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.
America, from its very origins as an independent nation, saw itself as the new Rome: our system of government is built on Roman precedents, our national buildings look as if they came from the Roman Forum, and our leisure activities take us to stadiums modeled on the Colosseum. Our relationship to Rome, however, raises our greatest anxiety: will America fall as Rome did? In 1776, the year of American independence, Edward Gibbon published his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ; America has been thinking about the trajectory of our history alongside Rome's from the very beginning.
Special Topics in Classical Literature; Queer History of Classics
Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST328Q, WMST379Q, and LGBT398Q. Credit granted for CLAS309Q, HIST328Q, WMST379Q, and LGBT398Q.
In Classics and Queer History, we will explore ancient and modern paradigms of sex, gender, and sexuality and discuss queer uses of and struggles with the past and the idea of the Classical. To do this, we will examine diverse works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and visual art, as well as works from later periods sonnets, operas, novels, films, scholarship, and more that adapt ancient stories and ideas for their own, queer purposes. As we move across time, geography, and cultures, we will keep in mind the over-arching questions, what is queer history, and why might one pursue it?
Survey of Greek religious ideas and practices as they evolve from the Bronze Age to the early Christian period.
For Spring 2019: Also offered as HIST328V and RELS370. Credit only granted for CLAS330, HIST328V, or RELS370.
The Classical Tradition; The Classical Tradition in Spain and Latin America
Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as LASC448O and SPAN418C. Credit granted for CLAS419B, LASC448O or SPAN418C.
A survey of the reception of Classical literature in the Spanish-speaking world, with a particular focus on ancient drama. We read select literary works in translation, ranging from Renaissance Spain to contemporary Latin America, side-by-side with their classical models, to examine what is culturally unique about their choice of authors, themes, and adaptation of the material. Students have the option of reading some works in the original.
Independent Study in Classical Languages and Literatures
Credits:1 - 3
Reg, P-F, Aud
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