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Fall 2012

019. Ancient Democracy and Its Critics
Robert Sobak M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-209
Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” For some, ancient democracy was nothing more than mob rule, a place where the poor robbed the rich, slaves passed as free citizens, and even donkeys refused to give way to their human betters. Investigates the historical origins, principles, institutions, and practices of Athenian democracy through readings of sources such as Herodotus, Thucydides, and Aristophanes. Considers the political and philosophical critiques of democracy advanced by Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle within their historical and intellectual contexts. Examines the legacy of Athenian democracy for contemporary political thought.

212. Ancient Rome
Robert Sobak M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Druckenmiller-016
Surveys the history of Rome from its beginnings to the fourth century A.D. Considers the political, economic, religious, social, and cultural developments of the Romans in the context of Rome’s growth from a small settlement in central Italy to the dominant power in the Mediterranean world. Special attention is given to such topics as urbanism, imperialism, the influence of Greek culture and law, and multiculturalism. Introduces different types of sources—literary, epigraphical, archaeological, etc.—for use as historical documents. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

312. Ancient Greek Medicine
Jennifer Kosak T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-209
Research seminar. Explores the development of scientific thinking in the ancient Greek world by examining the history of Greek medicine. Topics include the development of Greek rationalist thought; concepts of health and disease; notions of the human body, both male and female; the physician’s skills (diagnosis, prognosis, remedy); similarities and differences between religious and scientific views of disease; concepts of evidence, proof, and experiment; Greek medical thinking in the Roman world.

Archaeology

ARCH 102 Introduction to Roman Archaeology (same as: ART H 210)
Instructor: Ryan A Ricciardi  M 1:30 2:25 W 1:30 2:25 F 1:30 2:25   - Searles 315
Surveys the material culture of Roman society, from Italy’s prehistory and the origins of the Roman state through its development into a cosmopolitan empire, and concludes with the fundamental reorganization during the late third and early fourth centuries of our era. Lectures explore ancient sites such as Rome, Pompeii, Athens, Ephesus, and others around the Mediterranean. Emphasis upon the major monuments and artifacts of the Roman era: architecture, sculpture, fresco painting, and other “minor arts.” 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 Roman world

Greek

GRK 102 Elementary Greek II
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. Sills-209 M 9:30 10:25 W 9:30 10:25 F 9:30 10:25
Instructor: Boyd, Barbara Weiden

GRK 204 Homer
International Perspectives Description An introduction to the poetry of Homer. Focuses both on reading and on interpreting Homeric epic.
Sills-109 T 2:30 3:55 TH 2:30 3:55
Instructor: Kosak, Jennifer B. Clarke

Latin

LATN 101A Elementary Latin I
 A thorough presentation of the elements of Latin grammar. Emphasis is placed on achieving a reading proficiency.
Section A Searles-113 M 9:30 10:25 W 9:30 10:25 F 9:30 10:25
Instructor: Nerdahl, Michael D 

LATN 101B Elementary Latin I
A thorough presentation of the elements of Latin grammar. Emphasis is placed on achieving a reading proficiency.
Section B Sills-111 M 11:30 12:25 W 11:30 12:25 F 11:30 12:25
Instructor: Ricciardi, Ryan A

LATN 203 Intermediate Latin for Reading
 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.
Sills-111 M 8:30 9:25 W 8:30 9:25 F 8:30 9:25
Instructor: Borges, Cassandra J

LATN 301 Livy
International Perspectives Historian Titus Livius (Livy, c. 59 B.C.E.–17 C.E.) is our single most important source for the history of Rome from its beginnings until the age of Augustus. His prose history in 142 books (of which approximately thirty-five survive) provides rich insight into Rome’s creation of its identity as a world empire, as well as detailed analysis of the personalities, events, and social and political changes that shaped the ancient Mediterranean world. Focuses on the close reading of one book of Livy’s historical narrative and develops a working definition of ancient historiography through readings of modern studies of Livy’s work. Research seminar.
Sills-Peucinian Room M 11:30 12:55 W 11:30 12:55
Instructor: Boyd, Barbara Weiden