(No prerequisites -- fulfill BA humanities requirement -- all taught in English translation)

CLA 2-216, Classical Mythology

Demeter and Persephone

Demeter and PersephoneApollo and DionysosAchilles and AgamemnonMedea and Alcestis. Names of myth and legend, deception and intrigue, true love and not so true love.

Study of the development of the myth, legend, and folklore of the ancient world, especially its place in ancient Greek and Roman culture, and its survival in the modern world.

Sample Syllabus for Classical Mythology


 CLA 2-382 Roman Archaeology (in Italy)

Walking across stepping stones in Pompeii

Come to Italy and study the art and archaeology of the ancient Romans in order to understand their history and civilization--economy, government, religion, family life, slavery, urbanization--from the monarchy and republic to the empire and the advent of Christianity.  Taught in Italy, the class spend the first part of the course in Florence exploring cemeteries of the ancient Etruscans and the Roman city at Fiesole.  Then we move to Rome where we will walk through the Roman forum, the heart of ancient Rome, climb the steps of the Colosseum, marvel at the Pantheon and its still preserved dome, and race at the Circus Maximus.  Also on the itinerary are temples, theaters, markets, baths, imperial palaces, early Christian churches and catacombs, Ostia, Rome's port, and of course, Pompeii and Herculaneum, cities covered by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  Course cost: $4400.  Airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations, entrance fees, some excursions, most breakfasts, and three group meals.  

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CLA 4-254 Greek History

The Trireme Olympias

The Trireme Olympias, a modern reconstruction of the Greek warship that helped to defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis

This in an introductory course in Greek history that will cover major social, economic, and political developments from the Archaic period in Greece to the rise of Alexander the Great. Topics to be discussed include the formation of city states, Athenian Democracy, war with Persia, the Peloponnesian War and the coming of the Hellenistic Age.  (Humanities) Venticinque 


CLA 5-264, Women in Antiquity

women at a fountain

Who were Amazons and Maenads? Was there ever a time women were in power? Who were Sappho, Aspasia, Cleopatra, Clodia, and Livia? What was the reality of women's lives in classical Greece and Rome?

In the course we will look at women's public and private lives, their participation in cult and the economy, and society, their experience of childbearing, marriage, and death. Literature, history, medical texts, inscriptions, art, and architecture will be our sources and we will hear women's own voices in poetry, epitaphs, letters, and other documents.

This course also counts towards the Women's Studies major.

Sample Syllabus for Women in Antiquity


CLA 6-375 The Ancient Economy

Roman slave collar

A Roman Slave Collar

The economy of the Greek and Roman world has been called an "academic battleground," a description of the debate that proves less fitting today than it did several decades ago when Keith Hopkins coined the phrase. Since 1973, much of the battle has been waged in defense of or in opposition to Moses I. Finley's groundbreaking work - The Ancient Economy. This course will provide not only an introduction to the economy and society of the ancient world by examining agriculture, craft production, labor, and trade based on documentary evidence and literary texts and documentary evidence, but also will include a consideration of the formal and informal constraints on these activities, namely ideology, status concerns, and law. Finley's work - along with the responses of both supporters and his critics - will guide and inform the class discussion in order to provide students with the necessary tools to evaluate current debates and offer their own examination of the work and activities carried out by craftsmen, merchants, farmers, and the landowning elite. (Humanities) VENTICINQUE


CLA 8-364, Comedy: Greece and Rome to Hollywood

comic mask

What do Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, and Mae West have in common with the great comic playwrights of Greece and Rome?In this course, you'll read comedies about women who go on a sex strike to stop a war; about a man who dresses as a woman to deceive a rival lover; and about a sausage-seller who becomes mayor of his town. You'll also have a chance to view 5-6 film comedies--starring greats such as Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and Mae West--and learn how Greek and Roman comedy lives on in the modern world.

Sample syllabus

Greek and Latin Courses Offered in 2015-16