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Classics (CLAS)

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USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink2020. Classical Greek Civilization. 3. [C,WB<>H] Examines some of the most important developments of ancient Greek culture. Includes development of government in the city-states, with particular attention to Athenian democracy; tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; comedies of Aristophanes; crisis of values of the Peloponnesian War; and philosophy of Plato. Prerequisite: WA or COM1.

2040. Classical Roman Civilization. 3. [CH,WB<>{none}] Examines some of the most interesting political, legal, artistic, literary, and engineering developments of the Republic and Principate (510 BC-AD 212). These include representational government, citizens' rights, sanctioned violence, Rome's infrastructure, and major literary works of oratory, comedy, history, epic, and philosophy. Prerequisite: WA or COM1.

JumpLink3050. Athenian Democracy. 3. Examines democratic government in ancient Athens: its origins and development, its practical workings, how politics were conducted and power was gained and exercised, citizen participation, law courts, and evaluations of democracy in the ancient world and since. Cross listed with POLS/HIST 3050. Prerequisite: WB or COM2.

3160. “What Killed Socrates?” 3. This course will reexamine Socrates’ trial in 399 BCE, widely regarded as a miscarriage of justice, in its total historic context, seeking to understand the reasons for Socrates’ conviction. In the process, it will impart a broad understanding of the cultural, philosophical, political, and legal life of classical Athens. Cross listed with HIST/PHIL 3160. Prerequisite: WB or COM2.

JumpLink4230. Greek Tragedy. 3. Reading and discussion of major plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, together with examination of the performance and social context of Greek drama, its use of traditional myths, and selected issues in contemporary scholarship on the tragedies. Cross listed with ENGL/THEA 4230. Prerequisite: WB or COM2.

4270. Classical Epic Poetry. 3. Reading and discussion of major works of Greek and Latin epic poetry, centered on Homer and Vergil. Also includes consideration of the background of these works (both mythological and historical) and the development of the epic tradition in the ancient world. Cross listed with ENGL 4270. Prerequisite: WB or COM2.

4975. Independent Study. 1-4 (max. 12) Specialized study in aspects of Greek or Roman civilization of interest to the student, with topic and plan of work to be worked out by the student and the instructor together. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Classics courses or consent of instructor.  (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources.)

4990. Topics in Classical Civilization. 1-4 (max. 12) Study in depth of special areas in ancient civilization that are not covered in regularly offered courses. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Classics courses or consent of the instructor. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources.)

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