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Course Offerings – Classics

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Classics Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

Course List

CLAS 110S - ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONSERVATION

The course engages students in the discovery, appreciation, and preservation of tangible cultural heritage. It combines the study of principles and best practices of conservation and archaeology with hands-on experience with ancient artifacts, and technology in the laboratories of the Centro di conservazione archeologica in Belmonte in Sabina, Italy, and in the University of Sassari excavations of a late Bronze Age Nuraghic village at Sant'Imbenia, Sardinia. Hours credit: 2, 3, or 4. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of eight hours.

CLAS 132 - CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

An investigation into the nature and uses of myth in both ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Topics include the social significance of myth, the use of myth in art and literature, and the influence of Greco-Roman myth on Western civilization. Hours credit: 3.

CLAS 144 - ATHENS, ROME, AND ALEXANDRIA

This course examines Athens, Rome and Alexandria as the physical setting for the drama of daily life and history in three culturally distinct but interrelated urban centers in the ancient Mediterranean. Besides considering how the landscape, monuments, and material culture of these cities reflected and shaped the political, commercial, domestic, religious, and social lives of its citizens, the course reflects on the changing patterns of urban life in these living cities in the ancient, medieval, and modern worlds. Hours credit: 3. Offered first semester. Alternate years.

CLAS 175 - SPORT & SPECTACLE

The course explores the ancient roots of modern athletics and mass entertainment through analyses of texts, works of art, and the archaeological settings of sport and spectacle that highlight their essential role in ancient societies. The Olympic games asserted Greek identity, civic virtue and competitive spirit; gladiatorial combat and chariot racing defined relationships between Romans and others, rulers and subjects. Hours credit: 3.

CLAS 177 - CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY

Identical with Philosophy 177. Hours credit: 3.

CLAS 179 - MASTERWORKS OF GREEK & ROMAN ART

As an introduction to the artistic culture of ancient Greece and Rome, this team-taught course discusses select works of art and architecture in depth, from both art historical and archaeological perspectives. Its aim is to set works of art in their specific historical and cultural context while exploring the connection (in style, material, technique, aesthetic) between them and our world. Identical with Art 179. Hours credit: 3. Rotating.

CLAS 181 - GREEK DRAMA PRODUCTION LAB

This course is open to students who are full-time members of the cast or crew of the Greek Play but not enrolled in CLAS/THTR 275. It provides practical experience with the production of an ancient play. Hours credit: .5 or 1. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years. Offered on Pass/Fail basis only. May be repeated for credit.

CLAS 183 - CLASSICAL RHETORIC AND PERSUASIVE POWER

We have inherited from ancient orators an understanding of the power of words to persuade and ideas about what makes a good speech appeal to an audience. Students will analyze speeches, delve into ancient rhetorical thinking, and apply its arts to speeches of their own. Students will read and write in English, but language across the curriculum provides opportunities for students who would like to add Greek or Latin language study to the course. Identical with Communication Studies 183. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

CLAS 243 - ARCHAEOLOGY OF DAILY LIFE

As an introduction to the history, theories, methods, and practice of Classical archaeology, this course focuses on the techniques of recovery, preservation, description, analysis, and interpretation of artifacts as documents of social, cultural, and economic history. Students work with coins, pottery, and other objects of Roman daily life in the Randolph College collection. Hours credit 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

CLAS 275 - GREEK DRAMA

The tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and the comedies of Aristophanes studied in the context of ancient theatrical conventions, with an emphasis on theories and practices of performance. In-depth study of the play in production as the Greek Play, with required student participation (in any of a number of capacities) to put principles of the class into action. Identical with Theatre 275. Hours credit: 3. Offered alternate years.

CLAS 280 - ANCIENT HISTORY

A survey of the history of the ancient Mediterranean before 1000 CE, with special attention to Greece and Rome. Identical with History 280. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

CLAS 305 - RESEARCH PROBLEMS IN CLASSICS

Each student investigates a special problem under the direction of the instructor. The research is supplemented by readings and conferences. Hours credit: 1-2. Open only to classics majors with at least sophomore standing in consultation with faculty. Individual conferences to be arranged. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 8 semester hours. Sections might be offered on a pass/fail basis at the discretion of the instructor.

CLAS 494 - SENIOR PROJECT

An independent research project carried out in close consultation with the faculty supervisor. It will normally be an investigation of some aspect of Greek or Roman civilization and will typically utilize ancient source materials as well as modern scholarship. Hours credit: 3 Prerquisite: permission of the Department.

CLAS 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

CLAS 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

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