The Classics Department has an exciting variety of classes this spring. Many of them are cross-listed, so don’t be afraid to take one even if you don’t plan on pursuing a major.
Classics 213=HIS 310=REL 290, Ancient Greek Religion and Magic: After speaking with Dr. Wickkiser, the professor for this course, I concluded that it will indeed be as interesting as its name suggests. She plans to take this class on an imaginary trek through Greece, stopping at a different site each week, such as Delphi or Epidauros, to examine particular themes in ancient cults. For those interested in early Christianity, this material is vital to understanding the “competition” Jesus had against other deities, such as the healer Asclepius. According to Dr. Wickkiser, the really fascinating thing about this topic of ancient Greek religion is that the Greeks really had no religion: it was an integral part of every other aspect of life. As for the magic portion of the class, what isn’t interesting about ancient Greeks using spells to fix the same problems of love and loss which plague us today? I myself plan to sign up for this one.
Greek 303, Homer; Greek 102, Introductory Greek: Dr. Wickkiser will also be offering these two Greek language courses next semester. Students in Greek 101 this semester can continue their studies of the fundamentals of Attic Greek while the advanced class will study one of the fundamental authors of Western literature. Even in antiquity, Homer was widely revered as the basis for a sound education. His works were, as Dr. Wickkiser put it, “the big book.”
Latin 303, Vergil; Latin 102, Introductory Latin: Dr. Hartnett will be continuing the study of Latin with his beginners in 102 and will certainly be exposing those lucky students to his vast array of Latin- related pop culture references. In 303, higher level Latinists will read the premier Latin epic, the Aeneid. This course will focus on Books 1-6, Aeneas’s journey from Troy to Italy.
Classics 104=ART 104, Roman Art and Archaeology: This course is really excellent for those students who have minimal Classics training. Here Dr. Hartnett will dissect the ways that Roman emperors often consolidated their power with propaganda, how the burial and excavation of Pompeii can offer us insights into the Classical world, and how the Romans interacted with the people they conquered. More thematic than chronologically based, this course will also explore how buildings and monuments can both reflect and shape history and will examine the legacy of Roman art up to the present time.
Classics 112=HIS 210, Food and Drink in the Ancient World: Dr. Leslie Day is really excited to offer this unique class in ancient food and drink. She plans to analyze ancient Greek and Roman cultures through the window of food and drink. Warfare, religion, and even sex all are connected to this fundamental human need, and Dr. Day’s course has the potential to answer many questions about the ancient world. And if that’s not enough reason to take her course, she also mentioned there would be several re-enactments of ancient dining experiences. Nothing like firsthand experiences.
Classics 400: Dr. Joe Day will be leading this year’s senior Classics majors on a course that will bring to the fore all their Classics training in a single project and that will challenge these bright students to examine a similar object of study using various methodologies. I’ll be blogging more about this particular topic in future posts.
As one can tell, the Classics Department is just bursting with fascinating classes this spring. Sign up for one and see what all the fuss is about. Scientiae et virtuti.