Courses

CLS-190: Science and Technology in the Ancient World

(Spring; Gazzarri) This course is an introduction to the scientific and technological developments during the Greek and Roman periods. Students will deepen their understanding of the scientific method, acquire skills in its application in the evaluation of evidence, and learn about the impact of science and technology on ancient civilization. The time periods covered in this class will stretch from Bronze Age of Greece to the Late Roman Empire. This course will discuss a broad range of scientific and technological topics. Students will learn about this crucial aspect of antiquity...

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CLS-186:Roman Law and Society

(Winter; Gazzarri) A survey of Roman law with special attention to constitutional history in the context of the conceptual development of civil law. Basic concepts of Rome’s civil law include “person” (who qualified and under what conditions?), “property” (at the end of the day, what else was there?), “succession” (i.e., who inherited property when the owner died?), “contract” (the fine print has been important for a long time!), and “delict” (wrong-doing, damages, and remedies or, failing that, punishments). We will look, in other words, at the Roman constitution and its intersections with...

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CLS-178 (278): Ancient World Mythology

(Spring; Wareh) The myths of Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Sumer, Babylonia, India, et al. reveal surprising similarities and startling differences. A comparative approach illuminates the peculiar characteristics of the various traditions. No culture exists in isolation. These societies were all subject to manifold political (and sometimes even violent) “multicultural” pressures. Rome itself, whose poet Ovid composed the “Bible” of the Western mythological tradition, stood at the head of a vast amalgam of peoples from the cold forests of Northern Europe across the...

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CLS-168;Ancient Novel

A survey of the novel and its development in antiquity. Readings include a selection of complete and fragmentary Greek romances by Chariton, Xenophon of Ephesus, Achilles Tatius, Longus, Heliodorus, and Lucian. The Roman comic novels will be Petronius’s Satyricon and Apuleius’s Metamorphoses. All readings in English. GenEd: LCC

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CLS-163; Greek and Roman Comedy in Translation

(Not offered 2011-12) Readings from the Greek comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence. GenEd: LCC

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CLS-162: Greek and Roman Tragedy in Translation

(Not offered 2011-12) Readings in classical Greek tragedy and the tragedies of Seneca and selections from other Roman works. GenEd: LCC

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