Below is a list of available courses offered by the Classics Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.
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.
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.
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.
Identical with Philosophy 177. Hours credit: 3.
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. Alternate years.
A survey of the history of the ancient Mediterranean before 1000 CE, with special attention to Greece and Rome. Identical with History 180. Hours credit: 3.
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.
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: a 100-level Classics course. Alternate years.
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.
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.
The topics of the course will vary from year to year. An in-depth examination of one of the genres of ancient Greek and Roman literature. The course will emphasize the interplay between Greek and Latin literature, the authors' place in the history of their genre, and the impact of Classical writings on Western civilization. Possible topics include: Epic; Ancient Novel; Lyric Poetry; or Rhetoric. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: a 100-level Classics course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.
The topic of the course will vary from year to year, focusing on one aspect of Roman society and culture, chiefly through the examination of material culture and contemporary sources, while considering the origins of Roman practices and their resonance in the modern world. Topics include Death, Burial and Commemoration, Wining and Dining, and Sport and Spectacle. Hours credit 3. Prerequisite: a 100-level Classics course. Alternate years. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.
A close analysis of one or more aspects of Greco-Roman civilization, designed to utilize at once the several disciplines involved in the study of classical antiquity. The specific topics will vary from year to year, depending on the needs and interests of the students enrolled. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: nine semester hours of Classics courses, of which at least six hours must be in classical civilization.
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.