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Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies Course Offerings

CLAS / LATN 101 Elementary Latin
An introduction to classical Latin with emphasis on the grammar, syntax and vocabulary necessary for reading Latin prose and poetry. The course also stresses the influence of Latin on English vocabulary. Fall semester.

CLAS / LATN 102 Intermediate Latin (Core: SL)
A continuation of CLAS 101, with extended reading passages in Latin prose and poetry. Prerequisite: CLAS 101. Spring semester.

CLAS 105 Classical Languages for the Professions (Core: SL)
Professionals in a wide variety of fields rely upon technical terminology to communicate the specific and complex ideas unique to their given profession. These technical terminologies all have roots in the Classical languages of Ancient Greek and Latin, and this language course offers a unique opportunity for students to tap into these roots, the better to prepare for the rigors of their chosen field. This course will be of particular benefit to those entering the medical or legal professions, but will also have practical applications to students in the Natural Sciences, Political Science, Business, Communication, Psychology, or Education. Study of the Classical languages may also help improve critical thinking and problem solving skills, enhance English vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills, and boost graduate school entrance exam scores. This course satisfies the second language requirement for the College. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or Greek 111 Spring semester.

CLAS / GREK 111 Elementary Greek 1
An introduction to Attic Greek with emphasis on the grammar, syntax and vocabulary necessary for reading Greek prose and poetry. Fall semester.

CLAS / GREK 112 Elementary Greek 2 (Core: SL)
A continuation of CLAS 111, with extended reading passages in Greek prose and poetry. Prerequisite: CLAS 111. Spring semester.

CLAS / LATN 203 Readings in Latin (Core: SL)
After learning more about Latin grammar, students translate a variety of texts that bring them in touch with the rich humanity of thoughtful human beings who lived 2000 years ago; authors considered include Catullus, Cicero, Horace and Pliny. Prerequisite: CLAS 102. Fall semester.

CLAS / LATN 204 Advanced Reading in Latin (Core: SL)
This course continues to develop proficiency in Latin vocabulary and grammar through readings of Latin literature selected by the students. The course assists students incorporating the Latin language and the skills developed in previous Latin courses into their daily lives and chosen career paths. Prerequisite: CLAS 203.

CLAS / PHIL 207 Greek Philosophy
A study of the ancient Greek thinkers who initiated Western philosophy. The course begins with the pre-Socratic philosophers and then focuses on Plato and Aristotle. Fall semester.

CLAS / GREK 213 Intermediate Greek (Core: SL)
Continued study of grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Greek prose and poetry. Readings may include selections from Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato or early Christian texts. Prerequisite: CLAS 112. Fall semester.

CLAS / WOLT 325 Classical Mythology (Adv. Core: WT)
This course studies both Greek and Roman mythology in their literary and cultural contexts. The course considers the meanings, purposes and universality of various myths, such as the stories of Prometheus, Orpheus, Oedipus and Aeneas. It may also include comparative elements, such as Norse, Celtic and American Indian myths.

CLAS / HIST 326 The History of Ancient Greece
This course explores ancient Greek civilization from its dawn in the second millennium B.C. to its absorption by the Roman Empire in the third century B.C. Key themes include tyranny and democracy; innovations in philosophy and science; competition through warfare and athletics; mythology, poetry and history; and new standards in art and architecture. This course seeks to illustrate how different the world would be without the vibrant and creative culture of ancient Greece. Fall semester, alternate years.

CLAS / THRS 327 Ancient Wisdom and the Modern Search for Meaning (Adv. Core: CI)
What is the good life? What can a person truly know? Is there justice in the world? These are some of the fundamental, universal questions of the human condition. This course raises these questions and looks at how the biblical wisdom literature answers them, along with similar writings from elsewhere in the ancient world as well as modern literature and film. As a result of this analysis, students have the opportunity to construct a coherent and viable structure of meaning for their own lives.

CLAS / HIST 328 The History of Ancient Rome
This course is an exploration of Roman civilization from its origin in a tiny Italian village in the eighth century B.C. to the decline of its vast empire in the fifth century A.D. Key themes include political, administrative and legal achievements; conquest, imperialism and multiculturalism; the shift from republic to empire; daily life in town and country; the impact of Christianity; architecture and urbanism. This course is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in the Roman experience and a keen awareness of what we, today, owe the Romans of the distant past. Spring semester, alternate years.

CLAS / PHIL 334 Tragedy and Philosophy (Adv. Core EI)
A study of tragedy as a dramatic and literary form and the different Western philosophical theories of tragedy inspired by that art form. One half of the course concentrates on Greek tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides) and its commentators, both ancient (Plato and Aristotle) and modern. The second half examines both Renaissance and modern examples of the tragic tradition with contemporary philosophical readings on the significance of that tradition. Spring semester, alternate years.

CLAS 335 A Brief History of Body Parts (Adv. Core: BB)
The course traces the impact of ancient medical thought on modern medical theory and practice, studying how concepts foundational to modern medicine got their start in the classical world. Such concepts include not only certain anatomical structures and physiological functions, but the very idea of anatomy itself – literally a “dividing up” of the body into parts – as the basis for a naturalistic understanding of health and disease, and ultimately, for the therapeutic approaches characteristic of Western medicine.

CLAS 490 Independent Study (2 or 4 credits)
This course allows a student and instructor to read a major classical author or text of particular interest. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent and approval of the associate dean of humanities.

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