Classics Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
CLA 111 The Ancient World
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Offered annually, Fall only.)

Instructor
Krentz

Introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history, with particular attention to how we know what we know, resources (print, electronic, material) for studying the classical world, and opportunities for research in this field.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

May be applied toward a major in History.

CLA 121 Greek Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Spring)

May be applied toward a major in English.

Instructor
Cheshire

Selected works from a variety of ancient Greek literary genres. 

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

CLA 122 Roman Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Offered in alternate years.)

May be applied toward a major in English.

Instructor
Totten

Selected works of Roman literature from the early Republic through the Empire.

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

CLA 141 Greek Art and Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Fall)

May be applied toward a major in Art History.

Instructor
Toumazou

Minoan-Mycenaean art and architecture of the Aegean Bronze Age; later Greek art and architecture from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 142 Roman Art and Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Offered in alternate years.)

May be applied toward a major in Art History.

Instructor 
Toumazou

Art and architecture of the Roman Republic and Empire, including influences of earlier Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek art upon the Romans. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 234 Athenian Law
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Not offered in 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Krentz

Analysis of the Athenian legal process in a discussion-intensive approach using surviving Athenian speeches as case studies.

Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.

May be applied toward a major in History.

CLA 244 Field School in Mediterranean Archaeology
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required. (Summer only.)

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Archaeology.

Instructor
Toumazou

Intensive, on-site training in archaeological field methods and techniques. Daily instruction on excavation and recording, lectures by specialists, visits to other archaeological sites and museums. Conducted at a site near Athienou in south-central Cyprus.

CLA 245 Field School in Italian Archaeology
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required. (Summer only.)

Instructor
Totten

Instruction in archaeological field methods and laboratory work, as well as discussion of theoretical interpretation of archaeological data in the context of an Italian archaeological site potentially across multiple time periods (prehistoric, pre-Roman, Roman, late antique and medieval).

Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.


Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Archaeology.

CLA 246 Ethics in Archaeology and Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Spring)

Instructor
Krentz

Using the case method, this course considers a range of ethical dilemmas involving stewardship, commercialization, public education, intellectual property, public reporting and publication, indigenous rights, and more, including issues faced by museums.

Satisfies Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.


Counts toward an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Archaeology.

CLA 250 Classical Mythology
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Not offered in 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Neumann

Investigates the evidentiary remains of Greco-Roman mythology (primarily, but not exclusively, textual) and aims to arrive at an understanding of myth in its multi-faceted context.

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

CLA 252 Classics in the Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Not offered in 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Krentz

Analysis of films set in the ancient Roman world, including the cultural and political context in which the films were made.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

CLA 255 Greek Sports and Athletic Festivals
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Spring)

Instructor
Toumazou

Ideal of the athlete in the Greek system of values explored through art and archaeology, literature, and inscriptions. Selected victory odes of Pindar and field demonstrations of individual athletic events.

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

CLA 280 Troy and the Trojan War
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Not offered in 2016-2017.)

Instructor
Toumazou

Employing a multiplicity of approaches and methodologies (art-historical, archaeological, historical, etc.) this course aims to partake in the complexity (impossibility?) of answering seemingly simple questions such as: Was there ever a Troy? Did Homer's Trojan War ever happen?

CLA 332 Greeks and Persians
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Spring)

Instructor
Krentz

This course explores the various cultural, economic, military, political, and religious interactions between the Greeks and the Achaemenid Persians, rulers of the first world empire, and investigates how Herodotus, the "Father of History," constructed his grand narrative. The focus will be on the period from Cyrus the Great to Xerxes (559-478 BCE) but will include some attention to the later Greek and the modern reception of this early confrontation between east and west, including the movie 300.

CLA 399 Independent Study in Classical Civilization
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor required.

Instructor
Staff

Research and writing under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic(s) and evaluates the student's work.

CLA 441 The Parthenon
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Toumazou

Exploration of the architectural, aesthetic, religious and political contexts of the Parthenon, including its impact through the ages. The class will visit the recreation of the Parthenon in Nashville.

CLA 480 Senior Research Seminar
Prerequisites & Notes

Required of senior Classics majors. (Fall)

Instructor
Krentz

Capstone course for classics majors. Students define, research, and write a major research paper on a topic of their choice.

Satisfies a major requirement in Classics.

CLA 499 Senior Thesis
Prerequisites & Notes

Admission by consent of the Department of Classics.


Writing of a thesis under the supervision of an appropriate professor. Oral defense before the entire Classics faculty required.

PHI 105 Ancient Greek Philosophy
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Studtmann

Introduction to the origins and development of philosophy in ancient Greece, with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

Counts towards the satisfaction of the Philosophy major requirement to take two courses from amoung PHI 105, PHI 106, and PHI 107.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

Counts as a Western Europe area course in the International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

Counts towards the major in Classics.

POL 202 Classical Political Theory

Instructor
Ahrensdorf

Through a study of works by Aristophanes, Plato, and Aristotle, this course examines the Socratic revolution in the history of thought, why Socrates founded political philosophy, and the radical challenge that classical political philosophy poses to modern and contemporary political thought.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement. Counts towards the major in Classics.

REL 130 Introduction to the New Testament
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to juniors or seniors until Drop/Add or to students who have taken Religion 230 or 231.

This course may be applied towards a Classics major.

Instructor
Snyder

Who was Jesus of Nazareth? How were traditions about him remembered, gathered, and put in literary form? How different are the individual gospels? What were the issues that Paul addressed as he wrote to the churches he founded? How should we understand the Book of Revelation? How (and when) did all these writings come to form the collection now known as the New Testament? These are a few of the questions to be explored.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

REL 231 Paul: the Renegade Apostle

Instructor
Snyder

Paul is now enshrined in Christian history and dogma, yet few people realize how controversial his original message was. Many of Jesus’s first followers were suspicious of Paul and there were fierce and public debates over his “gospel.”  By a careful inspection of his letters we’ll explore these debates and seek to understand the nature of the little groups he founded in cities around the Mediterranean. Some of these groups survived, and some disappeared: what held them together? Why would someone be drawn to Paul and his preaching? What was appealing about the life of these groups? The goal is to understand Paul and his theological ideas in their first-century context.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

This course may be applied towards a Classics major.

REL 242 The Rise of Christianity

Prerequisites & Notes
This course may be applied towards a Classics major.

Instructor
Foley

The theological and historical development of the early church from the New Testament period to the Council of Chalcedon (451 C.E.) with a focus on early controversies as revealed through primary sources.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

REL 341 Religions of the Roman Empire
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome.

This course is also cross-listed with Classics and could be applied towards a Classics major.

Instructor
Snyder

An examination of public cult under the Roman Empire: sacrifices, divination, priesthoods and holidays, as well as the religious groups devoted to Isis, Mithras, Moses and Christ.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

REL 345 Early Christian Texts on Poverty

Prerequisites & Notes
This course is also cross-listed with Classics and could be applied towards a Classics major.

Students at all levels welcome.

Instructor
Foley

This course examines early Christian discussions about the poor, the role of almsgiving in Christian life and the problems-as well as the possibilities-of wealth. Texts to be studied include relevant selections from the Christian Bible, The Shepherd of Hermas, 2 Clement, Cyprian On Works and Alms, Augustine’s Enchiridion, John Chrysostom’s sermons and other relevant Christian texts written before the modern period. This course will also attempt to put these early Christian texts in dialogue with modern debates on poverty and economic inequality.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.