Location: Bowdoin / Classics / Courses / Fall 2011


Fall 2011

012. Discovering Homer
Cassandra Borges T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introduction to two of the most important texts from Greek antiquity: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Explores the themes of sacrifice, divine and human relationships, and recognition in both poems. Topics include the nature of Homeric composition and the translation, interpretation and transformation of Homer by later Greek and Roman authors, such as Sappho, Herodotus, Ovid and Lucian.

211. History of Ancient Greece: Bronze Age to the Death of Alexander
Stephen O'Connor T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
Surveys the history of Greek-speaking peoples from the Bronze Age (c. 3000-1100 B.C.E.) to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.E. Traces the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments of the Greeks in the broader context of the Mediterranean world. Topics include the institution of the polis (city-state); hoplite warfare; Greek colonization; the origins of Greek "science," philosophy, and rhetoric; and fifth-century Athenian democracy and imperialism. Necessarily focuses on Athens and Sparta, but attention is also given to the variety of social and political structures found in different Greek communities. Special attention is given to examining and attempting to understand the distinctively Greek outlook in regard to gender, the relationship between human and divine, freedom, and the divisions between Greeks and barbarians (non-Greeks). A variety of sources—literary, epigraphical, archaeological—are presented, and students learn how to use them as historical documents. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

309. Ancient Epic: Tradition, Authority, and Intertextuality
Barbara Boyd T 6:30 - 9:25
Begins with reading and close analysis of the three foundational epic poems of classical antiquity, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid, and then moves on to selections from several of the "successor" epics, including Apollonius' Argonautica, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Lucan’s Pharsalia, and Statius' Thebaid. Discussion of the ancient poems will be complemented by an ongoing examination of central issues in contemporary criticism of classical texts, including the relationship of genre, ideology, and interpretation; the tension between literary tradition and authorial control; and the role of intertextuality in establishing a dialogue between and among these poems and their poets. All readings are in English, and no familiarity with Greek or Latin is required.


101. Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
Jorge Bravo M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Introduces the techniques and methods of classical archaeology as revealed through an examination of Greek material culture. Emphasis upon the major monuments and artifacts of the Greek world from prehistory to the Hellenistic age. Architecture, sculpture, fresco painting, and other ìminor artsî are examined at such sites as Knossos, Mycenae, Athens, Delphi, and Olympia. Considers the nature of this archaeological evidence and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as art history, history, and classics. Assigned reading supplements illustrated presentations of the major archaeological finds of the Greek world.


102. Elementary Greek II
Barbara Boyd M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
A continuation of Greek 101; introduces students to more complex grammar and syntax, while emphasizing the development of reading proficiency. Includes readings, both adapted and in the original, of Greek authors such as Plato and Euripides. Focuses on Attic dialect.

305. Tragedy
Stephen O'Connor T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25


101. Elementary Latin I
Michael Nerdahl M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
A thorough presentation of the elements of Latin grammar. Emphasis is placed on achieving a reading proficiency.

203. Intermediate Latin for Reading
Jorge Bravo M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25
A review of the essentials of Latin grammar and syntax and an introduction to the reading of Latin prose and poetry. Materials to be read change from year to year, but always include a major prose work. Equivalent of Latin 102 or two to three years of high school Latin is required.

312. Roman Tragedy
Michael Nerdahl M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
An introduction to the plays of Seneca the Younger, philosopher and advisor to the Emperor Nero (A.D. 54ñ68). One or two plays will be read in Latin and will be supplemented by the reading of other tragedies, including Seneca's Greek models, in English. This research seminar also looks at the historical context of the plays, issues concerning their performance, the social and political culture of Neronian Rome, and the influence of Seneca's Stoic philosophy on his plays