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Greek and Roman Studies

Credits:
Variable

This course allows students to receive credit for studying languages not regularly offered on campus. Information concerning these
languages is available from the chair of the department.

Credits:
4

This course is a survey of a range of issues related to language acquisition and teaching. Among the areas covered are instructional
methodologies and approaches, second language acquisition theories, language skill development, language teaching and learning
technology, communicative and cultural competency, and assessment.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F4

Topics in Greek and Roman literature organized chronologically, thematically, generically, or by geographic region. Topics might include
literature of the fourth century BCE, love and gender, the ancient novel, or Alexandrian authors. The course aims to introduce students to
the basic methods of reading and writing critically but with an emphasis on the special qualities of ancient texts (production and
reception, e.g.). Background in the cultures of Greece and Rome will be offered as necessary to understand the texts in their cultural
context. Students may take this course more than once if topics change

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

This course will use documents and material artifacts to reconstruct the beliefs and rituals of the traditional religions of Greece and
Rome. The approach will focus on particular shared aspects of the sacred among the Greeks and Romans. Topics will include Greco-
Roman theology, sacrifice and its interpretation, hero cult, the afterlife, oracles and forms of prophecy, maintenance of sanctuaries,
philosophical religion and emperor worship.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A study of the mythoi from ancient Greece and Rome as transmitted in a variety of multiforms in the literary and the plastic arts,
including those from the ancient period and modern adaptations. The course aims to familiarize students with both the basic Greek and
Roman myths as well as the major schools of myth interpretation. Interpretative traditions to be covered may include those of the myth
and ritual school, the psychoanalysts, and the structuralists.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F4

This course will examine the relationship between the evolution of poetic genres and the contexts of performance. The approach and
range of topics will change from year to year. Examples of topics include Homeric poetry and the role of the oral tradition in the
definition and maintenance of communities during the Archaic period; lyric poetry and the function of the persona loquens in the polis;
Athenian tragedy and comedy as a reflection of the cultural, economic, and political concerns of Attika and the greater Greek-speaking
world; Roman comedy and the interaction between Greek and Roman cultural norms. Students may take this course more than once if
topics change.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F9

An exploration of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and associated regions but limited to those distinct from the predominant
cultures of Greece, Rome, and Israel. The course will describe these cultures using literary and material evidence from the cultures
themselves as well as interpretations from modern scholars. The course will also include a comparison with Greco-Roman descriptions
of the same cultures to investigate how culture influences perspective. Topics will vary but will focus on one cultural group with each
instance. Topics might include ancient Celtic, Egyptian, Iranian, or Nubian cultures.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F3

This course provides a broad survey of ancient political economy. The ancients played a very important role in the development of this
area of inquiry: they not only invented the term, but were also the first to discover some of the most seminal economic concepts of the
western tradition, such as the division of labor, marginal utility, and supply and demand. Perhaps more importantly, they were the first to
understand how essential these ideas were for promoting the common good. In addition to examining the economic policies and systems
of the major city-states and nations of antiquity and the changes they underwent over time, the course will investigate the political
economic thought of the Greek and Roman philosophers, such as Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero.

Credits:
4

This course introduces students to the study of the ancient world and its documentary and non-literary domains. Within the former
domain, topics of study will include the nature of ancient written texts, scholia, lexica, grammars, commentaries, interpretive analyses,
bibliographies, manuscript traditions, and modern scholarly resources. With regard to the non-literary sources of information, students
will become familiar with the types of material artifacts used to study the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the theoretical
approaches to the study. Although students may take this course at any time, majors must take this course before they enroll in GRS 475,
which they will normally take in the fall semester of the senior year. Course offered in alternate years; scheduled for 2014-15.

Credits:
1

This course prepares students to participate in Latin 232: Latin in Rome, GRS 305: Travel-Study in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the
Near East, the classical track of European Studies, and other opportunities for travel-study, for example, archaeological field schools and
trips to museum collections. This course generally focuses on one country or region (e.g. Egypt, Greece, Italy, or Turkey) each time it is
offered. Weekly meetings will cover introductory material on a variety of topics that will prepare students for their travel-study
experience. Students will be expected to complete a number of relevant readings, participate in discussions, and attend lectures and other
cultural activities.

Credits:
4

This course offers an intensive introduction to the material culture of ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. The course
generally focuses on one country, e.g., Egypt, Greece, Italy, or Turkey) each time it is offered. Through visits to archaeological sites and
museums, the course will cover the evolution of art, architecture, and other aspects of material culture beginning with the period of the
earliest human presence and, depending on the region, working through societies of the first millennium CE. The course of travel and
study generally lasts four weeks. If possible, students should enroll in at least one of the following courses as preparation for this course:
Art 220, 231, 318, 319, 320, History 205 (when appropriate). Students may take this course more than once if the itinerary changes.

Credits:
2

This course allows students to receive credit for participating in an off-campus internship or field school under professional supervision
in areas that pertain to the discovery, recovery, preservation, and study of artifacts from ancient or medieval European, Mediterranean,
and Near Eastern civilizations.

Credits:
4

This course introduces students to the methods, theories, and practices associated with primary (field or lab) and secondary (library)
research in archaeological survey with an emphasis on the use of information technologies, primarily geographical information systems (GIS). 

Credits:
1

In the spring semesters of their junior years, majors in GRS will prepare for the capstone experience by consulting with members of the
faculty to develop topics of inquiry and outline programs of research that will serve as a focus for their work in the discipline both during
their senior years and the summers before.

Credits:
4

This course represents the capstone experience for all majors in GRS. Although the specific topic of study will vary from year to year
depending on the interests and goals of the participants, students will engage in a significant scholarly investigation into some aspect of
the ancient world. The students’ work must reflect an engagement with primary materials and their familiarity with and ability to use
secondary resources. Students are encouraged to select topics that reflect their interests and postgraduate plans and incorporate their
work as majors and minors in fields other than GRS. Normally, the project will culminate in a research paper, but other products are
possible, such as a creative work. Generally, seniors will present the results of their work in an oral presentation for other students and
faculty members at an event scheduled on campus or at a conference for undergraduate research.

Credits:
1

In the spring semester of their senior years, majors in GRS will complete their capstone experiences by working with faculty members
on transforming their research into formats for public dissemination primarily as presentations for undergraduate conferences and
symposia. They will be responsible for developing abstracts, adapting their projects, and presenting their research in public settings such
as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCAS) at Rhodes or the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research
Symposium.

Credits:
4

These courses are for students working on an honors project as described above. Permission of the advisor is required for enrollment in
these courses.

Credits:
4

These courses are for students working on an honors project as described above. Permission of the advisor is required for enrollment in
these courses.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1, F3

This team-taught cross-disciplinary course traces the history of the Mediterranean world from 5th century Athens to the rise of the Roman Empire. Special attention will be given to ancient biography, historiography, and philosophy. The first half of the course, “Pericles and Athens”, will include the study of Plutarch and Thucydides’s accounts of the lives of Pericles and Alcibiades as well as Plato’s Apology and Symposium. In the second half of the course, “The Rise of Rome”, works by Aristotle, Plutarch, Caesar, Cicero and Tacitus will be considered. Common sessions will be followed by individual colloquium sessions. Part of the Track One: Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization of the European Studies Program.

Credits:
Degree Requirements:
F4, English major, 200-level course

This course consists of two parts. Part I traces the development of Greek poetry from the first personal poems of Archilochus and Sappho to the lyric splendor of the Theban Pindar, then the flowering of drama in fifth-century Athens. Plays of each of the three great classical tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides are read, as well as Aristophanes’ comedies that extracted humor from subjects surprisingly similar to those that agonized the audiences of tragedy. Part II traces Roman comedy, including the comic poets Plautus and Terence, and the rise of Roman tragedians like Seneca. Part of the Track One: Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization of the European Studies Program.