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CLAS 104 The Ancient Mediterranean World (1)
Ancient civilizations through the fall of Rome.HSS; Cross Listing : HIST 104; D.Fatkin;

CLAS 200 Greek Civilization (1)
A close reading of selected Greek authors from Homer to Aristotle is supplemented by lectures on the historical and artistic context in which the works were written. HUM; Cross Listing : HIST 200; D.Fatkin;

CLAS 201 Ancient Rome (1)
Roman culture and society from Romulus and Remus (753 BCE) through Marcus Aurelius (180 CE). This course will call upon both literary and visual texts to trace the development of Roman social and cultural institutions from the city's beginnings as a small settlement on the Tiber to its dominance over the Mediterranean world. HUM; W; Cross Listing : HIST 201; Staff

CLAS 202 Greek Art and Architecture (1)
Greek vase-painting, sculpture, and temple-architecture are surveyed with attention to style and chronology as well as to the political, social and intellectual contexts in which the works were created. HUM; Cross Listing : ART 202; S.Fineberg;

CLAS 203 Classical Mythology (1)
The bewildering variety of the Greek and Roman myths defies explanation by a single theory. This course makes use of a variety of approaches, which should each yield some partial truth. The following questions are considered: What is the relationship between myth and science, religion or history? To what extent are myths the product of the unconscious or of society? How do myths define masculine and feminine gender roles? HUM; Cross Listing : RELS 203; S.Fineberg;

CLAS 248 Teaching Assistant (1/2 or 1)
Prereq : Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

CLAS 270 Greek Philosophy (1)
The development of Greek philosophy from its origins in the pre-Socratic fragments through Sophists to the major systematic works of Plato and Aristotle. Special attention is given to the enduring character of the topics raised in ancient philosophy; namely the nature of reality, the definition of the Good, the apprehension of beauty, and the basis for social and political life. Cross Listing : PHIL 270; Staff

CLAS 273 Topics in Greek and Roman Culture (1)
Topics vary from year to year. Courses recently taught under this rubric include "Greek and Roman Love Stories;" "Shakespeare and Ovid;" "Dangerous Women of the Ancient Mediterranean." May be repeated for credit on different topics. Prereq : sophomore standing, previous coursework in classics, or permission of instructor; Staff

CLAS 295 Special Topics (1/2 or 1)
Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Classics not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff

CLAS 299 Classics Workshop: Seminar on Theory and Method (1)
This course is designed for Classics students. It introduces students to a range of theoretical approaches, source material, professional writing in the field (journal articles), and bibliographical resources. Brief in-class presentations and final research paper are required. Prereq : One course in Latin or Greek at the 200 or 300 level. Students will be reading material that requires some knowledge of the original languages.; B.Fineberg;

CLAS 341 The Great Theorists (1)
Plato to Aquinas. The political writings of Plato and Aristotle are emphasized and contrasted with the modern views of political life. Medieval Islamic and Jewish theorists are introduced. Prereq : sophomore standing recommended; Cross Listing : PS 341; L.Sunderland;

CLAS 348 Teaching Assistant (1/2 or 1)
Prereq : Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

CLAS 373 Topics in Greek and Roman Culture (1)
See description for CLAS 273. Prereq : sophomore standing, previous coursework in classics, or permission of instructor; Staff

CLAS 390 Research Paper (.0)
Majors must complete a substantial research paper, using both primary and secondary sources, in a course in Latin, Greek, or Classics. The paper must be approved by the supervising instructor and by the chair of the department, who issues a grade of "P" for the 0-credit CLAS 390 course. An Honors project in Latin, Greek, or Classics may be used to fulfill this requirement. Staff

CLAS 395 Special Topics (1/2 or 1)
Course offered occasionally to students in special areas of Classics not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff

CLAS 399 Senior Seminar (1/2)
Drawing on work done in an advanced Latin or Greek course, and paying particular attention to method and theory, this course will include reading of primary and secondary sources and will culminate in a substantial research paper. Prereq : junior standing and 3 advanced courses in Latin or Greek or permission of the instructor; O; Staff

CLAS 400 Advanced Studies (1/2 or 1)
See College Honors Program. Staff

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