Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

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Classical Archaeology | Classical Civilization | Greek | Latin

Classical archaeology

CLAR 120/H – Ancient Cities
This course is an introduction to Mediterranean archaeology, surveying archaeological sites from the Neolithic period (ca. 9000 B.C.) to Late Antiquity (ca. 600 A.D.).  The sites, geographic and cultural areas, and chronological periods of study vary depending on instructor.  This does not satisfy classical archaeology major requirements. This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Historical Analysis (HS); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Donald Haggis | dchaggis@email.unc.edu

CLAR 242 – Archaeology of Egypt
This course is an introductory survey of the archaeology, art and architecture of ancient Egypt, ranging in time from the prehistoric cultures of the Nile Valley through the New Kingdom.  While the course will examine famous features and characters of ancient Egypt it will also provide a wide-ranging review of the archaeology of this remarkable land as well as the method and theories used to understand ancient Egypt.  Attention will be placed on how major sites and artifacts contribute to our understanding of the Egyptian world-view and its visual expression.  Students will also have the opportunity to examine ancient Egyptian objects first-hand through in-class activities and visits to local museums.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: World before 1750 (WB); and Beyond the North Atlantic World (BN).  Prerequisites: none.
Prof.  Jennifer Gates-Foster | jgatesfoster@unc.edu

CLAR 244 – Greek Archaeology
The objective of the course is to introduce students to the archaeology of ancient Greece through a chronological and historical survey of sites, contexts, artifacts, monuments and assemblages that comprise our understanding of Greek material culture from the Bronze Age until the end of the Classical period (ca. 1700-300 B.C.).  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Historical Analysis (HS); North Atlantic World (NA); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Donald Haggis | dchaggis@email.unc.edu

CLAR/ARTH 268 – Hellenistic Art and Archaeology
Survey of the material culture of the Hellenistic Mediterranean from the time of Alexander the Great until the Roman conquest (350-31 B.C.), including a broad range of media (sculpture, mosaics, wall painting, architecture, minor arts).  The course will discuss major innovations of this period, organized according to topics: (1) the types, design, equipment, and character of cities, including their sacred and civic architecture; (2) the development of residential and funerary architecture, with a focus on differentiations according to social status (e.g. royal vs. non-royal; class; gender; ethnicity) and local-regional customs and practices; (3) the emergence of new types, styles, and topics in the arts of the multiethnic and multicultural Hellenistic world; and (4) an integrative discussion of the different categories of material culture by focusing on royal patronage in select cities and sanctuaries.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding and analyzing the production, style, materials, and function of material remains within their social, cultural, and political contexts.  Special attention is paid to cultural interactions and exchanges as well as the emergence of royal courts and their respective impact on material culture.  Issues of stylistic categories, periodization, meaning and interpretation, theoretical perspectives expressed in ancient literary texts, and current scholarly debates and trends in the study of Hellenistic material culture form an integral part of the course.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Visual and Performing Arts (VP); North Atlantic World (NA); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Hérica Valladares | hericav@email.unc.edu

CLAR/ARTH 476 – Roman Painting
Survey of painting from the Roman world from 2nd century BC to 4th century AD.  This includes a discussion of the development of styles (esp. the four Pompeian styles); the iconography, topics, meaning, and interpretation of figured paintings; dependence of Roman painters on Greek prototypes; existence of painting-programs; the functional (public, domestic, funerary), social, cultural, and political context of paintings; ancient literary texts on paintings; and current scholarly debates and trends in the study of Roman painting, Lectures, discussions, presentations by students.
Prof. Hérica Valladares | hericav@email.unc.edu

CLAR 910 – Seminar: The Greeks in Egypt
This graduate level seminar tackles the problem of how to describe, discuss and analyze extended and sustained interaction in antiquity between Greek-speaking peoples and populations outside of the Greek mainland, taking as laboratory the land of Egypt during the Saite, Persian and Hellenistic Periods (664-30 BCE).  Beginning in the 7th century, Greek colonists and mercenaries settled in the Nile Delta as part of an initiative by the Saite pharaohs to consolidate their economic and military hold on Egypt.  After the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, large numbers of Greek-speaking immigrants settled in Egypt, encouraged by the political and economic polices of the Ptolemaic royal house.  In this course we will consider the material and (to a lesser extent) the textual evidence of the entangled relationships between the Greek world and Egypt by examining evidence for pre-Hellenistic trade and settlements in the Nile Delta.  We will then turn to the evidence for transformation of the religious, economic and cultural life of Egypt in the Hellenistic age, paying particular attention to the range of theoretical approaches which best explicate this complex situation, including theories of globalization, hybridity and object entanglement.
Prof. Jennifer Gates-Foster | jgatesfoster@unc.edu

Classical Civilization

CLAS 061 – First Year Seminar: Writing the Past
The intersection of history-writing, cinema and fiction will be our focus as we engage with the greatest Greek historians–Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius–against the backdrop of modern renditions of the past and of war in cinema (including Peter Weir’s Gallipoli, Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy and Zack Snyder’s 300), documentaries (including Tolga Ornek’s Gallipoli), news footage and short stories (including Tom O’Brien’s The Things They Carried).  We wil examine the strategies of each ancient writer in confronting challenges that remain pressing for directors, journalists, and historians today.  These include difficulties of conflicting perspectives, biased evidence, and the limitations of memory, as well as broader questions about the nature of historical representation.  The aim is for students to engage in critical and informed analysis of the strategies of our three ancient historians in ‘writing the past’, and to draw appropriate comparisons with the challenges that confront modern counterparts.  The course will center on in-class group discussion and debate focused on questions arising from the week’s reading or viewing assignments.  Students will write two short essays and a longer paper arising from their course project.
Prof. Emily Baragwanath | ebaragwanath@unc.edu

CLAS 089H – First Year Seminar: Greek Drama on Page and Stage
Taking a participatory approach to ancient Greek drama, this course pairs readings from three celebrated playwrights with performance-oriented activities, readings, and writings.  Probing the dual nature of drama as performance and script, this course also gives a historical overview of the extraordinary Athenian fifth century (BCE), demonstrating how theater and art inform and interact with politics and society.  Weekly theatrical exercises, three group dramatic performances, several short writing assignments (including mock directors’ notes and publicity copy), and use of campus BeAM spaces.
Prof. Al Duncan | acduncan@email.unc.edu

CLAS 121/H – The Greeks
This wide-ranging course introduces the culture, ideas, and achievements (and failures) of the ancient Greeks.  We will look closely at key examples of Greek poetry, historical writing, art and architecture, philosophy and science, sport, and commemorative practices.  We will discuss themes including religion, democracy, violence, slavery, gender and sexuality, and the Greeks in relation to other cultures.  Our main focus will be primary sources: the words and artifacts of the Greeks themselves.  Readings will include selections (in English translation) from Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Aeschylus, Pindar, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, and Plutarch.  Assessment will include short quizzes, short papers, a midterm and a final exam, and participation in discussion.
Prof. Emily Baragwanath | ebaragwanath@unc.edu

CLAS 131/H – Classical Mythology
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the myths of the ancient Greeks, the stories about gods, goddesses, and heroes that were told and retold over a period of centuries.  The emphasis will be not simply on learning these stories, but on studying them in their historical context.  How were they transmitted?  What roles did they play in Greek culture?  What can we learn from them about the way that the ancient Greeks understood the world around them?  In our explorations we will concentrate on literary texts, especially epic and tragedy, but will also consider visual sources, especially vase painting and sculpture.  Assessment will be based on quizzes, two papers, a midterm, and a final exam.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Literary Arts (LA).
Prof. James Rives | jbrives@email.unc.edu

CLAS/WMST 241/H – Women in Ancient Rome
Course examines the life of women in ancient Rome, from the first beginnings of the organized community in Rome through the early Empire, a period of about 900 years.  Also explores aspects of the lives of women in provinces governed by Rome.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Literary Arts (LA); North Atlantic World (NA); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Sharon James | sljames@email.unc.edu

CLAS 371 – Cicero and Caesar
Complex and charismatic personalities triggering empire transformation make for great stories, like those that Caesar and Cicero wrote and inspired.  These great stories will be considered both from a literary and from a historical point of view; but we will also use art, archaeology, numismatics and epigraphy to take a holistic approach to these major figures and their troubled times.  In particular, this course will be very interdisciplinary.  Caesar and Cicero will provide a privileged window into the end of the Republic, and in turn the end of the Republic will provide students with the ground for applying different methodologies of research (e.g. history, literature, political science, philosophy, communications, religious studies, epigraphy, numismatics and economics) and chase what triggers their curiosity.  By presenting on specific topics students will be invited to become more aware of the specific sets of questions, methodologies and research tools of their own discipline; and by engaging with other students’ presentations they will be exposed to other disciplines.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Literary Arts (LA); Communication Intensive (CI); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Luca Grillo | lgrillo@email.unc.edu

CLAS 511 – Grammar for Effective Writing
This one-unit course improves students’ writing skills with systematic review of English grammar and style.  Knowledge of Latin and Greek required.
Prof. Sharon James | sljames@email.unc.edu


GREK 101 – Elementary Greek I
This course is the first in a two-semester introduction to Ancient Greek.  In Greek I and its continuation, Greek 2, students will build a comprehensive understanding of the basic morphology, grammar, and syntax of classical Greek through extensive reading and analytical exercises.  Students read simple stories from the beginning, gradually progressing to more complex texts adapted from Herodotus and Thucydides, along with original readings from a variety of classical and New Testament authors.  the course gives students the tools and the experience to continue reading Greek at the intermediate level, for example Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Xenophon, and the Greek New Testament.  Class meetings will include lecture, reading aloud and discussion, oral drills, recitation by students, and written exercises.  There will be a brief quiz each week, two one-hour tests, and a final exam.
Prof. Janet Downie | jdownie@email.unc.edu

GREK 203 – Intermediate Greek I
This course is the third in the ancient Greek language sequence and is designed to review and consolidate knowledge of morphology and syntax.

GREK 221/351 – Advanced Greek I/Classical Greek Prose
This course explores the world of the Greek novel, one of the most distinctive literary innovations of the Roman imperial period.  We will read substantial selections from two novels in Greek: Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe and Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Cleitophon. Both are narratives of romance and adventure–sophisticated, playful and closely engaged with earlier epic, lyric, and pastoral poetry.  We will read more widely in translation to gain an understanding of the novel as a literary form.  Select readings in modern criticism and theory will help us address some key questions: Why did long prose narratives of heterosexual romance flourish in the imperial period?  What can the novels tell us about the possibilities for identity formation in a cosmopolitan, multi-cultural world?
Prof. Janet Downie | jdownie@email.unc.edu


LATN 101 – Elementary Latin I
The objectives of this course are to cover the basic elements of Latin grammar, to give some practice in reading and writing Latin, and to introduce students to Roman civilization through a study of the language of the Romans.  Three sections.

LATN 102
The objectives of this course are (a) to complete the study of Latin grammar begun in Latin 1 and (b) to look at some of the social and cultural ideas of the Romans as these are reflected in Latin passages read in class.  One section.

LATN 203 – Intermediate Latin I
Latin 203 focuses on reading, translation, and regular grammar review.  Readings will come primarily from Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae.  Three sections.

LATN 221 – Vergil
Latin 221 is primarily a literature course; our goal is to learn to read in Latin and appreciate selections from Vergil’s fascinating epic, the Aeneid.  We will, however, often review grammar as we study the poem, especially in the earlier part of the course.  We should be able to read two books of the poem in Latin (probably Books Two and Eight), and the whole in English.  Short translation quizzes, two hour-exams and a final, a lot of discussion of Vergil’s Latin style (including meter) and the many issues the poem raises, brief secondary readings and class reports, and ten pages of writing including a paper.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Literary Arts (LA); North Atlantic World (NA); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Jim O’Hara | jimohara@unc.edu

LATN 223 – Ovid
Latin 223 is primarily a literature course, focused on reading portions of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the original Latin and the entire poem in English.  Our goal will be to get steadily better at reading and understanding Latin poetry: we will pay attention to meter, rhetoric, style, and interpretation.  We will have class discussions of: the individual books of the Metamorphoses that we read in English, of assigned scholarly essays, and of Chaucer’s and Shakespeare’s versions of Pyramus and Thisbe.
Prof. Robert Babcock | rbabcock@email.unc.edu

LATN 353 – Roman Satire
This course will read selected satires by Juvenal, Horace, and Persius in Latin, and others in English.  We will also examine English satires inspired by Juvenal.  The goals of the course are to introduce students to Roman satire; to gain, through close reading of the texts, an understanding of the form, purpose, themes, and methods of Roman satire and how these differ from modern concepts of satire and the satiric; and to improve reading, scanning, and translating skills in Latin.  Through reading of scholarly articles and class discussion, students will acquire a greater familiarity with the social history, literature, culture, and morals of early Imperial Rome.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: Literary Arts (LA); North Atlantic World (NA); and World before 1750 (WB).
Prof. Robert Babcock | rbabcock@email.unc.edu

LATN 710 – Intro to Latin Composition
In this course we will review Latin grammar by working through all of Bradley’s Arnold Latin Prose Composition. We will concentrate, however, on the chapters that deal with complex sentences, particularly the use of the subjunctive in subordinate clauses.  There will also be some consideration of Latin style, both pure categories and the specific style of individual Latin authors.  To accomplish the first goal we will read sections of Hermogenes’ On Types of Style, illustrate the types that he outlines with passages, mainly from Cicero’s Philippics, and imitate those styles in translation; to achieve the second, students will give reports on the style of various Latin authors.  There will be frequent written homework assignments, two tests, and a final examination.
Prof. Luca Grillo | lgrillo@email.unc.edu

LATN 764 – Roman Dramatic Literature
Study of the comedies of Plautus and Terence or the tragedies of Seneca.
Prof. Sharon James | sljames@email.unc.edu

LATN 901 – Seminar: Catullus
This seminar on the poetry of Catullus will take into account student interests, but may include the following: the influence on Catullus of Callimachus, and of poetry like the newly discovered epigrams of Posidippus; the style and poetics of Catullus and the other neoterics; recent work on the Catullan book or on how different poems may interact; aggressive language; questions of gender in the poems; recent, non-biographical approaches to love-poetry addressed to Lesbia (and the boy Iuventius); recent attempts to read the poems in their social context, or as commenting on their social context; claims about the indeterminacy or ambiguity of a number of terms and poems.  The longer poems 61-68 may get special attention.
Prof. Jim O’Hara | jimohara@unc.edu