2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

Students may complete a major in Greek, Latin, Classical Languages, or Classical Culture and Society. Students may complete a minor in Greek, Latin, or Classical Culture and Society. Students may complete an M.A. in Greek or Latin in the combined A.B./M.A. program.

Faculty

Annette Baertschi, Assistant Professor
Catherine Conybeare, Professor
Radcliffe Edmonds, Associate Professor and Chair (on leave semester II)
Russell Scott, Professor and Acting Chair, semester II
Asya Sigelman, Assistant Professor

In collaboration with the Department of Classics at Haverford College, the department offers four major programs of study: Greek, Latin, Classical Languages, and Classical Culture and Society. In addition to the sequence of courses specified for each major, all majors must participate in the Senior Seminar, a full-year course. In the first term, students refine their ability to read, discuss, and critique classical texts through engagement with scholarship from various fields of Classical Studies, while in the second term, they conduct independent research, culminating in a substantial thesis paper and a presentation to the department. Senior essays of exceptionally high quality may be awarded departmental honors at commencement.

Students, according to their concentrations, are encouraged to consider a term of study during junior year in programs such as the College Year in Athens or the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.

GREEK

The sequence of courses in the ancient Greek language is designed to acquaint the students with the various aspects of Greek culture through a mastery of the language and a comprehension of Greek history, mythology, religion and the other basic forms of expression through which the culture developed. The works of poets, philosophers, and historians are studied both in their historical context and in relation to subsequent Western thought.

College Foreign Language Requirement

The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing GREK 101 and 104 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in GREK 104.

Major Requirements

Requirements in the major are two courses at the introductory level, two courses at the 100 level, two courses at the 200 level, one course at the 300 level (or above) and the Senior Seminar.

Also required are three courses to be distributed as follows: one in Greek history, one in Greek archaeology, and one in Greek philosophy.

By the end of the senior year, majors will be required to have completed a sight translation examination from Greek to English.

Prospective majors in Greek are advised to take Greek in their first year. For students entering with Greek there is the possibility of completing the requirements for both A.B. and M.A. degrees in four years. Those interested in pursuing advanced degrees are advised to have a firm grounding in Latin.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in Greek are two courses at the introductory level, two courses at the 100 level, two courses at the 200 level.

Courses for which a knowledge of Greek is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.

GREK B010 Traditional and New Testament Greek

The first part of this year-long course will focus on introducing standard (Classical) Greek. Once the grammar has been fully introduced, early in the spring semester, the class will begin to develop facility by reading part of the New Testament, selections from Xenophon and, finally, a dialogue of Plato.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Sigelman,A.

GREK B011 Traditional and New Testament Greek

The first part of this year-long course will focus on introducing standard (Classical) Greek. Once the grammar has been fully introduced, early in the spring semester, the class will begin to develop facility by reading part of the New Testament, selections from Xenophon and, finally, a dialogue of Plato.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Sigelman,A.

GREK B101 Herodotus

Greek 101 introduces the student to one of the greatest prose authors of ancient Greece, the historian, Herodotus. The "Father of History," as Herodotus is sometimes called, wrote one of the earliest lengthy prose texts extant in Greek literature, in the Ionian dialect of Greek. The "Father of Lies," as he is also sometimes known, wove into his history a number of fabulous and entertaining anecdotes and tales. His historie or inquiry into the events surrounding the invasions by the Persian empire against the Greek city-states set the precedent for all subsequent historical writings.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Sigelman,A., Baertschi,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

GREK B104 Homer

This course introduces the student to the Iliad and Odyssey -- two epic works which stand at the fountainhead of the Western literary tradition. We will read selections from both poems as we explore Homeric language, metrics, imagery, and themes.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Sigelman,A.

GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides

This course is designed to introduce the student to two of the greatest prose authors of ancient Greece, the philosopher, Plato, and the historian, Thucydides. These two writers set the terms in the disciplines of philosophy and history for millennia, and philosophers and historians today continue to grapple with their ideas and influence. The brilliant and controversial statesman Alcibiades provides a link between the two texts in this course, and we examine the ways in which both authors handle the figure of Alcibiades as a point of entry into the comparison of the varying styles and modes of thought of these two great writers.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Edmonds,R.

GREK B350 Topics in Greek Literature

Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-quarters of the reading will be from primary sources.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Not offered in 2011-12.

GREK B398 Senior Seminar

The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis.
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B398
CROSS-LISTED AS LATN-B398
1.0 units
Baertschi, A.

GREK B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units
Staff

LATIN

The major in Latin is designed to acquaint the student with Roman literature, history and culture in all its aspects. Works in Latin language, ranging from its beginnings to the Renaissance, are examined both in their historical context and as influences on post-classical cultures and societies up to the present day.

College Foreign Language Requirement

The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing LATN 110-112 or 101-102 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in the second semester.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the major are two courses at the 100 level, two literature courses at the 200 level, two literature courses at the 300 level, HIST 207 or 208, Senior Seminar, and two courses to be selected from the following: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at the 100 level or above; Greek at the 100 level or above; French, Italian or Spanish at the 200 level or above. Courses taken at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in

Rome are accepted as part of the major. By the end of the senior year, majors will be required to have completed successfully a sight translation examination from Latin to English.

Students who place into 200-level courses in their first year may be eligible to participate in the A.B./M.A. program. Those interested should consult the department as soon as possible.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor are normally six courses, including one at the 300 level. For non-majors, two literature courses at the 200 level must be taken as a prerequisite for admission to a 300-level course. Courses for which knowledge of Latin is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.

LATN B001 Elementary Latin

Basic grammar, composition, and Latin readings, including classical prose and poetry.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Conybeare,C.

LATN B002 Elementary Latin

Basic grammar, composition, and Latin readings, including classical prose and poetry.
Language Level 1
1.0 units
Scott,R.

LATN B110 Introduction to Latin Literature I

While poetry is not neglected, the course privileges prose readings from the late republican era to the high Roman empire to consolidate students' command of Latin grammar and to foster an appreciation of polished, literary style. There are three required meetings a week and an optional fourth hour for sight reading and additional discussion.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Scott,R.

LATN B112 Introduction to Latin Literature II

In the second semester of the sequence, readings in prose and poetry are frequently drawn from a period, such as the age of Augustus, that illustrate in different ways the leading political and cultural concerns of the time. The Latin readings and discussion are supplemented by readings in the secondary literature. There are three required meetings a week.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Baertschi,A.

LATN B202 Advanced Latin Literature

This course will introduce students to one of the most fascinating moments in the history of Latin literature: the writers that flourished in the age of Nero. The course concentrates on two major figures: the precocious epic poet Lucan, and his uncle, the philosopher and dramatist, Seneca, exploring their relation to previous literary and historical traditions, to rhetoric, and to the emperor, as well as their strikingly "baroque" literary style and the aestheticized violence that is so prevalent in their works.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Barrenechea,F., Baertschi,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

LATN B203 Medieval Latin Literature

This course challenges students with some proficiency in Latin to move beyond the canon of classical texts. We read highlights of Latin literature from late antiquity and the 12th century, including excerpts from Augustine's Confessions, Prudentius' Psychomachia, and the letters of Abelard and Heloise. Also of interest to students of theology and religious studies.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Conybeare,C.

LATN B205 Latin Style

A study of Latin prose style based on readings and exercises in composition. Offered to students wishing to fulfill the requirements for teacher certification in Latin or to fulfill one of the requirements in the major.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Barrenechea,F.
Not offered in 2011-12.

LATN B312 Roman Satire

Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Conybeare,C.
Not offered in 2011-12.

LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature: Roman Historians

Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-fourths of the reading will be from primary sources. One additional hour TBA Prerequisite: a 200-level Latin course. Current topic description: Readings in the poetry of Statius. Current topic description: When Rome was sacked in 410 CE, how did people respond? Was this the collapse of the Roman empire - or was the heart of empire already elsewhere? We shall address this question particularly through Christian eyes, reading Augustine's sermons and Jerome's letters from the period, and paying special attention to Augustine's magisterial elaboration, in the City of God, of the issues at stake.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Conybeare,C., Baertschi,A.

LATN B398 Senior Seminar

The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis.
CROSS-LISTED AS CSTS-B398
CROSS-LISTED AS GREK-B398
1.0 units
Baertschi, A.

LATN B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units

CLASSICAL LANGUAGES

The major in classical languages is designed for the student who wishes to divide her time between the two languages and literatures.

Major Requirements

In addition to the Senior Seminar, the requirements for the major are eight courses in Greek and Latin, including at least two at the 200 level in one language and two at the 300 level in the other, and two courses in ancient history and/or classical archaeology. There are two final examinations: a sight translation from Greek to English, and another from Latin to English.

CLASSICAL CULTURE AND SOCIETY

The major provides a broad yet individually structured background for students whose interest in the ancient classical world is general and who wish to pursue more specialized work in one or more particular areas.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the major, in addition to the Senior Seminar, are nine courses distributed as follows:

  • Two courses in either Latin or Greek beyond the elementary level
  • One course in Greek and/or Roman history
  • Three courses, at least two of which are at the 200 level or higher, in one of the following concentrations: archaeology and art history, philosophy and religion, literature and the classical tradition, or history and society
  • Three electives, at least one of which is at the 200 level or higher, and one of which must be among the courses counted toward the history/society concentration (except in the case of students in that concentration)

Minor Requirements

For the minor, six courses drawn from the range of courses counted toward the major are required. Of these, two must be in Greek or Latin beyond the elementary level and at least one must be in classical culture and society at the 200 level.

CSTS B110 The World Through Classical Eyes

A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the "inhabited world."
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B110
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B110
1.0 units
Donohue,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B115 Classical Art

An introduction to the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B115
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B115
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B115
1.0 units
Donohue,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky

This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B125
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B125
1.0 units
Lindenlauf,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action

An introduction to Roman public and private law from the early republic to the high empire. The development of legal institutions, including the public courts, the role of the jurists and the importance of case law, is stressed.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Scott,R.

CSTS B160 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome

The often-praised achievements of the classical cultures arose from the realities of day-to-day life. This course surveys the rich body of archaeological and literary evidence pertaining to how ancient Greeks and Romans—famous and obscure alike—lived and died. Topics include housing, food, clothing, work, leisure and family and social life.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B160
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B160
1.0 units
Donohue,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B191 The Worlds of the Greek Heroes

An introduction to Greek mythology comparing the literary and visual representations of the major gods and heroes in terms of content, context, function, and syntax.
Division III: Humanities
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Hamilton,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B193 The Routes of Comedy

A broad survey, ranging from the pre-history of comedy in such phenomena as monkey laughs and ritual abuse to the ancient comedies of Greece and Rome and their modern descendants, from the Marx Brothers and Monty Python to Seinfeld and South Park.
Division III: Humanities
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Barrenechea,F.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B205 Greek History

A study of Greece down to the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 B.C.E.), with a focus on constitutional changes from monarchy through aristocracy and tyranny to democracy in various parts of the Greek world. Emphasis on learning to interpret ancient sources, including historians (especially Herodotus and Thucydides), inscriptions, and archaeological and numismatic materials. Particular attention is paid to Greek contacts with the Near East; constitutional developments in various Greek-speaking states; Athenian and Spartan foreign policies; and the "unwritten history" of non-elites.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B205
1.0 units
Edmonds,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic

The history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy, the Hellenistic world, and the evolution of the Roman state. Ancient sources, literary and archaeological, are emphasized.
Division III: Humanities
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B207
1.0 units
Scott,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B208 The Roman Empire

Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B208
1.0 units
Scott,R.

CSTS B209 Eros in Ancient Greek Culture

This course explores the ancient Greek's ideas of love, from the interpersonal loves between people of the same or different genders to the cosmogonic Eros that creates and holds together the entire world. The course examines how the idea of eros is expressed in poetry, philosophy, history, and the romances.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Edmonds,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B212 Magic in the Greco-Roman World

Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans—from the simple spells designed to meet the needs of the poor and desperate to the complex theurgies of the philosophers—the people of the Greco-Roman world made use of magic to try to influence the world around them. This course will examine the magicians of the ancient world and the techniques and devices they used. We shall consider ancient tablets and spell books as well as literary descriptions of magic in the light of theories relating to the religious, political, and social contexts in which magic was used.
Division III: Humanities
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Edmonds,R.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B220 Writing the Self

What leads people to write about their lives? Do women and men present themselves differently? Do they think different issues are important? How do they claim authority for their thoughts and experiences? Readings will include Abelard and Heloise's Letters, Augustine's Confessions, Guibert de Nogent's A Monk's Confession, Patrick's Confession, Perpetua's Passion, Radegund's Fall of Thuringia, and a collection, Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B220
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Conybeare,C.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B223 The Early Medieval World

The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B233
1.0 units
Truitt,E.

CSTS B224 High Middle Ages

This course will cover the second half of the European Middle Ages, often called the High and Late Middle Ages, from roughly 1000-1400. The course has a general chronological framework, and is based on important themes of medieval history. These include feudalism and the feudal economy; the social transformation of the millennium; monastic reform; the rise of the papacy; trade, exchange, and exploration; urbanism and the growth of towns.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B224
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B227 Utopia: Good Place or No Place?

What is the ideal human society? What is the role and status of man and woman therein? Is such a society purely hypothetical or should we strive to make it viable in our modern world? This course will address these questions by exploring the historic development of the concept of utopia.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Sigelman,A.

CSTS B231 Medicine, Magic and Miracles in the Middle Ages

An exploration of the history of health and disease, healing and medical practice in the medieval period, emphasizing Dar as-Islam and the Latin Christian West. Using methods from intellectual cultural and social history, themes include: theories of health and disease; varieties of medical practice; rationalities of various practices; views of the body and disease; medical practitioners. No previous course work in medieval history is required.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B231
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B231
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity

We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B234
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B234
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration
1.0 units
Lindenlauf,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B248 Reception of Classical Literature in the Hispanic World

A survey of the reception of Classical literature in the Spanish-speaking world. We read select literary works in translation, ranging from Renaissance Spain to contemporary Latin America, side-by-side with their classical models, to examine what is culturally unique about their choice of authors, themes, and adaptation of the material.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B248
CROSS-LISTED AS SPAN-B248
Counts toward Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures concentration
1.0 units
Barrenechea,F.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome

A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources, with attention to art and the archaeology and topography, we will explore the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film and interpretive approaches such as gaze studies and carnivalesque.
Division III: Humanities
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B255
CROSS-LISTED AS CITY-B260
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B285
1.0 units
Baertschi,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B274 From Myth to Modern Cinema: Greek Tragedy in Contemporary Film

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B274
1.0 units
Baertschi,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology

A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology or art history.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B359
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B358
1.0 units
Donohue,A.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B364 Magical Mechanisms

A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval studies, or the permission of the instructor.
Division I or Division III
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B364
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B368 Topics in Medieval History

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B368
1.0 units
Radhakrishnan,M., Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B369 Topics in Medieval History

Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS HIST-B369
CROSS-LISTED AS ARCH-B369
1.0 units
Truitt,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

CSTS B375 Interpreting Mythology

The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. Preference to upperclassmen, previous coursework in myth required.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B375
1.0 units
Edmonds,R.

CSTS B398 Senior Seminar

The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed with GREK398 and LATN398.
CROSS-LISTED AS GREK-B398
CROSS-LISTED AS LATN-B398
1.0 units
Baertschi, A.

CSTS B399 Senior Seminar

CROSS-LISTED AS GREK-B399
CROSS-LISTED AS LATN-B399
1.0 units
Staff

CSTS B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units
Edmonds,R., Scott,R.