Courses Offered Next Term

Classics Courses, Spring 2022 

The following courses can count towards the completion of Classics degrees. 


In English: 

History 377A: Roman Empire [HM, HE, Focus Justice] 

MWF 1:50-2:45, Quad 343, Jason Schlude 

An examination of the history of the Roman empire, beginning with Julius Caesar and Augustus, who introduced rule by Roman emperor in the late first century B.C.E., and ending with Constantine, who legalized Christianity in the fourth century C.E. Our point of departure is the vastness of this empire. It stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Euphrates River, from the North Sea to the Sahara Desert. As such, it encompassed and encountered numerous peoples and cultures, many subject to the power Rome. With this in mind, we will try to achieve a more balanced view of life in the Roman empire by investigating it from the perspective of the rulers and the ruled. To this end, we will (1) study the Roman emperors and their policies, (2) grapple with the struggles of an example subject people, the Jews, under Roman empire, and (3) support students in their pursuit of research projects that will underscore the rich diversity of experience within the Roman world. Throughout we will focus especially on the potential of ancient evidence to answer the following questions. What were the priorities of the Romans, and especially the emperor, in the maintenance of the Roman empire? What was the response of subject peoples like the ancient Jews to that empire? What strategies did they develop for political, cultural (especially religious), social, and economic survival? As we pursue these questions, students will have the opportunity to take part in many well-informed class discussions and to engage more deeply with particular issues through thoughtful papers and collaborative workgroup sessions. Such work will allow members of the class to grow in a range of ways, including the following. 


Humanities 327: Classical Mythology [HM, HE] 

MWF 10:20-11:15, Quad 341, Scott Richardson 

The mythological view of the world as presented in tales of gods and heroes. Myth as an explanation of cosmic and natural forces and of human life. Its role in art and literature. 


English 385J: Medieval Women [HM, HE] 

TuTh 2:20-3:40, Quad 347, Jessica Harkins 

During the Middle Ages, commonplace depictions of women portrayed them as either all-powerful temptresses or husband-destroying nags. Yet in reality women enjoyed little to no sexual freedom or legal authority. In this course, students examine the gap between these images and gendered realities as we study medieval literature and histories of power. We look carefully at women as writers of and as subjects in medieval texts—reading for instance the female mystics, the romances of Marie de France and Chrétien de Trois, the defense of women by Christine de Pizan, and excerpts from Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The course provides historical context for reading these figures, and students may expect to learn about the material conditions of writing (who was able or unable to write and why); to examine medieval history, culture, and law surrounding gender, and the origins of modern attitudes; and to compare male and female medieval writers – their concerns, approaches, and achievements. We ultimately recognize the work it has taken to establish female authorship and the barriers that remain. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. 


Philosophy 331: Ancient Philosophy [HM, HE, Encounter Truth] 

MWF 9:10-10:05, Quad 361, Dennis Beach 

Raphael’s famous fresco The School of Athens accurately depicts the world of Ancient Philosophy studied in this course. The painting features a multitude of ancient philosophers and writers, mathematicians and scientists, thinkers and students, almost all of them involved in conversation, argumentation, writing or meditation in a beautiful public space. The foundation and focal point of the painting is the two central figures of Plato and Aristotle, who will also serve as the foundation and focal points for this course, which aims to help students become knowledgeable participants in the conversations about truth, reality, virtue and the good that shaped the beginnings of Western philosophy and continue to shape philosophical discourse today. 


Art 230: Art Moves I: Art History, Neolithic-1400 [FA, AE, Encounter Movement] 

TuTh 9:35-10:55, Peter Engel 212, Carol Brash 

This course is an introduction to art history from ca. Neolithic Period-1400. The course content includes art from around the world with a focus on art made to discover or illuminate a truth (or to subvert or obscure truth, in some cases). This course considers the design and creation of objects, ideas, and technologies across space and through time. Each class period will focus on a number of issues, which will be introduced through specific examples of art. Any object may be examined from several points of view: as an independent work of art, as an example of a particular style developed within a chronological framework, or as a type which illustrates features associated with a certain locale, country, religious, political, or social context. Prerequisites: None. Offered in the Spring.


In Greek: 

Greek 111: Beginning Greek I/SSNT 401: New Testament Greek 

MWF 11:30-12:25, Quad 353, Krista Osmundson 

This is the first course in a two-course sequence designed to enable students to read ancient Greek, including both Attic and Koine dialects. Over the course of the year we will learn the principle elements of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Students also will have an opportunity to read the New Testament in its original Greek text and to develop and understanding of the historical and theological perspectives that shaped it. No prerequisite. 


Greek 341: Homer and Epic Poetry 

MWF 11:30-12:25, Quad 254, Scott Richardson 

A detailed analysis of the Odyssey or the Iliad; the entire work in translation, selected readings in the original. The oral epic and Homer's influence on Greek morality, culture, and literature. 


In Latin: 

Latin 112: Introduction to Latin II/Languages 402: Reading Latin II 

MWF 9:10-10:05, Quad 254, Scott Richardson 

The elements of classical Latin, its grammatical structure and forms, with a basic vocabulary. Development of reading skill through a varied selection of ancient texts in prose and verse. 


Latin 327E: Jews and Christians in the Roman World [BE, HU, HE, Encounter Justice] 

MWF 12:40-1:35, Quad 247, Jason Schlude 

Jews and Christians produced some of the most creative and controversial ideas in the Roman world. Such ideas and their social, cultural, and political consequences have come down to us in a variety of languages, including Latin. In this course, we use Latin literature to investigate the diversity of these ideas, consider how they fit into Jewish, Christian, and Roman cultural contexts, and seek to explain why these groups experienced exclusion and inclusion. How is it that Christianity, a Near Eastern religion growing out of Judaism, started as a practice reviled by many and leading to martyrdom only to enjoy the patronage and power of Roman emperors and become the dominant religion in the Mediterranean? It was not an inevitable development. We will explore this unlikely and shocking story through reading and discussing selected Latin passages. Possible sources include the Vulgate, Tacitus, Pliny, the Passion of Perpetua, Lactantius, Ammianus Marcellinus, Augustine, and/or the Rule of Saint Benedict.