Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

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Classical Civilization | Greek | Latin

Classical archaeology

CLAR 050H – First Year Seminar: Art in the Ancient City
This course offers a comparative perspective on the archaeology of ancient Egypt, and Bronze Age Greece and Crete (3000 – 1100 B.C.), and the classical Greek world (800 – 100 B.C.), exploring the public art produced by these early Mediterranean societies: the Bronze Age palaces of the Aegean, the territorial state of ancient Egypt, and the classical city-states of ancient Greece.
Prof. Donald Haggis | dchaggis@email.unc.edu

CLAR 120 – Ancient Cities
This course is an introduction to Mediterranean archaeology, surveying archaeological sites from the Neolithic period (ca. 900 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 degree requirements.
Sarah Hilker | slhilker@live.unc.edu  Katelin McCullough | kdm956@live.unc.edu

CLAR 247 – Roman Archaeology
This course is an introduction to the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Romans from the beginnings of the city of Rome in the early Iron Age to late antiquity, including both Italy and the Roman provinces.  It focuses on major developments in Roman material culture, particularly sculpture, painting, monuments, buildings, and cities.  Material will be presented chronologically and students will see and evaluate artifacts in light of their cultural precedents.  Students will acquire the analytical skills necessary to interpret Roman material culture and learn how to use archaeological remains to reconstruct various aspects of ancient Roman society.
Prof. Jennifer Gates-Foster | jgatesfoster@email.unc.edu

CLAR/ARTH 262 – Art of Classical Greece
This course examines forms of material culture from the Greek Aegean from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period, focusing on developments of classical Greek sculpture, architecture, metallurgy, and painting from the sixth to the fourth centuries BCE.  There are no prerequisites for this course.
Prof. Donald Haggis | dchaggis@email.unc.edu

CLAR 411 – Archaeological Field Methods
This course offers a thorough introduction to archaeological field methods, including field survey, geophysical prospection, excavation, and post-excavation analysis.  Topics include survey, mapping, excavation, documentation, stratigraphy, typology, scientific analyses, visualization, and heritage management.  We will also address the methodological limitations of these approaches and their theoretical implications.  The course also covers the ethical and political aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including stewardship, presentation, and representation.  The course will include practical exercises and draw its case studies from a wide range of archaeological sties and artifacts.
Prof. Jennifer Gates-Foster | jgatesfoster@email.unc.edu

CLAR 794 – Greek Topography
Study of the physical development of the city from the Late Bronze Age into Late Antiquity.  Emphasis will be given to the historical and social context of the monuments, their role in Athenian life, and how ancient sources are used to elucidate the archaeological evidence.
Prof. Ken Sams | gksams@email.unc.edu

Classical Civilization

CLAS 126 – Medical Word Formation and Etymology
Systematic study of the formation of scientific and medical terms from Greek and Latin roots, to build vocabulary and recognition.
Andrew Ficklin | aficklin@live.unc.edu

CLAS 131 – Classical Mythology
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the myths of the ancient Greeks, and 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.
Keith Penich | kpenich@live.unc.edu  Matthew Schueller | mattschu@live.unc.edu

CLAS 263H -Athletics in the Greek and Roman World
Today and in antiquity, to talk about sport is to talk about society.  This course will inspect the cultures of Greece and Rome, from the age of homer to the end of the (Western) Roman Empire, through the lens of athletics.  We will scrutinize the mechanics and logistics of ancient athletic events and take up larger questions of interpretation, considering sport within its religious, cultural, and political contexts.  Adopting and adapting an extensive battery of theoretical approaches–economic, anthropological, poetic, political, sociological, kinesthetic, etc.–we will address questions such as the following: How do the ideals embodied in Greek and Roman sport relate to the myths and cultural practices of these societies?  How were competitors, whether amateur and professional, rewarded and regarded by their societies?  What ethical dilemmas did athletes face?  Why were animals, slaves, religious minorities subjected to blood-sport in Roman amphitheaters, and why did others volunteer to face the same fate?  What legacies and lessons have ancient athletics left for the modern world?

To answer these and other questions, students will work with a variety of evidence–literary texts, historical inscriptions, plastic and pictoral art, as well as physical re-enactments and recreations of ancient events.  No knowledge of the classical Mediterranean is assumed; all necessary historical and cultural background will be provided in readings and lectures.  Course requirements include short essays, map quizzes, two midterms, creative, and practical projects, and a final exam.
Prof. Al Duncan | acduncan@email.unc.edu

CLAS 391 – Junior Seminar: Delphi
In Spring 2017 the topic of the Junior Seminar will be Delphi, explored through the lenses of archaeology, history, art and literature, from the sanctuary’s early development at the end of the 9th century B.C. down into Roman times.  We will examine Delphi as archaeological site, and as focus of religion, cult, and Games; the Delphic oracle in history and representation; and more generally questions of prophesy and divine determination.  Readings will range widely over primary materials from the Homeric Hymns, Aeschylus, Herodotus, and Euripides; to Pausanias, the novelists and Plutarch, with their view of Delphi under Rome; to epigraphy and secondary studies.  While some readings may be done in Greek or Latin in accordance with individual students’ interests and abilities, most will be covered in English translation.  Requirements include participation, oral presentations (including one on an independent research project), a paper (the final product of the research project), a midterm and a final examination.  Prerequisites: Junior in standing (or Senior, if you are a Classics major but have not yet taken the course).
Prof. Emily Baragwanath | ebaragwanath@email.unc.edu


GREK 102 – Elementary Classical Greek II
This course aims to help the student acquire a thorough grounding in the grammar and syntax of classical Greek, as preparation for reading–for example, Plato, Xenophon, Herodotus, or New Testament.  Class meetings will include lecture, oral drills, recitation by students, and written exercises.  There will be a brief quiz each week, two or three one-hour tests, and a final exam.
Prof. Janet Downie | jdownie@email.unc.edu

GREK 205 – Greek New Testament
Prerequisite, GREK 203.  Readings from the Greek New Testament and related texts, with particular attention to grammar and syntax and consideration of their literary and cultural context.  The main text for Spring 2017 will be the Gospel of Mark.
Prof. James Rives | jbrives@email.unc.edu

GREK 222/352 – Advanced Greek II/Classical Greek Prose
We will read sizable selections from Herodotus’ Histories in Greek (using Amy Barbour’s Selections from Herodotus), and the remainder in English translation.  We will pay close attention to Herodotus’ language, style, and narrative technique, while at the same time exploring broader questions of his poetic antecedents and cultural milieu; philosophy of history; gender, ethnography and Other in the Histories; the role of the divine; freedom and empire; and the work’s reception.  Requirements will include regular participation, short quizzes, a midterm exam, a paper, and final exam.
Prof. Emily Baragwanath | ebaragwanath@email.unc.edu

GREK 767 – Greek Rhetoric
The purpose of this seminar is to provide an introduction to ancient Greek rhetoric in its literary and cultural dimensions.  In the first part of the course, we will survey the theory and practice of rhetoric in the Classical, Hellenistic, and Imperial periods, with a focus on Greek texts and sources.  In the second part of the course, we will discuss developments in modern scholarship on rhetoric.  The goals of the course are to explore how oratory and rhetoric functioned socially, politically, and aesthetically in the ancient world, and to consider how debates over the status of rhetoric in the post-classical and modern world have affected scholarly perspectives on Greek literature.
Prof. Janet Downie | jdownie@email.unc.edu

GREK 901 – Ugliness in Greek and Roman Art and Thought
Since the Renaissance, classical antiquity has been praised as a realm of aesthetic achievement, where beauty, nobility, and even truth were linked.  But beauty casts many shadows.  Behind the unified positive ideal extends an obscure Protean network of anti-value, where ethics and aesthetics commingle in a dark dance.  This seminar will take a variety of approaches to defining ugliness and tracing its reverberations Greek and Roman culture.  Students will encounter ancient and modern aesthetic theories, ranging from formalist to social, cognitivist to theological.  The question of ugliness in art will be explored in particular, as we consider how the ugly can be made beautiful, and the beautiful ugly, through the alchemy of mimesis.  Thersites, Polyphemus, Socrates, and Aesop (to name just a few) will play starring roles.

The course will require graduate-level reading skills in Greek and Latin.  Original-language readings will tend to be narrowly focused; accurate comprehension of the text is accordingly essential.  These sources will be complemented by extensive secondary readings, most written in or translated into English.  In addition to active participation in discussion, students will be deputized to present a 15-minute papers for a mock “ugliness conference” to be held in class near the end of therm.  Feedback from these efforts will be incorporated into a final paper of 18 or more pages (5,500 – 7,000 words expected).
Prof. Al Duncan | acduncan@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.  There will be three tests, frequent written homework assignments, and a final examination.
Lindsey McCoy | lkmccoy@live.unc.edu

LATN 102 – Elementary Latin II
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.  There will be three tests, a final examination, and written homework. Three sections.
Nathan Smolin | nsmolin@live.unc.edu  Hannah Sorscher | hrsorsch@live.unc.edu  Emma Warhover | emmanw@live.unc.edu

LATN 203 – Intermediate Latin I
Latin 203 focuses on reading, translation, and regular grammar review.  Readings will come primarily from Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae.  There will be regular translation quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam.  Two sections.
Sasha Daly | aldaly@email.unc.edu  Brian McPhee | bmcphee@live.unc.edu

LATN 204 – Intermediate Latin II
The purpose of Latin 204 is to strengthen the students’ command of Latin grammar, syntax, sight-reading, and scansion.  We will fulfill this purpose by reading a selection of Latin poetry about love, including works by Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and others.  We will discuss the poetics and concerns of these authors.  Requirements include frequent quizzes, two projects, and a final exam.  Assignments will focus on reading in Latin with an eye to improving students’ ability to read Latin poetry at sight.
Will Begley | wbegley@live.unc.edu

LATN 222 – Cicero
This class will read and examine one of Cicero’s greatest works, De Senectute.  Cicero here addresses one of the fundamental paradoxes facing humans in his day as well as ours–we want to live to old age because we prefer not to die, but old age itself is generally held to be undesirable.  What, in other words, makes life worth living?  In addition to reading the complete text of De Senectute in Latin and discussing the style and thought of the work, we will also look at the historical and political context in which Cicero lived and wrote.
Prof. Bob Babcock | rbabcock@email.unc.edu

LATN 351 – Lucretius
“Imagine there’s no heaven…”  This course offers close reading in Latin of extensive selections of the DE RERUM NATURA, the remarkable poem in which Lucretius argues that the world is made up of atoms, that the soul dies with the body, that the gods never help or punish human beings, and that mortals should live their lives in search of the peace of mind of Epicurean philosophy.  We will try to understand Lucretius’ Latin, which we will hope to read with increasing ease and accuracy, and with attention to his rhetorical and poetic techniques and to the literary, philosophical, historical, and cultural background of this unusual and fascinating poem.  Quizzes in Latin, one or two hour exams, brief class reports, a final exam and a paper.
Prof. James O’Hara | jimohara@unc.edu

LATN 513 – Readings in Latin Literature of the Empire
This course is a survey of Latin writers from the first century and the beginning of the second.  It focuses on the texts from the early imperial period that are on the Classics Department’s M.A. and Ph.D. reading lists.  We will study works or portions of works by Seneca, Martial, Tacitus, Juvenal, and Pliny the Younger.  In addition to the assigned Latin readings, we will read portions of some works in English, to give you a broader experience of the authors we are studying.  This course is a reading/translation course, designed to introduce students to major writers of the period by extensive reading of their works, and to improve the students’ facility in reading Latin, an their appreciation of the distinctive stylistic qualities of first-century Roman writers.
Prof. Robert Babcock | rbabcock@email.unc.edu

LATN 773 – Lucretius
“Imagine there’s no heaven…”  Close study of the entire “De Rerum Natura”, the strange and fascinating poem in which Lucretius argues that the world is made up of atoms, that the soul dies with the body, that the gods never help or punish human beings, and that mortals should live their lives in search of the peace of mind of Epicurean philosophy.  Among our concerns will be: Lucretius’ Latin style and his rhetorical and poetic techniques; the literary background of the poem in the traditions of both didactic and epic; the philosophy of Epicurus as seen in surviving fragments and in other Greek and Roman authors; the strengths and weaknesses of Lucretius’ argument and the results of his decision to use poetry to try to sell Epicureanism; and the late Republican cultural background.  We will also discuss the reception of the poem by poets, scholars, and others, and what it might have to offer to the twenty-first century.
Prof. James O’Hara | jimohara@unc.edu