Summer School 2017 Course Descriptions

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CLAS 122: The Romans – Maymester (May 17 – June 2)
The aim of this course is to introduce students to some peculiar features of Roman civilization.  Within a broadly historical framework we will look at various aspects of Roman society and address questions like, who were the Romans?  How similar were they to us?  What was it like to be a Roman aristocrat, soldier, slave or woman?  To respond to these questions, we will read ancient sources dealing with politics, literature, religion, technology, social institutions, spectacles and war.  There will be one fifty-minute test, a final examination, daily quizzes and short papers.  This course satisfies the following General Education Categories: World before 1750 (WB), Historical Analysis (HS), and North Atlantic World (NA). Prerequisites: none.
Instructor: Prof. Luca Grillo | lgrillo@email.unc.edu

CLAS 126: Medical Terminology – Summer Session I (May 17 – June 22)
This course will provide you with the long-term skills you need to comprehend the imposing language of the medical profession.  Through a systematic study of word roots taken from ancient Greek and Latin, you will gain not only an extensive knowledge of medical vocabulary, but also the ability to use and understand medical language throughout your career.  Prerequisites: none.
Instructor: Hannah Sorscher | hrsorsch@live.unc.edu

CLAS 131: Classical Mythology – Summer Session II (June 26 – Aug 1)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the stories about gods, goddesses, and heroes that were told and retold throughout antiquity.  Reading and discussion will emphasize not only the stories themselves, but also their historical and cultural context.  How were myths transmitted in ancient times?  What roles did they play in Greco-Roman culture?  What can we learn from them about the ways that ancient Greeks and Romans understood the world around them?  In our explorations we will concentrate on literary texts, especially epic and tragedy, but will also examine visual representations of myths in painting and sculpture.  Alongside daily class discussion, this course will include visits to the Ackland Art Museum, viewings of modern film adaptations of myths, and scavenger hunts for mythological symbolism on UNC’s campus.  This course satisfies the following General Education categories: Literary Arts (LA).  Prerequisites: none.
Instructor: Brian McPhee | bmcphee@live.unc.edu

CLAS 257: Age of Augustus – Summer Session II (June 26 – Aug 1)
This course is an examination of the life and times of Augustus Caesar, the founds and first leader of the Roman Empire.  Class lectures, discussion, and assignments will cover Augustus’ consolidation of power in the late 1st century BC as well as the various political, social, architectural, artistic, and literary effects his rule had on Rome and the wider Mediterranean world into the 1st century AD and long afterwards.  While learning about the specifics of what makes the age of Augustus such a formative period in the history of western civilization, students will gain experience analyzing and discussing in oral and written form the contexts, biases, and underlying ideologies of primary literary and material sources.  This course satisfies the following General Education categories: Literary Arts (LA), North Atlantic World (NA), and World Before 1750 (WB). Prerequisites: None.
Instructor: Matthew Schueller | mattschu@live.unc.edu