Classical Studies

CLAS 100-C01 Greece and Rome        
David Meban      CRN 30408 MWF 1330-1420

In a 2009 survey of Canadian undergraduate students, 87% of the respondents believed that Gerard Butler led the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.  Ninety-one percent of the respondents indicated that Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon in order to face down Xena Warrior Princess. If you are among these numbers, and are in the midst of giving yourself a congratulatory pat on the back, do the future of Western culture a favour and register for CLAS 100 Introduction to the Civilizations of Greece and Rome. Today's high school and university curriculum sadly neglects the classical world. This course aims to remedy this shortcoming by providing students with an introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. To this end we will discuss important historical developments such as the emergence of civilization in Greece, the expansion of Classical Athens, and the growth and consolidation of the Roman empire. But we will also devote a considerable portion of the course to an examination of other topics such as (but not limited to) Athenian democracy, Roman leisure, artistic production, religious practice, and daily life.

CLAS 120-C97 Latin & Greek in Scientific Terminology   
David Meban      CRN 30409               Online

An introduction to the Greek and Latin roots of scientific terminology.  Through a study of Greek and Latin word elements, principles of formation and pronunciation, this course provides students with an understanding of the technical terms employed in fields such as anatomy, biology and medicine.

CLAS 150-C01 Latin Language I                
Dwayne Meisner CRN 30410 MWF 0830-0920

Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, and Will Ferrell. Beyond their extraordinary contributions to the political, scientific and artistic life of the last one hundred years, one thing unites these individuals: as undergraduates they all majored in Latin. No doubt these cultural giants were well aware of Latin's coolness factor, and the street credibility it confers. But they also realized there was no skirting one undeniable and universal truth: success in this life and the next depends on one's knowledge of Latin. Be forewarned: learning Latin is not for the weak, humble, or pathetic. Many who register will be overwhelmed with self doubt as they are ground to dust under the wheels of my chariot, distraught by the peals of laughter reverberating throughout the classroom. But for those who endure there awaits one sure reward: a mitochlorian count that is off the charts.

CLAS 160-C01 Greek Language I             
Gillian Ramsey   CRN 30411  MWF 1030-1120

After a year sitting on the sidelines, CLAS 160 Greek Language I is back. And it's in a foul mood. In fact, it boasts it will put a pedagogical beat down on any student who plucks up enough courage to step into the Attic octagon. Oh sure, you have a certain swagger and snap in your step because you've taken a bit of French, or are confident in your abilities because a second cousin twice removed once claimed she knew a bit of German. Think again. CLAS 160 will deliver a left hook of the aorist tense, an uppercut of indirect statements, and then finish it all off by kicking you while you are down. All without breaking a sweat. Bring it.

CLAS 291-C01 Introduction to Classical Archeology       
Gillian Ramsey   CRN 30412    TR 1300-1415

An exploration of the material cultures of pre-classical and classical civilizations of Greece and Rome. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which archaeological methods contribute to our understanding of the history and culture of these civilizations.