Undergraduate Courses

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FYS: Socrates and his Intellectual Context
AS.001.121 (01)

This First-Year Seminar will focus on the figure of Socrates. Socrates wrote nothing, so we depend on others for our knowledge of him. We will examine the ways he is portrayed by several different authors, including Plato. We will also examine some other ideas around in his time - some of which were pretty radical - and consider how he may have reacted to them. Finally, we will examine his influence on later thought.

  • Credits: 2.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-ANCIEN, PHIL-ETHICS

Writing Systems of the Ancient Americas
AS.010.302 (01)

The Indigenous peoples of the Americas developed several writing systems, including Zapotec, Isthmian, Mixteca-Puebla, Inka Khipu, and Maya. Of these, Maya script stands out as among the most complex. In this course you will learn about the different writing systems of the Americas, as you acquire the skills to “read” Maya script, interpret complex artistic programs and decipher numbers, dates and names of individuals who lived long ago, as well as build an understanding of how archaeologists utilize such information alongside the material record to illuminate histories and narratives difficult if not impossible to obtain otherwise.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Rossi, Franco (Franco)
  • Room: Gilman 177  
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 9/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH

The Idea of Athens
AS.010.309 (01)

This thematic course will explore the art, architecture, material culture, and textual evidence from the ancient city of Athens, the many cultures and social positions that made up the ancient city, and the idea of the city as something far beyond its reality. We will take a number of field trips to museums in the area and some of your assignments will be based in local museums.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Stager, Jennifer M S
  • Room: Gilman 177  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH

Elementary Ancient Greek
AS.040.106 (01)

Course provides comprehensive, intensive introduction to the study of ancient Greek. The first semester’s focus is morphology and vocabulary; the second semester’s emphasis is syntax and reading. Course may not be taken Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Elementary Latin
AS.040.108 (01)

Course provides comprehensive, intensive introduction to the study of Latin for new students as well as systematic review for students with background in Latin. The first semester's emphasis is on morphology and vocabulary; the second semester's focus is on syntax and reading. Course may not be taken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Ancient Greek Mythology: Art, Narratives, and Modern Mythmaking
AS.040.121 (01)

This course focuses on major and often intricate myths and mythical patterns of thought as they are reflected in compelling ancient visual and textual narratives. Being one of the greatest treasure troves of the ancient world, these myths will further be considered in light of their rich reception in the medieval and modern world (including their reception in the modern fields of anthropology and philosophy).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Medical Terminology
AS.040.152 (01)

This course investigates the Greek and Latin roots of modern medical terminology, with additional focus on the history of ancient medicine and its role in the development of that terminology.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 8:30AM - 9:45AM
  • Instructor: Smith, Joshua M
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/49
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Ancient Greek
AS.040.206 (01)

Reading ability in classical Greek is developed through a study of various authors.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Latin
AS.040.208 (01)

Reading ability in Latin is developed through the study of various authors, primarily Cicero (fall) and Vergil (spring).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Race Before Race: Ethnic Difference in the Ancient Mediterranean
AS.040.212 (01)

This course explores how ancient Mediterranean cultures on three continents theorized and negotiated ethnic difference, with an eye toward classical Greece and Rome's role in the later invention of race.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Pandey, Nandini (Nandini)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 19/30
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Exploring the Ancient Astronomical Imagination
AS.040.216 (01)

This course takes us on an exploratory journey through the ancient astronomical imaginary. We will focus on ancient Greek and Roman ideas about the structure of the cosmos, the substance and nature of the stars, the Earth’s place and role in the universe, ancient attempts to map the stars, and ancient beliefs about the significance of cosmic phenomena for events in the human world. The course will culminate in the extraordinary ancient tradition of lunar fictions, which are our earliest imaginative accounts of life on other worlds. Come join us for a voyage to the stars!

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: ni Mheallaigh, Karen (Karen)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/49
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Greek Tragedy: Human Passions and Divine Power
AS.040.302 (01)

This course introduces students to the significance of Greek theater in its original context and to masterpieces of Greek tragedy such as Medea, Oedipus the King, and The Bacchae. Readings will be in English. No Greek is required. Recommended Course Background: AS.040.111 Ancient Greek Civilization, AS.040.121 Ancient Greek Mythology, or some exposure to ancient Greek culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Montiglio, Silvia
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Ancient Greek
AS.040.306 (01)

This course aims to increase proficiency and improve comprehension of the ancient Greek language. Intensive reading of ancient Greek texts, with attention to grammar, idiom, translation, etc. Reading of prose or verse authors, depending on the needs of students. Specific offerings vary. Co-listed with AS.040.702.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Latin Poetry
AS.040.308 (01)

The aim of this course is to increase proficiency and improve comprehension of the Latin language. Intensive reading of Latin texts, with close attention to matters of grammar, idiom, and translation. Co-listed with AS.040.710.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Roller, Matthew
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Survey of Latin Literature II: Early Empire to the Post-Classical Period
AS.040.408 (01)

This intensive Latin survey is designed for very advanced undergraduate students (normally those who have completed the regular undergraduate sequence through the advanced level) and PhD students preparing for their Latin translation exam. In this course, the second half of a year-long sequence, we will read substantial texts of major Imperial authors, as well as a selection of works from Late Antiquity and the Post-Classical period. The weekly pace is designed to inculcate greater speed and accuracy in Latin reading and to provide significant coverages of various kinds of texts. Prior completion of AS.040.407 preferred but not required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Roller, Matthew
  • Room: Gilman 108  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History Research Lab: Virtue Politics - from Athens to America
AS.100.450 (05)

What matters most for good government: the quality of its institutions or of its rulers? Since the 16th c., western thought has focused on ‘structural’ concerns like the separation of powers. In his book Virtue Politics, James Hankins suggests that Renaissance humanism offered an alternative. Agnostic about institutions, ‘virtue politics’ cared about the souls of individuals in power. It said that the key to good politics lay in good education of the State’s leaders. This course traces ‘virtue politics’ from roots in Antiquity to ramifications for 1/6/2021 and the Poor People’s Campaign. Readings range widely across the western tradition, focusing especially on Liberal and Radical thought. They end with an evaluation of 20th- and 21st-c. American politics: from pragmatism to Civil Rights, critical pedagogy to Black feminism, fundamentalist evangelism to queer liberation. Participants collaboratively develop a “public engaging project” in lieu of a final exam.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: van den Arend, Alan R (Alan)
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/18
  • PosTag(s): HIST-MIDEST, INST-NWHIST, HIST-US, HIST-EUROPE

The Archaeology of Gender in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean
AS.130.245 (01)

How do art historians and archaeologists recover and study genders and sexualities of ancient people? This writing-intensive seminar looks at texts and objects from ancient Egypt, Assyria, and Greece through the lens of gender and sexuality studies. Beyond exploring concepts of gender in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, students will also consider how modern scholars have approached, recovered, and written about ancient gender identities. There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Taylor, Avary Rhys
  • Room: Gilman 130G  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/8
  • PosTag(s): NEAS-ARTARC, ARCH-ARCH

Introduction To Archaeology
AS.136.101 (01)

An introduction to archaeology and to archaeological method and theory, exploring how archaeologists excavate, analyze, and interpret ancient remains in order to reconstruct how ancient societies functioned. Specific examples from a variety of archaeological projects in different parts of the world will be used to illustrate techniques and principles discussed.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Schwartz, Glenn M
  • Room:    
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/40
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-ARCH

Hellenistic Philosophy
AS.150.403 (01)

A study of later Greek philosophy, stretching roughly from the death of Aristotle to the Roman imperial period. Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics will be the main philosophical schools examined.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room: Gilman 288  
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.001.121 (01)FYS: Socrates and his Intellectual ContextM 2:00PM - 4:00PMBett, Richard 
 
PHIL-ANCIEN, PHIL-ETHICS
AS.010.302 (01)Writing Systems of the Ancient AmericasTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMRossi, Franco (Franco)Gilman 177
 
HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH
AS.010.309 (01)The Idea of AthensMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMStager, Jennifer M SGilman 177
 
HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH
AS.040.106 (01)Elementary Ancient GreekMTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AMStaffGilman 108
 
AS.040.108 (01)Elementary LatinMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMStaffGilman 108
 
AS.040.121 (01)Ancient Greek Mythology: Art, Narratives, and Modern MythmakingTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMYatromanolakis, Dimitrios 
 
AS.040.152 (01)Medical TerminologyMW 8:30AM - 9:45AMSmith, Joshua M 
 
AS.040.206 (01)Intermediate Ancient GreekTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMStaffGilman 108
 
AS.040.208 (01)Intermediate LatinMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMStaffGilman 108
 
AS.040.212 (01)Race Before Race: Ethnic Difference in the Ancient MediterraneanTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMPandey, Nandini (Nandini) 
 
MSCH-HUM
AS.040.216 (01)Exploring the Ancient Astronomical ImaginationMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMni Mheallaigh, Karen (Karen) 
 
AS.040.302 (01)Greek Tragedy: Human Passions and Divine PowerMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMMontiglio, SilviaGilman 108
 
AS.040.306 (01)Advanced Ancient GreekTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMYatromanolakis, DimitriosGilman 108
 
AS.040.308 (01)Advanced Latin PoetryMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMRoller, MatthewGilman 108
 
AS.040.408 (01)Survey of Latin Literature II: Early Empire to the Post-Classical PeriodT 1:30PM - 4:00PMRoller, MatthewGilman 108
 
AS.100.450 (05)History Research Lab: Virtue Politics - from Athens to AmericaTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMvan den Arend, Alan R (Alan) 
 
HIST-MIDEST, INST-NWHIST, HIST-US, HIST-EUROPE
AS.130.245 (01)The Archaeology of Gender in the Ancient Eastern MediterraneanM 3:00PM - 5:30PMTaylor, Avary RhysGilman 130G
 
NEAS-ARTARC, ARCH-ARCH
AS.136.101 (01)Introduction To ArchaeologyTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMSchwartz, Glenn M 
 
ARCH-ARCH
AS.150.403 (01)Hellenistic PhilosophyTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMBett, RichardGilman 288