Classical Studies

CLAS 151-C01 Latin Language II                                                 

Dwayne Meisner            CRN 10383                 MWF 1230-1320  

In September it begins as a hushed murmur in room 322 of Campion College. By October it has evolved into a growing din. By November and December it has matured into an earsplitting chant thundering across campus: "More Latin! More Latin!" These words burst forth from the mouths of students ravenous for the Roman language, voracious consumers of ancient goodness. To satiate this hunger the College bows down and offers CLAS 151 Latin Language II. This course serves up an indulgent smorgasbord of Latinity. I-stem nouns of the third declension? You bet! Interrogative pronouns and adjectives? Yup! The passive periphrastic? Is the Pope Jesuit? It is, in sum, every undergraduate's dream come true.

 

CLAS 161-C01 Greek Language II                                              

Gillian Ramsey                CRN 10384                 MWF 1130-1220  

In this second half of our introduction to the glamourous Greek language of ancient Athens and its neighbours, we’ll add to our treasure house of useful vocabulary and immerse ourselves in entertaining grammar so that students can learn to read with more ease and confidence. We’ll also focus on exploring classical Greek culture and society.

 

CLAS 200-C01 Greek Mythology                                               

Gillian Ramsey                CRN 10385                 MWF 1030-1120  

When not inventing democracy, philosophy, and tragedy, the ancient Greeks enjoyed sharing stories amongst themselves. Have you heard the one about the husband who devours his pregnant wife, then gives birth to a girl through his head after having it split open with an axe? Or how about the son who castrates his father, throws what he's left holding into the sea, and watches as it turns into the goddess of sexual desire and love? Yeah, pretty weird. But how do we reconcile these strange tales with a culture that bequeathed to western civilization so much of what it holds dear? This course, through a close reading of a variety of myths, aims to demonstrate how these stories, although at first glance odd, in fact show a deep engagement with a number of social and political issues relevant to both ancient and modern culture.

 

CLAS 290AB-C01 Ancient and Early Christian Art                   

David Meban                  CRN 10386                      TR 1300-1415  

This course begins with a review of Greek and Roman art, with a focus on key words and their principles and ideals.  It then examines early Christian artistic production, with an emphasis on how craftsmen adopted and transformed the practices of their Classical predecessors.

 

CLAS 290AC-C01 Ancient Sport and Spectacle                      

Gillian Ramsey                CRN 10387                      TR 1130-1245  

Have you ever wondered what Roman gladiator fights really looked like? Or why athletes at the ancient Olympics competed in the nude? Did you know that people of all ages played team ball-sports? You can find the answers to these questions and many more in this course. We will uncover the real story on some of the most (in)famous cultural institutions of the Classical world, and talk about the social, economic, and political rationales behind sporting behaviour and spectacular performances. Ancient sporting culture, constructions of masculinity and femininity (women were athletes too), the origins of sports medicine, the celebration of victorious competitors, the role of animals and condemned prisoners, ancient music (every show needs a soundtrack!), and the logistics of putting on games and spectacular shows are all on the roster of topics to be examined.