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Classical Studies

Division of Humanities

The subject of classical studies is the study of ancient Greece and Rome. This includes literature, philosophy, history, art, architecture, science, and religion and mythology. The classical studies major is thus quite broad, encompassing language, history, and culture in its fullest sense. Clearly, classical studies students will develop and analyze basic knowledge about the ancient world, especially to gain an appreciation of its breadth and diversity. Students will learn to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries, developing such linguistic skills as reading ancient texts in the original and such critical skills as researching, analyzing, and synthesizing diverse data from fields relevant to classical studies. Students will build on their training in classical studies to make connections to other academic disciplines.


James Morrison(chair-fall), Dan Manheim (chair-CentreTerm and spring), Danielle La Londe


Tyler Rowe

Requirements for the Major

A. Language
1. Basic skills at entrance in an ancient language (Greek, Hebrew, Latin); or CLA 120 or CLA 121 with a grade of “C-” or higher
2. Three further courses in an ancient language, no more than one of which may be at the beginning level

B. Civilization
1. CLA 301 or 302
2. CLA 342 or 344
3. One of CLA 321-339
4. One additional CLA course numbered 300 or higher

C. Electives
Any two of the following (or other courses with approval of the Classical studies committee):
CLA courses numbered 300 or higher (when not used for “Civilization” requirements)
ANT 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
ANT 380 Archaeology: Theory and Practice
ART 260 Survey of Western Art-I
ART 360 Classical Art
DRA 133 Foundations of Western Theatre-I
POL 300 Western Political Theory-I
PHI 210 Ancient Philosophy
REL 110 Biblical History and Ideas
REL 315 New Testament Literature

Requirements for the Minor

A. Language
1. Basic skills at entrance in an ancient language (Greek, Hebrew, Latin); or CLA 120 or CLA 121 with a grade of “C-” or higher
2. Two courses in an ancient language at the intermediate level or higher

B. Civilization
1. CLA 301 or 302
2. CLA 342 or 344

C. Electives
Any two courses from the elective list under major requirements

Classical Studies Courses

CLA 110, 120 Latin Fundamentals-I, II (four credit hours each)
A course in Latin. An introduction to the grammar, morphology, and syntax of classical Latin with concentration on the works of Eutropius, Caesar, and Catullus. Throughout the two courses, attention is paid to Roman mythology, history, and culture. Prerequisite: CLA 110 for 120.

CLA 111 Introduction to Ancient Greek (four credit hours)
A course in Ancient Greek. A course designed to develop the ability to read elementary Greek and to prepare students to read Homer, Plato, and the New Testament in the original. Includes an introduction to Greek epic poetry.

CLA 121 New Testament Greek (four credit hours)
A course in Ancient Greek. After a review of grammar, this course studies passages from the Greek New Testament (the Gospels, Acts, Revelation), leading to possible further course work in Greek epic, tragedy, or philosophy. Prerequisite: CLA 111 or permission of the instructor.

CLA 210, 310, 410, 411 Roman Literary Masterpieces-I, II, III, IV
A course in Latin. Selected readings from two or three Latin authors in Latin. Readings vary from year to year and may include Cicero, Pliny, Lucretius, Propertius, Ovid, etc. Also includes a general review of the primary structures of the language. CLA 210 may be repeated, in which case a commensurately higher level of performance is expected. Prerequisite: CLA 120 for 210 or placement; 210 for 310 or placement; 310 for 410 and 410 for 411. Offered in fall term.

CLA 213/313 Romans in Love
A course in Latin. A consideration of three distinct views of love ( amor ) by reading Luctretius (love as disease), Propertius (love as slavery), and Ovid (the art of love). Topics examined include: the relationship between the lover and the beloved; the roles of Venus and Cupid; the literary genres of epic and love elegy; and the influence of Greek literature and philosophy upon Roman poetry. A course in Latin. Prerequisite: one year of college Latin for 213; two years of college Latin for 313.

CLA 220, 320, 420, 421 Republican and Imperial Latin Literature-I, II, III, IV
A course in Latin. A concentrated study of one Latin author or work in Latin. Topics vary from year to year and may include Juvenal, Horace's satires and odes, Vergil, Catullus, etc. CLA 220 may be repeated, in which case a commensurately higher level of performance is expected. Prerequisite: CLA 210 for 220 or placement; 220 for 320 or placement; 320 for 420 and 420 for 421. Offered in spring term.

CLA 301 History of Ancient Greece
A course in English. A survey of ancient Greece from prehistory through the Roman Conquest. Topics include: Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, the rise of the polis, Greece colonization, the invention of science and philosophy, Athenian democracy, the invasion of Xerxes, the Golden Age of Athens, the Peloponnesian War, the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the Alexandrian Library, and Cleopatra. This survey relies on primary sources, while also venturing to consider politics, warfare, citizenship, slavery, the status of women, religion, and the alphabet. A course in translation. (Also listed as HIS 301.)

CLA 302 History of Ancient Rome
A course in English. A study of ancient Rome from its founding to the fall of the empire. Topics include: prehistory, founding, establishment of the Republic, the Punic Wars, expansion of Rome, provincial administration, the careers of Cicero and Julius Caesar, the civil wars, citizenship, slavery, status of women, the destruction of Pompeii, rule by the emperors, the coming of Christianity, and theories explaining the end of the empire. A course in translation. (Also listed as HIS 302.)

CLA 321-329 Topics in Classical Literature in Translation

CLA 322 Lyric and Elegiac Poetry
A course in English. Readings in Greek and Roman short verse form (Archilochos, Sappho, Alkaios, Catullus, Horace, Martial, etc.); an examination of the subject matter of short poems (lamentation, longing, passion, and dead parrot) as well as some occasions for song (lullabies, harvest, drinking, weddings); a look at parallels in 20th-century American song and verse. Readings all in English. (Also listed as ENG 235.)

CLA 323 Ancient and Modern Comedy and Satire
A course in English. Readings in Greek and Roman comedy and satire (Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, Horace, Juvenal); theories of humor and comedy (e.g., Aristotle, Freud); and a consideration of modern comedy and humor, including political and social satire from Washington to Dave Barry and the Simpsons. Readings in English; weekly movies. (Also listed as ENG 235.)

CLA 324 Monsters in Word and Image
Students explore monsters and the broad cultural issues raised by their inclusion in literary, visual, and performance arts, tracing some perennial types (e.g., the biformed human, the ogre, the werewolf) from antiquity to the present as they appear in such genres as epic and lyric poetry, fiction, drama, opera, film, painting and sculpture. No prerequisites.

CLA 330 Introduction to Classical Mythology
A course in English. The “biographies” of the major divinities of Greek mythology are studied in depth, using various ancient texts in translation and secondary materials from such related fields as anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and psychology. Near Eastern and Roman mythologies are compared with the Greek. A course in translation.

CLA 331-339 Topics in Classical Mythology

CLA 342 Ancient Greek Society and Culture
A course in English. An exploration of the distinctive and influential features of ancient Greek culture. Focus is on three areas: a detailed exploration of Homer's Iliad with a consideration of oral poetry, archaeology, religion, heroism and the heroic code, Achilles in Vietnam, etc.; Athenian democracy with an exploration of its development--and how it contrasts with modern democracy and the Spartan constitution, position of women, tragedy, comedy, and panhellenism; and philosophy and science with a look at its origins and culmination with Hippocratic medicine and the Aristotelian world-view. A course in translation. (Also listed as HIS 314.)

CLA 344 Roman Culture
A course in English. An examination of Roman public and private life as revealed by literary and artistic sources. A course in translation. (Also listed as HIS 313.)

CLA 345 Doctors and Medicine in Ancient Rome
This course explores the world of healthcare in Imperial Rome, from its competing theories of how the body works to its position in society and regulation under the Roman legal system. Through primary sources paired
with material culture we will discuss ancient medical theory, the role of the physician in his or her society, emerging practices in pharmacy, surgery, and gynecology, and ancient ethical debates and dilemmas. Throughout the course we will be discussing the ways in which ancient sources from the Roman Empire continue to influence and underpin the way Westerners think about their bodies and their healthcare systems.

CLA 350  The Ides of March: A Crime Scene Investigation   
A course in English. A look at one of history's most infamous murders, namely, the assassination of Julius Caesar. Students use ancient and contemporary sources and re-enactments to gain understanding of the socio-political milieu and of the figures involved, to envisage the scene of the crime, and to establish motives and the sequence of events. Fictional accounts and Mafia lore are used for comparisons. All materials in English translation. Prerequisite: none.