Graduate Courses Spring 2017

CLASS-GA 1001 Introduction to Classical Studies (CUNY), R, 6:30 - 8:30, Jennifer Roberts

CLASS-GA 1002 Archaeologies of the Greek Landscape, T, 6:30 - 8:30, Joan Breton Connelly 

How did geography and the environment shape the ways that communities and individuals interacted with one another across the Greek world?   How did the Greeks perceive, experience and exploit local landscapes and resources? This seminar focuses on: myth, landscape and sacred space; location of settlements, cities, and sanctuaries; ‘socialization’ of landscape; material culture within space and place; economic and political relationships; trade and exchange networks; technological innovations in agriculture, seafaring, and metallurgy; human alteration of land/cultural modifications to landscape.  From the testimonia of ancient geographers, historians, and travellers, to Antiquarian accounts from the 16th century on, to the Topographic Tradition of the 19th century, and  “Cultural-History” Archaeology of the 20thcentury, we will track the roots and emergence of “Landscape Archaeology” as a sub-discipline in the 1960s/1970s. Developments in the decades that followed include: emphasis on surface and regional intensive/extensive surveys, quantitative studies, spatial data, archaeological prospection, modelling artifact distributions and analytical GIS. Select readings from: Herodotus, Strabo, Pausanias, Leake, Gell, Muller, Pendlebury, Hope Simpson, Bintliff, Renfrew, MacDonald, Rapp, Braudel, Snodgrass, Hodder, Cherry, Kardoulias, Horden, Purcell, Knapp, Alcock, Malkin, Elsner, and Broodbank.

CLASS-GA 1005 Latin Survey, M&W, 2:00 - 3:15, David Levene
We will be studying a number of Latin texts from the Augustan period to late antiquity. Apart from simply reading and understanding the texts, we will be seeking to examine their place in the development of Latin literature; we will also be surveying a variety of critical approaches adopted by modern scholars, through close readings of key articles and books on the the different authors.

CLASS-GA 1013 Survey of Greek Literature (Fordham), T, 4:15 - 6:15, Mathew McGowan & Sarah Peirce 
The course offers a survey of Greek literature from Homer to Plutarch. Each week we will read extensive selections from different authors that appear on the M.A./Ph.D. reading list. For our weekly meetings students will be asked to read the corresponding chapter in Albrecht Dihle’s History of Greek Literature (Routledge 1994). All are welcome to attend.

CLASS-GA 3000 Future of the Past (Fordham), T, 6:30 - 8:30, Jason Pedicone
What is Classics? Where does it come from? Where is it going? These are questions of existential importance for those who have taken a professional interest in the field of Classical Studies, but they are rarely studied formally in graduate school. This seminar will offer graduate students the opportunity to engage with and explore these questions about our field, and to examine themes of particular relevance to the future of the discipline.  It will start with an overview of the history of Classical Scholarship from Alexandria to the present day, and then explore various themes related to the future development of the field such as: the role of a classical education in American education; the development of the field of philology; comparison of current models for classical educational around the world; studies in the demographics of interest in classics worldwide; models for outreach in classics; exploration of possible alternative career outcomes for Classics Ph.D's; and the role classical studies will play in the future of higher education. The seminar will welcome guest speakers including several Paideia Legionnaires."
Readings will be drawn from the following:
History of Classical Scholarship, Volumes I and II by Rudolf Pfeiffer
Selections from History of Classical Scholarship by John Sandys
Philology by David Turner
Organizing Enlightenment by Chad Wellman
"From Polyhistor to Philolog" by Anthony Grafton
The Tyranny of Greece over Germany by E.M. Butler
Wolf's Prolegomena ad Homerum, A. Grafton, G. Most, & J. Zetzel edition
Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy and Wilamotitz' Future Philology
The Founders and the Classics and The Golden Age of Classics in America, by Carl J. Richards
Who Killed Homer? by Victor Davis Hanson
Excellent Sheep by Bill Deriesewicz
The Graduate School Mess by Leonard Casutto
College: What is Is, Was, and Should Be by Andrew Del Banco
The Future of the Classical by Salvatore Settis (2006)

CLASS-GA 3000-002, Through the Eyes of Coins: Trade & Wealth in the Ancient World, T, 3:30-6:00, Gilles Bransbourg & Peter Van Alfen from the American Numismatic Society
Coins are much more than just money. They are windows in the way people organize their politics, their societies, and, of course, their economies. Coins were first struck in the ancient Mediterranean world in the late 7th century BC and rapidly spread throughout Greece coinciding with the revolutionary changes that gave birth to the Greek city-state. Greek and Roman expansions led to increased monetization all across the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds, shaping political structures, fiscal regimes, domestic and international trade. This course begins by looking at archaic Greece before coinage, seeking to understand what money was before coinage, and how trade and wealth were organized. Thereafter, it focuses on the ways in which coinage altered these organizations and structures through Greco-Roman antiquity, leading to entirely new concepts like fiduciarity, exchange rate risk, and inflation. The course will cover the history, methods and theories of numismatics, and will include hands-on experience with ancient coins, while dealing with the impact that coinage had on ancient societies.

CLASS-GA 2887 Ovid’s Metamorphoses, W, 4:15 - 6:15, Alessandro Barchiesi 
The seminar addresses one of the crucial texts of the Western tradition, now in roughly its 2000th year of reception history. The main goal is to encourage participants to develop research approaches and offer fresh papers on the text but also on its reception and influence.

Knowledge of Latin, not necessarily very advanced, is necessary. The texts for the seminar discussion will be translated and explained in class.

Some of the main areas of interest: mythology, the construction of landscape, gender, metamorphosis, poetic models, tragedy and epic, cosmology, Imperial ideology, narrative style and narratology, Roman Hellenism, material culture in epic, emotions and their representation.

Text: Tarrant's Oxford Classical Text of Metamorphoses; other bibliography will be indicated in class.

CLASS-GA 3003 Latin Prose Composition (CUNY), M, 6:30 - 8:30, Philip Thibodeau 

CLASS-GA 2878  PlautusW, 6:30 - 8:30, Emilia Barbiero 
This course focuses on the epistolary motif in Plautine comedy, exploring the complex dynamics engendered when text appears on stage. How does Plautus use the letter and its thorny conventions to create comic mischief and advance (or undo) the plot? What role do missives play in the playwright's poetics - particularly in the construction of metatheatre? After looking at the origins of the embedded epistle in Greek literature, we will investigate the reading and writing of letters on the Roman comic stage through close study of the Plautine 'letter plays' (BacchidesCurculioPersaPseudolus and Trinummus).

CLASS 3002 History from/in the Arts (CUNY), M, 4:15 - 6:15, Liv Yarrow 
An investigation into how and why we today use literary and visual media when reconstructing the past and how this intersects with context and function of ancient artistic and literary production. 

CLASS-GA 3202 Workshop on Greek Sight Reading (CUNY), R, 4:15 - 6:15, Dee Clayman (1 Credit)
A knowledge of basic Greek grammar and vocabulary is assumed. The class will meet for 1.5 hours each week. Regular attendance is required. The instructor will bring to class each week texts selected from the works of authors on the reading list, with an emphasis on prose. Students will be challenged to translate them on the spot in writing, and discussion will follow of strategies for producing accurate and literal translations. The course is ideal for students preparing to take a Greek translation exam (MA of PhD), but any student enrolled in the MA or PhD in Classics, Ancient History, or Comparative Literature may register until the course limit is reached.

ISAW Courses

ISAW-GA 3012-001
 Sciences and Intellectual Life in the Second Century Roman Empire, M, 9:00 - 12:00, Alexander Jones & Claire Bubb

This seminar will cover the wide range of intellectual activity in the Roman Empire in the second century AD. Though its literature has at times been dismissed as second-rate or derivative, the second century was home to some of the most prolific and influential writers in their fields in antiquity, especially in the sciences, making it a fertile period for the study of interdisciplinary cross-pollination. The social history of the period is also of rich interest, especially that around the Second Sophistic, a rhetorical movement that offers insights into the role of Greeks and Greekness in the Roman world, as well as the social and intellectual mores of the time. We will cover a variety of topics, including, potentially, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, miscellany, rhetoric and showmanship, and autobiography.

Knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin and permission of the instructors are required.