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Courses - Fall 2017
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Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: RELS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
An introduction to the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. This cours is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
Why do we laugh?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
An introduction to the breadth and complexity of humor's role in society. Students will familiarize themselves with the explanations that various disciplines have offered about what makes us laugh, and analyze the major impact humor has in our understanding of who we are and how we see our world.
Archaeological Methods and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: ANTH240, ARTH200, or CLAS180.
Also offered as: ANTH305, ARTH305.
Credit only granted for: ANTH305, ARTH305, or CLAS305.
A team-taught, interdisciplinary course discussing theories, methods, and ethical issues in the practice of archaeology.
Special Topics in Classical Literature; Roman Civil Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Examines fundamental concepts of Roman civil law by focusing on the Roman approaches to perennial questions (what is ones status in the community, who is one eligible to marry, who should have custody of the children, how to make or challenge a will), and on what we know or can infer about the Romans justifications for their solutions to legal problems. Readings are in English.
Inventing Ancient Greek Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Who were the ancient Greeks, and were they the founders of Western civilization? The course examines the foundations of ancient Greece. Through an analysis of the historical, archaeological, and linguistic evidence, it sheds light on the so-called Black Athena Controversy, which raised doubts about the ancient Greek contribution to Western culture. The course also focuses on the impact of modern identity politics on scholarly discussions of antiquity and the ways in which the Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s have influenced analyses of the ancient Greek world.
Classics Capstone Seminar; Classical Heritage in Washington,D.C.: An Exhibit in the Making
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Most of the classes will be at the Smithsonian, with the exception of Thursday, August 31st and December 7th. On these days, class will meet on campus in JMZ 0208. Students will learn about and practice exhibition and event making by focusing on archaeological materials and archives related to the Classical Mediterranean housed in the Smithsonian Institution. The course will culminate in a public display and an evening event in early 2018, prepared by a series of research projects developed over the course. Students will work on the content preparation and exhibition design and will discuss the role of museums in preserving classical heritage.
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Independent Study in Classical Languages and Literatures
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
Special Topics in Classical Civilization; Roman Civil Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud