Spring 2010 Courses

101. Classical Mythology
Jennifer Kosak M  11:30 - 12:25
W  11:30 - 12:25
F  11:30 - 12:25
VAC-Beam Classroom
Focuses on the mythology of the Greeks and the use of myth in classical literature. Other topics considered are recurrent patterns and motifs in Greek myths; a cross-cultural study of ancient creation myths; the relation of mythology to religion; women’s roles in myth; and the application of modern anthropological, sociological, and psychological theories to classical myth. Concludes with an examination of Ovid’s use of classical mythology in the Metamorphoses.
102. Elementary Greek II
Jennifer Kosak M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
Sills-209
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.
102. Elementary Latin II
Ryan Ricciardi M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
Searles-115
A continuation of Latin 101. During this term, readings are based on unaltered passages of classical Latin.
201. Archaeology of the Hellenistic World
Ryan Ricciardi M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
VAC-Beam Classroom
Examines the reign and legacy of Alexander the Great, as evidenced in the archaeological record. From his accession to the throne of Macedonia in 336 B.C., until his untimely death in 323 B.C., Alexander extended the boundaries of the Greek world from the Balkans to Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Asia as far as the Indus River. Covers the dramatic developments in sculpture, painting, architecture, and the minor arts in the cosmopolitan Greek world from the time of Alexander the Great until the advent of Rome in the first century B.C. Assigned readings supplement illustrated presentations of the major monuments and artifact sessions in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
204. Homer
Barbara Boyd T  8:30 - 9:55
TH 8:30 - 9:55
Sills-109
An introduction to the poetry of Homer. Focuses both on reading and on interpreting Homeric epic.
204. Studies in Latin Literature
Robert Sobak T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
An introduction to different genres and themes in Latin literature. The subject matter and authors covered may change from year to year (e.g., selections from Virgil’s Aeneid and Livy’s History, or from Lucretius, Ovid, and Cicero), but attention is always given to the historical and literary context of the authors read. While the primary focus is on reading Latin texts, some readings from Latin literature in translation are also assigned. Equivalent of Latin 203 or three to four years of high school Latin is required.
303. Ancient Art in the Making
James Higginbotham M  10:00 - 11:25
W  10:00 - 11:25
Museum of Art Seminar Room
Examines the processes used in the creation of ancient Mediterranean art. Using artifacts housed in the collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, explores the techniques and materials involved in the production of sculpture, painting, mosaics, pottery, glass, jewelry, and coins. Important themes include the identity and status of artists, cross-cultural influences, technical innovations, and the varied contexts in which artifacts are found. Student research connects the work of ancient artists to the practice of their modern counterparts by study visits to local workshops.
310. Catullus
Barbara Boyd T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Sills-209
The intimacy and immediacy of Catullan lyric and elegiac poetry have often been thought to transcend time and history; in his descriptions of a soul tormented by warring emotions, Catullus appears to speak to and for all who have felt love, desire, hatred, or despair. But Catullus is a Roman poet—indeed, the Roman poet par excellence, under whose guidance the poetic tools once wielded by the Greeks were once and for all appropriated in and adapted to the literary and social ferment of first century B.C.E. Rome. Close reading of the entire Catullan corpus in Latin complemented by discussion and analysis of contemporary studies of Catullus’ work, focusing on constructions of gender and sexuality in Roman poetry, the political contexts for Catullus’s work, and Catullus in Roman intellectual and cultural history.
304. Greek Comedy
Robert Sobak T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
Chase Barn Chamber

305. Leisure, Class, and "The Liberal Arts" in Ancient Greece
Robert Sobak T  6:30 - 9:25 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
As a student, here you are with the time, the means, and the motivation to devote four years of your life to a non-vocational curriculum at a distinctively American institution: the “liberal arts” college. Just as the English words “school” and “scholar” derive from the Greek word for “leisure,” so too do many of our own ideas about what constitute a “liberal arts” education derive from a particular place and moment in time: ancient Greece. Examines not only a wide variety of idealistic prescriptions for educational practice by writers such as Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle, but also the historical context within which such ideals were born. Confronts, among other things, questions of time, socio-economic status, political ideology, and intellectualism—issues that have as much importance today as they did 2,500 years ago.