Undergraduate Courses Fall 2017

CLASS-UA 003 Elementary Latin I
001.  M-TH 9:30-10:45, TBA
002.  M-TH 3:30-4:45, TBA

Introduction to the essentials of Latin, the language of Vergil, Caesar, and Seneca. Five hours of instruction weekly, with both oral and written drills and an emphasis on the ability to read Latin rather than merely translate it.

CLASS-UA 005 Intermediate Latin I: Reading Prose
001.  M, T, W 9:30-10:45, Calloway Scott
002.  M, T, TH 12:30-1:45, Adam Becker

Teaches second-year students to read Latin prose through comprehensive grammar review; emphasis on the proper techniques for reading (correct phrase division, the identification of clauses, and reading in order); and practice reading at sight. Authors may include Caesar, Cicero, Cornelius Nepos, Livy, Petronius, or Pliny, at the instructor's discretion.

CLASS-UA 007 Elementary Ancient Greek I, M-TH 11:00-12:15, Calloway Scott
Introduction to the complex but highly beautiful language of ancient Greece--the language of Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides, and Plato. Students learn the essentials of ancient Greek vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. Five hours of instruction weekly, with both oral and written drills and an emphasis on the ability to read Greek rather than merely translate it.

CLASS-UA009 Intermediate Ancient Greek I: Plato, M, T, W 2:00-3:15, Raffaella Cribiore

Reading of Plato’s Apology and Crito and selections from the Republic. The purpose of the course is to develop facility in reading Attic prose. Supplements readings in Greek with lectures on Socrates and the Platonic dialogues.

CLASS-UA 146 Greek and Roman Epic, T&TH 12:30-1:45, Alessandro Barchiesi
Detailed study of the epic from its earliest form, as used by Homer, to its use by the Roman authors. Concentrates on the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer and on Vergil’s Aeneid, but may also cover the Argonautica of the Alexandrian poet Apollonius of Rhodes and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, as well as the epics representative of Silver Latin by Lucan, Silius Italicus, and Valerius Flaccus.

CLASS-UA 291.00 Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece, M&W 11:00-12:15, Joan Connelly
What impact did built urban development have on local communities across the ancient Greek world?  What was the relationship between sacred spaces and the growth and structure of Greek cities?  This survey examines Greek urban and religious centers from the time of their foundation through the end of Roman rule.  We will look at landscape, topography, archaeology, local myth narratives, and the ways in which religious, political, social, economic, and cultural forces shaped the growth and development of cities and sanctuaries.  Special emphasis on: the relation between architecture and society, city planning and design, continuity of sacred space, construction methods and innovations, connectivity of sites, as well as the theories and concepts that inform the study of Greek urbanism.  Micro-scale as well as regional trends will be considered along with the role of urban borderscapes as arenas for social, political and cultural interaction.

CLASS-UA 292 History of Ancient Law, M&W 11:00-12:15, Michael Peachin
Examines the development of law and legal systems and the relationships of these to the societies that created them, starting with some ancient Near Eastern systems and working down to the Roman period. The main focus is on the fully developed system of Roman law.

CLASS-UA 293.001 (ARTH-UA 850.003) Greek Islands: Myth, Archaeology, and Networks, M 3:30-6:00, Joan Connelly
From the birth of Apollo on Delos to the Byzantine monasteries of Patmos; from the from the copper mines of Cyprus to the marble quarries of Naxos; from the palaces of Minoan Crete to the Crusader castles of Rhodes, Greek islands comprise a dynamic arena of ecological, cultural, religious, political, economic, and strategic interaction.  This course examines the phenomenon of Insularity across the Greek world from Prehistory through Byzantine times with special emphasis on archaeology and material culture.  We shall look at the functions and exploitation of islands as places of isolation and connectivity; of refuge and exile; as geo-political/strategic hubs and uninhabited wastelands; as resource-rich and utterly barren.  Special emphasis on: ecology and environment; art and architecture; myth and history; religious, political and economic networks; colonization; related coastcapes and maritime ‘small worlds’.

CLASS-UA 293.003 (HBRJD-UA 150) Ancient Egyptian Mythology and Religion, M&W 2:00-3:15, Ann Macy Roth
Ancient Egyptian Mythology and Religion will focus on many aspects of Egyptian religion: conceptions of the divine in a polytheistic context, temple ritual, hymns, personal piety, the relationship between religion and magic, mortuary religion and its evolution and material consequences.  Questions will be approached through both study of the primary sources in English translation: myths (very broadly conceived), other religious writings (including mortuary texts such as the Book of the Dead and the Underworld books), as well as art and artifacts  connected with religious practice, such as amulets and votives.  In addition, students will read the standard secondary source analyses by noted historians of Egyptian religion and critique them based on the primary sources.  

CLASS-UA 294.001 (THEA-UT 732.001) Staging Greek Drama:  Playing the Greeks, R 3:30-6:10, Peter Meineck
This new course combines practical workshops with scholarly discussion to examine different aspects of how ancient Greek plays were staged. Themes include masks, movement, the chorus, gender, narrative, music, ritual, space, politics, social conflict, trauma, and emotions. Students will work in a studio environment on the texts of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Menander in translation. Students interested in classical drama, acting and directing, ancient Greek literature and culture will participate in a mixed class of TSOA and CAS students. 

This class is taught by Peter Meineck, Professor of Classics in the Modern World at NYU and the founding director of Aquila Theatre (www.aquilatheatre.com).

CLASS-UA 846 (RELST-UA.846) Virgins, Martyrs, Monks & Saints in Early Christianity, T&TH 9:30-10:45, Adam Becker
What was it about Christianity that it made it so popular in the ancient world? Was it the martyrs volunteering for public execution? Monks’ sexual renunciation? The isolation of hermits living on the tops of columns in the wilderness? Or perhaps orthodoxy and its politically divisive anxieties about heretics and Jews? In fact, all these things (and more) explain how a small Jewish messianic sect from Palestine became the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. This course will provide an introduction to the big questions in the history of early Christianity. The focus will be on early Christian literature, such as martyr texts, saints’ lives, and works of monastic spirituality and mysticism. Issues addressed will include the Christian reception of Greco-Roman antiquity, the origins of anti-Semitism, gender and sexuality in the early Church, and the emergence of Christian theology.

CLASS-UA 871 Advanced Latin: Lucretius, M&W 9:30-10:45, David Sider

CLASS-UA 975 Advanced Greek: Philosophy, M&W 6:30-9:00, Marko Malink