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Classical Languages

Classics (CLA)

Classics courses are taught in English and require no knowledge of the ancient languages.

111. Big Screen Rome (W)
Hollywood has long had an interest in using ancient Rome as a lens for understanding
contemporary America. Earlier Hollywood films, for example, have explored the rich and
famous (Antony and Cleopatra), slave revolts (Spartacus), chariot races (Ben Hur), raucous
parties (Fellini's Satyricon), the rise of Christianity (Quo Vadis), and the fall of empires (The Fall
of the Roman Empire). This course will explore Roman history and culture through the words,
stories, plays, and histories of eyewitnesses and other ancient authors and then, in viewing five
to six films, will ask why the Romans continue to command such interest in the popular
imagination and film. Offered in alternate years or every third year. (Writing Requirement)

216. Classical Mythology (in English)
Development of the myth, legend, and folklore of the ancient world, especially their place in
ancient Greek and Roman culture, and their survival in the modern world. (Humanities)

230. Cultural Crossroads in Antiquity: Egypt, Greece, and Persia (In Chicago)
Focusing on the history of Egypt from the New Kingdom (ca. 1600 BCE) to the conquest of
Alexander the Great (330 BCE) this course will examine the interactions between these empires,
kingdoms, and city states of Egypt, Greece, and Persia. In addition to a discussion of the society,
economy, and religion of Egypt, we will also examine the ways in which foreign rulers such as
the Persian king Cambyses, Alexander the Great, and the Ptolemies used and manipulated
ideologies and propaganda to solidify their claims to rule in Egypt, and the Egyptian responses
to those foreign rulers. Other topics include contact between Greece and Persia, the Persian
Wars, and the impact of the economic ties with Egypt on Greek society. Readings for the course
will include Egyptian, Greek, and Persian literary and documentary sources in translation; we
will also take advantage of the museum collections of the Oriental Institute at the University of
Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Field Museum to supplement these texts with
material culture and art historical evidence. Offered every third year. (Humanities)

254. Greek History
This is 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. Alternate years.

255. Roman History
This is an introductory course in Roman history that will cover major social, economic, and
political developments from the founding of Rome to the reign of Constantine with an emphasis
on Rome's rise to power beginning with the Punic Wars to the reign of Constantine, who
transferred the capital of the empire to Constantinople. Topics to be discussed include the civil
wars, the creation of empire, Rome's place in the ancient Mediterranean world, Roman religion
and Christianity. Alternate years. (Humanities)

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