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From the dude who killed his father and slept with his mother to the child-slaying sorceress from the Far East, Greek tragedy is rife with monstrous, moving, and memorable characters. Join this course as we explore the Classical Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and the unique society that produced them. With the help of visual images and videos we will investigate the evolution of Greek tragedy from its ritual beginnings through to the modern era exploring such topics as the cultic origins of theatrical performance, the nature of Greek theaters as well as ancient theatrical production techniques and modern adaptations and reperformance, the social, political and psychological function of theater in Classical Athens, and ancient and modern views of the value and impact of tragic drama.
Instructor: Marcaline J. Boyd
Offered with an honors section (080)
Satisfies: Group “A” breadth requirement
No previous background in Classics required
From the political machinations of the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus to the mysterious death of the Roman empress Agrippina; from the legendarily strange customs of Spartan men and women to the bloody gladiator and gladiatrix in the Roman arena, Classical culture provides a bounty of stories that continue to engage, surprise, and influence the modern world. In this course, we navigate the changing spaces for women and men to see and be seen as spectacles in antiquity. Specific topics include ancient combat, political intrigue, and the gendering of public and private entertainment.
Instructor: Tyson Sukava
Satisfies: Group “B” breadth requirement
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Ever wonder how those ancient stories of Greek gods and heroes come down to us? How we know about the great minds of Plato, Herodotus, and Aristotle, or about the Greek dramas that sowed the seeds for modern theater? Are you pursuing any number of STEM majors with technical and scientific terms that derive largely from Greek? Or maybe curious how an ancient Greek would pronounce sorority and fraternity names? We welcome you to carry on your studies in “Elementary Ancient Greek II”, a course for all those interested in exploring the early stages of Western mythology, literature, philosophy, and science through the original language. You’ll be surprised how much ancient Greek you actually know!
Prerequisite: GREK 101 or equivalent
The house of the Theban king Oedipus had seen its fair share of troubles: from Ares’ curse on the city’s legendary founder Cadmus to Oedipus’ infamous marriage, the royal household has felt the accumulating effects of family trauma. The final children of that line are faced with the burden of trying to sort out the messy past. Enter Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, who after his death tries fiercely to protect her family’s last vestiges of honor in the face of the oppressive new despot Creon. Will she succeed? Please join us in our reading of Sophocles’ Antigone as we peek behind closed doors of the Theban palace to catch a glimpse of the political and family scandals concealed within.
Prerequisite: GREK 201 or equivalent
Satisfies: GREK 302 satisfies Group “A” breadth requirement
What does the motto of Harry Potter’s school mean? How about “carpe diem”? What are we to make of such expressions as ipso facto, et cetera, or habeas corpus? Would you like to learn how to puzzle out the words behind words and increase your vocabulary and understanding of grammar? Please join us for “Elementary Latin II”, where we set off to explore the fascinating ancient world of the Latin language and encounter along the way the rich legacy it leaves for us. It’s sure to be of interest to history, language, and wizardry fans alike.
Instructor: Margaret Laird
Prerequisite: LATN 101 or equivalent
“All’s fair in love and war”: a sentiment that, however true, has resonated in various forms across time. In Latin 202, we’ll be strapping on our most fetching Latin armor and wading into the tumultuous themes of Roman love and war. We shall begin the course by following the Roman poet Virgil’s account of the Trojan hero Aeneas as he lands on the shores of Carthage and meets its queen Dido, with destructive ends. We’ll then turn to selections from Ovid’s Amores, a collection of poems on themes of love. He too offers visions of the harsh conflicts and (sometimes) beautiful resolutions of the heart. As Ovid remarks, militat omnis amans (“every lover is a soldier”). Will any of our characters make it out unscathed? Join us to find out!
Prerequisite: LATN 201 or equivalent
Romans loved their theatre. It’s an unfortunate historical accident, then, that no complete ancient Roman tragedy survives outside of a single collection traditionally attributed to Seneca, the tutor, advisor, and finally victim of Emperor Nero. What kind of plays would a Roman philosopher, politician, and the richest man outside of the imperial family write? Very strange ones. Drawing mostly on famous Greek versions, Seneca produces a form of Roman fanfic for an audience accustomed to the blood of the arena and vulgar themes of Roman improv. Brace yourself as we explore selections from the avant-garde playground of Senecan drama: it’s a wild ride.
Prerequisite: LATN 202 or equivalent