Courses

Ancient Greek Language Courses

CLA 350 - PREPARING TO READ GREEK TEXTS (3 credits)

This course completes the study of fundamentals of the grammar and syntax of Classical Greek and prepares the student to read original Greek texts with competence and confidence. Pre-requisite GRK202 or equivalent. Repeatable up to 6 credits.

CLA 450G - SPECIAL TOPICS IN CLASSICAL STUDIES (3 credits)

This course offers advanced study of a particular topic in classical studies not covered in other CLA courses. The field of study for this course is broadly conceived, and can include aspects of Greek or Latin philology and literature, as well as the history and culture of antiquity, archaeology and material studies, literary rhetorical theory and criticism, the classical tradition in the humanities, and pertinent topics in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Format includes lectures and discussions, assigned and supplementary readings, and paper writing. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits with different topics.

CLA 480G - STUDIES IN GREEK AND LATIN LITERATURE  (3 credits)

A study of one or more works of Classical literature, either Greek or Latin, is designed to offer study in a particular text or author meeting a particular need or demand for graduate students from other disciplines and advanced undergraduate students in Classics. The course is not intended for Classics graduate students. Mastering the language of the text is a fundamental objective of this course, but the historical, social, and cultural milieu will also be studied. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of six hours. 

CLA 551 GREEK POETRY AND DRAMA (3 credits)

A study of one or more works of Greek poetic and/or dramatic literature, which may include epic, lyric, tragedy, and comedy, selected from the whole of ancient Greek literature from Homer through the Roman period. A particular author, work, genre, or theme is selected each time the course is offered. Emphasis is placed both on mastering the Greek language and on literary analysis of the texts studied. Lectures and class discussions will further illuminate the literary and cultural milieu of the author or text. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits under a different title. Prereq: CLA 252 or equivalent.

CLA 555 GREEK PROSE (3 credits)

 

A study of one or more works of Greek prose literature, which may include history, biography, philosophy, satire, and the novel, selected from the whole of ancient Greek literature from Homer through the Roman period. A particular author, work, genre, or theme is selected each time the course is offered. Emphasis is placed both on mastering the Greek language and on literary analysis of the texts studied. Lectures and class discussions will further illuminate the literary and cultural milieu of the author or text. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits under a different title. Prereq: CLA 252 or equivalent.

CLA 556 - GREEK DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3 credits)

A study of the Greek drama through selected plays of the major tragic and comic writers. Emphasis on textual analysis with lectures and class discussions on the authors’ literary milieu. Prereq: CLA 252 or equivalent.

CLA 616 PALEOGRAPHY (3 credits)

This course provides training in the skills needed to read the handwritten materials that constitute evidence for historical investigation of the production and circulation of information outside the medium of print. While the specific scripts to be studied will vary from semester to semester, depending upon whether the course is focused upon Latin paleography, Greek paleography, or vernacular paleographies, students will learn to read and transcribe manuscripts, to expand abbreviations appropriately, to recognize the chronological and geographical extent of particular scripts, to develop strategies for reading difficult scripts, to find the specialized reference works to assist them in studying handwritten materials, and to understand the historical arguments that have been constructed on the basis of analysis of scripts and the “archaeology of the book.” The course also provides training in basic codicology and editorial techniques for establishing a text and recording variant readings. Prereq: Some familiarity with the language of the materials. (Same as HIS 616.)

CLA 630 - SEMINAR IN GREEK AND LATIN LITERATURE (3 credits)

This graduate seminar offers advanced, intensive study in two particular approaches to the study of Classics, requiring a broader and more inclusive approach beyond the scope of the typical Greek or Latin seminar. These are: 1) the coordinated study of works of both Greek and Latin literature, and 2) the study of a specific research area in classical studies and culture. One of these areas will be the focus of the course each time it is offered. Topics in the coordinated study of Greek and Latin literature can take various forms, such as the passions in Greek and Latin poetry, comparative Greek and Latin drama, Homer and Virgil, etc. Research in classics and culture involves extensive reading of a large body of sources and scholarship on a specific topic of current scholarly interest, along with the use of texts in the original language(s) for course assignments and papers. Appropriate competence in reading Latin and/or Greek texts is expected of all students in the course. Topics may include a focused aspect of Greek and/or Roman society, material culture, early Christianity – and its relation to classical culture, aspects of Medieval or Renaissance culture, or the ongoing influence of classical stories, ideals, and cultural forms in modern media. May be repeated for up to six credits on different topics. Prereq: Graduate standing or consent of the Classics DGS and instructor.

CLA 651 SEMINAR IN GREEK POETRY AND DRAMA (3 credits)

Graduate seminar in Greek poetic and/or dramatic literature, which may include epic, lyric, tragedy, and comedy. Intensive study of the Greek text(s) is accompanied by considerable attention to current scholarship and bibliography. Students will write extended papers and present oral reports in class. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. Prereq: Graduate standing or consent of the Classics DGS and instructor.

CLA 655 SEMINAR IN GREEK PROSE (3 credits)

Graduate seminar in Greek prose literature, which may include history, biography, satire, and the novel. Intensive study of the Greek text(s) is accompanied by considerable attention to current scholarship and bibliography. Students will write extended papers and present oral reports in class. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits. Prereq: Graduate standing or consent of the Classics DGS and instructor.