Classics in Translation


CLC 3301. Fundamentals of Rhetoric. Introduction to the art of speaking persuasively, as taught by the Greeks and Romans. Systematic approach to composing and delivering speeches. Study of model orations, ancient and modern, in English translations. Extensive practice.


CLC 3330. Historical Linguistics. The structural and the comparative approach with an emphasis on Indo-European languages. The formal, historical, and cultural connotations on man's symbol-creating capacity as manifested in vocabularies and grammar. Conducted in English.


CLC 4340. Classical Mythology. A study, through the reading of a series of texts in English translations, of the nature, the uses, and the development of Classical mythology as it appears in poetry and philosophy.


CLC 4350. Special Topics in Classics. Three-credit courses offered as needed, focusing on particular authors, periods, genres, or other topics of interest to teachers and students. For advanced students only.



Courses "in Related Fields"


"Related fields" refers to advanced courses that are taught by departments other than Classics, but can be counted for Classics credits because they study Greece or Rome.  (To get Classics credits for any course that is not listed here, students must obtain permission from the Classics Chairman.)


ART 5342. Ancient Art. A history of the art and architecture of Greece and/or Rome. The instructor may choose to emphasize a particular aspect of ancient art.


ENG 3355. Tragedy and Comedy. Studies of the major works of these two genres with a view toward understanding two alternative but concurrently enduring vistas upon the human condition. Readings normally include selections from the major Greek authors through Shakespearean examples of the dramatic genre.


HIS 3303. Ancient Greece. Beginning with the Mycenaean age, the course surveys the political and cultural development of Greece to the Hellenistic era. Topics include the character of the polis, Greece commerce and colonization, the Persian wars, the Athenian empire and its achievements, the Peloponnesian war, the fourth-century philosophy, Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic successor states.


HIS 3304. The Roman Republic. A survey of Roman history beginning with the founding of the city and concluding with the death of Julius Caesar. Topics include the regal period, the struggle of the orders, Roman imperialism, the development of Roman culture, and the crisis of the republican constitution.


HIS 3305. The Roman Empire. Surveys of the history of Rome from the Augustan age to the fall of the empire in the West. Topics include the principate and the development of absolutism, imperial culture, the impact of Christianity, the reforms of Diocletian and Constantine, and the causes of Roman decline.


HIS 3306. Topics in Ancient History.


PHI 3325. Ancient Philosophy. Greek and Roman philosophy, with special attention to Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic schools. Greek philosophy as the source of later western thought. Fall.


PHI 4335. Philosophy of Language . Study of the nature and kinds of language, with particular attention to syntactical, semantic, and logical characteristics. Examination of major past and contemporary theories. Offered as needed.


POL 3311. Thucydides: Justice, War, and Necessity. A careful reading of Thucydides'  History of the Pelopponesian War . The themes of the course include Thucydides' account of international relations, the justice of imperialism, the connections between foreign and domestic politics, rhetoric, and the grounds of politics in necessity and morality. Alternate years.


POL 3312. Political Regimes: Ancients, Christians, and the Advent of Modernity. An examination of ancient, Christian, and modern conceptions of the human soul, morality, and the political order. It will focus on the works of Plutarch or Cicero, St. Augustine, and Machiavelli. Special attention is paid to the different analyses of the Roman Republic and the Empire, and the ways of life found in each. Fall and Spring.


POL 3331. Plato's Republic. The Socratic method in politics studied through a careful reading of the Republic , the seminal book in political philosophy in the Western tradition. An adequate approach to the dialogue form is emphasized in the interpretation. Fall and Spring.


POL 3332. Aristotle's Politics. A careful reading of the fundamental work on politics. Aristotle is said to have systematized and made more practical the philosophic speculations of Socrates and Plato. Discussion of the extent to which this is true, and why Aristotle' s work remains fundamental to the understanding of political life. Fall and Spring.


POL 4350. Aristotle's Ethics. The ethical basis of political life as it comes into sight through a study of the Nichomachean Ethics. Alternate years.