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Brenda Fineberg

Professor & Chair of Classics

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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CLAS 103. Classical Mythology. (1)

This course introduces students to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome by reading literary texts and examining visual representations of myths found in architecture, sculpture and painting. Through a variety of approaches, we consider questions such as the following: What can we learn about the Greeks and Romans by studying the stories they tell? What is the relationship between myth and science? Myth and religion? How have ancient myths been appropriated in modern culture, such as in fiction and movies? HUM; Cross Listing: RELS 103; IC; PI; H. Lehmann; M. Parks;

CLAS 104. The Ancient Mediterranean World. (1)

Ancient civilizations through the fall of Rome. HSS; Cross Listing: HIST 104; D. Fatkin;

CLAS 110. History of Ancient Greece. (1)

This class explores the events of ancient Greek history and the achievements of Greek civilization. Today, we often look back to ancient Greece, particularly Athens, as the foundation of modern, western culture, but how much do we really know about life in Greece? And why should we care? This class seeks to answer these questions and others as we examine the history of ancient Greek cities, their institutions, and cultural achievements. Chronologically, we cover the Bronze Age to the Classical period. This class includes the traditional military and political history of ancient Greece, but we also learn about ancient Greek society as a whole and consider the cultural foundation of ancient life. By the end of this class, students should understand both the overall shape of ancient Greek history and culture, and how historians know what they know about the ancient Greek past. HUM; Cross Listing: HIST 110; D. Fatkin;

CLAS 111. History of Ancient Rome. (1)

Roman culture and society from Romulus and Remus (753 BCE) through Marcus Aurelius (180 CE). This course calls 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; Cross Listing: HIST 111; D. Fatkin;

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; IC; H. Lehmann;

CLAS 204. Roman Art and Architecture. (1)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Roman art - sculpture, painting, architecture and minor arts - from the time of the Etruscans through the era of Constatine (c. 1000 BCE - c. 400 CE), with particular attention given to the relationship between Roman art and society. Among other topics, we will study the impact of both Etruscan and Greek art and architecture on that of the Romans, Augustan Rome, the houses and paintings preserved in Pompeii, Roman architecture and the projection of Roman imperial power, sexuality in Roman art, art and architecture in the Roman provinces and the era of Constantine and the shift to Christianity. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ART 204; Offered occasionally; J. Nethercut;

CLAS 212. Greek and Roman Epic Poetry in Translation. (1/2)

Readings include selections from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and also from Vergil's Aeneid. The course explores the defining characteristics of the ancient epic genre and the thematic content of the three epics on the syllabus. All readings are in English translation. There are no prerequisites for this course. HUM; Offered in conjunction with GRK 212 and LAT 212; Staff;

CLAS 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): 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. HUM; Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: PHIL 270; IC; Offered alternate years; B. Polite;

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. 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. Prerequisite(s): At least one course in Latin or Greek at the 200 or 300 level, or permission of the instructor; Offered occasionally; Staff;

CLAS 301. Roman Imperialism in Comparative Perspective. (1)

In this seminar, students learn details about the history and administrative structure of the Roman empire through examination of case studies. The course focuses on understanding the nature and scope of Roman imperialism by comparing it to other empires. Students engage in independent research and complete a term paper. Prerequisite(s): HIST 285; HIST 104 and/or HIST 201 strongly encouraged; Cross Listing: HIST 301; W; D. Fatkin;

CLAS 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): 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. Prerequisite(s): 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. Prerequisite(s): 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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