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CLAS 210 A: Greek and Roman Classics in English

Raphael: The School of Athens
Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
THO 101
Alain M. Gowing
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Diana Molkova
Philopappos Hill
Joshua Zacks

Syllabus Description:

Epic, history, philosophy, tragedy, comedy, lyric: invented or reinvented by the Greeks and Romans, transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean to modern world literature. Whether you are completely new to this material, or looking to connect texts already read with texts not yet read, in this course we will explore some fascinating examples of literature and thought. Homer and Virgil; Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; Herodotus and Tacitus; Catullus and Ovid; Sappho, Plato and more: great authors who have been shaping great conversations for over 2000 years.  Three lectures each week, team-taught by the entire faculty of the Department of Classics; twice-weekly discussion sections in which you will find out how these texts talk to each other and how they can talk to you. This course will also be offered in Autumn Quarter 2019.


Students in previous quarters have said:

"The different lecturers was an incredible way to run the class. I loved hearing from new people on different topics."

"It was insightful and interesting and different from my previous classes."

"It was both entertaining and educational to read so many classic plays/poems and tragedies from both Greek and Roman literature."

"Excellent class; especially grateful for the team-teaching character of the class -- different instructors' style presented."

"I enjoyed all the stories and it expanded my knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology."

"I enjoyed the analysis and comparison of ancient works.  It was interesting to see the parallels between ancient works and modern topics."

"I enjoyed being able to learn more about Greek and Roman history."


Grades are determined as follows:

Participation in sections: 15%

Quizzes: 15%

Midterm: 30%

Final examination: 40%

Questions? Contact the Classics department at



M W F            10:30 - 11:20 Thomson 101



Section AA:    T Th   10:30 -11:20   in SMITH 313   Molkova

Section AB:   T Th    10:30-11:20    in SMITH 311   Zacks

Section AC:    T Th   11:30-12:20    in SMITH 309  Molkova

Section AD:   T Th    11:30-12:20    in SMITH 307  Zacks


PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED

Course Coordinator

Professor Alain M. Gowing Office:  Denny M262C (phone messages 543-2266) 



Classics 210 Website:         course syllabus and readings will be available on Canvas


Teaching Assistants

Joshua Zacks             Office: Denny 400K


Diana Molkova            Office: Denny 400K



All mailboxes are located in the Classics Department Office, Denny 262 (543-2266)



Professors Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levin-Richardson, and Topper


Required Reading  (Available at the University Bookstore)

Homer's Iliad,  trans. Green

Greek Tragedies Vol. I  ed. Greene and Lattimore (3rd Edition)

Euripides, Medea, trans. Taplin.

Aristophanes' The Clouds , trans. Henderson

Plato’s Symposium  trans. Sharon

Apollonius of Rhodes, Jason and the Golden Fleece,  trans. Hunter

Plautus, The Pot of Gold and Other Plays, trans. Watling

Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe  trans. Englert

Aeneid of Virgil  trans. Fitzgerald

Ovid’s Metamorphoses  trans. Melville

Seneca's Phaedra  trans. Ahl

Selections from: Greek Lyric, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Catullus, Juvenal and Tacitus  (available on Canvas)


The Final Exam will be held on Monday, June 10, 2018, 8:30-10:20 in Thomson 101


Lecture Schedule with Reading Assignments



4/1       Topper             Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization

4/3       Topper            Introduction to Greece and Greek Culture

4/5       Topper             Homer I:                       Bronze Age, Iron Age: Background to Greek Epic



4/8       Clauss              Homer II                       Homer's Iliad  Books 1-6, 9

4/10     Clauss             Homer III                      Homer's Iliad  Books 16-19, 22 – 24

4/12     Hollmann         Tragedy I                      Greek Tragedies - Aeschylus' Agamemnon



4/15     Molkova           Tragedy II                     Greek Tragedies - Euripides' Medea

4/17     Kamen             Tragedy III                    Greek Tragedies -Sophocles' Oedipus the King

4/19     Hollmann         Greek Comedy             Aristophanes' The Clouds



4/22     Zacks               Greek Lyric                   Readings on Canvas: Greek Lyric

4/24     Kamen             Greek Historians I           Readings on Canvas: Herodotus

4/26     Hollmann         Greek Historians II        Readings on Canvas: Thucydides



4/29     Kamen             Plato I                          Plato's Symposium        

5/1       Kamen             Plato II                         Plato's Symposium, concluded

5/3       Clauss              Apollonius of Rhodes   Jason & the Golden Fleece Bk.1, p 1-24,31-35;

                                                                        Bk. 2, p. 36-51; Bk. 3; Bk. 4, p. 99-119, 137-140     


5/6       MIDTERM EXAM

5/8       Gowing                        Introduction to Rome and Roman Culture

5/10     Levin-Richardson         Roman Comedy           Plautus'  Pseudolus



5/13     Clauss                          Lucretius                      1.1-634; 3.830-1094; 4.962-1287;

5.772-1457; 6.1090-1286

5/15     Levin-Richardson         Catullus                        Readings on Canvas: Catullus

5/17     Gowing                        Roman Historians I       Readings on Canvas: Livy




5/20     Connors                       Vergil I                         Vergil's Aeneid  Books 1, 2 and 4

5/22     Connors                       Vergil II                        Vergil's Aeneid  Books 6 - 8

5/24     Connors                       Vergil III                       Vergil's Aeneid  Books 11 –12



5/27     ****HOLIDAY****

5/29     Hinds                           Ovid I                           Metamorphoses Books 1, 2 to middle p. 36

5/31     Hinds                          Ovid II                          Metamorphoses Books 10, 11 to top p.251




6/3       Gowing                        Roman Historians II                  Readings on Canvas:  Tacitus

6/5       Hinds                           Roman Tragedy                        Seneca's Phaedra

6/7       Levin-Richardson         "Sex and the City:                      Readings on CommonView: Juvenal

                                                Juvenal Satires 3 and 6               Satires 3 and 6


Final Exam:  Monday, June 10, 8:30-10:20AM

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to classical literature through a study of the major Greek and Latin authors in modern translation. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm