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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 requirement.

May be applied toward a major in History.

CLA 121 Greek Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

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

Instructor
Cheshire

Selected works from a variety of ancient Greek literary genres. 

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
May be applied toward a major in English.

CLA 122 Roman Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Spring 2018)

Instructor
Neumann

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

Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Satisfies the history requirement in the English major.

CLA 141 Greek Art and Archaeology
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 requirement.

CLA 142 Roman Art and Architecture
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Fall)

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  requirement.

CLA 224 Medical Etymology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Neumann

This course explains the Greek and Latin roots of the language of medical science, and encourages mastery of these elements as essential to understanding medical language.  In addition to etymological study, the course will investigate word origins in their cultural and mythological contexts.  Students will learn to become morphological surgeons, dissecting the layered and sometimes cumbersome language of the body and its treatments.

Counts as an elective in the Classics major.
Counts as an elective in the Health & Human Values interdisciplinary minor.

CLA 233 Justice in a Pure Democracy: Searching for Equal Rights in Ancient Athens
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Krentz

This course will explore how the Athenian community changed over time as it became more democratic.  How "pure" was Athenian democracy, really?  How did the Athenians define who got which rights and responsibilities?  How did their judicial system work?  What role did religion play?  What criticisms did Athenian democracy face?  How did the Athenians respond to attempts to overthrow the democracy?  Readings will include Homer, Aeschylus, Thucydides, and Plato, as well as Aristotle's history of the Athenian constitution and surviving speeches from legal disputes ranging from homicide to prostitution, inheritance to property rights.

Provides elective credit in the Classical Studies major.
Provides elective credit in the Classical Languages and Literature major.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

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 246 Ethics in Archaeology and Art
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Spring)

Instructor
Krentz

Archaeologists try to understand human culture through its material remains. But though the material comes from the past, archaeology takes place in the present, and the ethical issues confronted by archaeologists are anything but past. Using the case method, this course aims to provide a forum for informed discussion about cultural property and cultural heritage. We will think about what stakeholders are involved in issues raised by archaeology; what ethical, financial, legal, political (and sometimes military) considerations affect decisions these stakeholders make; what legal statutes, ethical codes, and disciplinary practices are involved. The cases set out 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 requirement.

CLA 250 Classical Mythology
Prerequisites & Notes

Students at all levels welcome. (Not offered in 2017-2018.)

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 requirement.

CLA 255 Greek Sports and Athletic Festivals
Prerequisites & Notes

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

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 requirement.

CLA 280 Troy and the Trojan War
Prerequisites & Notes

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

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. (Offered in alternate years.)

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.

Satisfies a major requirement in Classics.
Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies the Historical Thought Requirement

CLA 399 Independent Study in Classical Studies
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 436 The Roman Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Krentz

The Roman Revolution is the title of an influential book by Sir Ronald Syme, who follows Asinius Pollio in taking 60 BCE as the start of the collapse of the republican form of government. This course will take the broader view adopted by T. Mommsen and other scholars who, like Appian, begin with the tribunate of Tiberius Gracchus in 133. We will study the political story of the fall of the republic together, and then split up to research aspects of the other side of our theme, the Roman cultural revolution. If you prefer, you may research a topic relating to Octavian's transformation of Roman institutions and culture into the Roman Empire.

Counts as a pre-modern and 400-level seminar course in the History major and minor.

CLA 441 The Parthenon
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of the instructor. (Offered in alternate years.)

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.

GRE 103 Intensive Introductory Greek
GRE 201 Intermediate Greek
GRE 213 Lyric Poetry
GRE 214 Greek Tragedy: Sophocles' Oedipus the King
GRE 218 New Testament Greek
GRE 244 Greek Historians: Thucydides
GRE 266 Greek Philosophers: Plato's Gorgias
GRE 313 Lyric Poetry
GRE 314 Greek Tragedy: Sophocles' Oedipus the King
GRE 318 New Testament Greek
GRE 344 Greek Historians: Thucydides
GRE 366 Greek Philosophers: Plato's Gorgias
GRE 399 Independent Study in Greek
GRE 499 Senior Thesis
LAT 101 Elementary Latin I
LAT 102 Elementary Latin II
LAT 201 Intermediate Latin
LAT 211 Roman Epic: Vergil's Aeneid
LAT 222 Roman Lyric and Elegy: Catullus
LAT 228 Roman Tragedy: Seneca
LAT 311 Roman Epic: Vergil's Aeneid
LAT 322 Roman Lyric and Elegy: Catullus
LAT 328 Roman Tragedy: Seneca
LAT 399 Independent Study in Latin
LAT 499 Senior Thesis
PHI 105 Ancient Greek Philosophy
POL 202 Classical Political Theory
POL 283 Classics in the Cinema
POL 401 Thucydides on Justice and War
REL 130 Introduction to the New Testament
REL 231 Paul: his Communities and Conflicts
REL 242 The Rise of Christianity
REL 341 Religions of the Roman Empire
REL 345 Early Christian Texts on Poverty