Undergraduate Courses

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

This course explores writing as both technology and social process. It surveys several Indigenous writing and notational systems of the Americas, focusing in particular on Maya glyphic script. In this class, students will learn to “read” Maya script, interpret complex artistic programs and decipher numbers, dates and names of historical figures. The course will also discuss the ways in which archaeology can inform or unsettle written narratives, with implications for approaching contested histories today.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Rossi, Franco
  • Room:  
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 6/20
  • PosTag(s): HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH

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 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Religion, Music and Society in Ancient Greece
AS.040.126 (01)

Emphasis on ancient Greek ritual, music, religion, and society; and on cultural institutions such as symposia (drinking parties) and festivals.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Antigone's Echoes: Activism and the Law from Ancient Greece to Today
AS.040.214 (01)

Where should the law come from, the individual or the state? What does it mean to apply a law equitably? How can one protest an unjust system? These are just a few questions that Antigone, long considered to be one of the most important dramatic works in the western tradition, has raised for philosophers and playwrights across the centuries. In this class we will read several versions of Sophocles’ Antigone and explore this character’s enduring relevance to theories of gender, performance, world literature, and politics. Dean's Teaching Fellowship course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Warwick, Ryan
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Aristotle
AS.150.402 (01)

A study of major selected texts of Aristotle.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Bett, Richard
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): PHIL-ANCIEN

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: Sedlacek, Connor Alec
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • 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: Wiegers, Yanneck
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/8
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Worlds of Homer
AS.040.348 (01)

Through texts, art, and archaeological remains, this course examines the various worlds of Homer--those recalled in the Iliad and Odyssey, those within which the epics were composed, and those born of the poet's unique creative work. Class will make museum visits. Ancient texts read in translation..

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Anderson, Emily S.K.
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/18
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-ARCH

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: 3.50
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Buckley-Gorman, Richard Nicholas
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Survey of Greek Literature II: Hellenistic Period to Imperial Period
AS.040.418 (01)

We shall read, in the original Greek, major authors of Greek Literature from the Hellenistic period to the Imperial period.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: ni Mheallaigh, Karen
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Science Fiction Before the Modern Era: Exploring the Ancient Scientific
AS.040.114 (01)

Science Fiction has classically been considered a product – and even a hallmark – of the modern world. But this course opens up the world of ancient scientific fictions. From philosophical myth and utopia to the imaginary worlds of fantastical travelogues and novelistic adventures in outer space, these narratives take us deep into the scientific imagination of the ancient Greeks and Romans. We will examine how these invented worlds reflected critically and creatively on aspects of contemporary society, including political and cosmic structures; conflicts between religion and philosophy; death and the after-life; the body, sexuality and technology. We will also examine the influence these fictions had on lunar narratives of the (early) modern period, including Kepler’s Dream and Richard Adams Locke’s great lunar hoax of 1835.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: ni Mheallaigh, Karen
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/50
  • 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 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Smith, Joshua M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/8
  • 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: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Butler, Michael Shane
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate Latin
AS.040.208 (02)

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: Dopico, Juan P
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/8
  • 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 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Smith, Joshua M
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Classics Research Lab: The Baltimore Casts Project
AS.040.426 (01)

Classics Research Lab: The Baltimore Casts Project will continue work begun in Fall 2020 researching a remarkable collection of plaster casts of classical Greek and Roman sculptures, created ca. 1879 for the Peabody Institute’s art gallery. Such cast collections were a highly valued cultural resource in Europe and North America, produced for major museums, academic institutions and wealthy individuals. Because of the technical process of the cast formation, based directly upon the ancient sculptural surface, cast collections brought contact with the actual ancient artifacts into temporally and spatially distant contexts—including the burgeoning urban space of 19th century Baltimore. In Spring 2021, the Lab will continue archival/field research on the cast collection’s context, content, formation, and usage by the people of Baltimore, and its eventual disbanding. We will also begin construction of the virtual exhibition that reassembles the collection’s member objects, charting their biographies and current locations. A major dimension of the lab’s research is contextualizing the casts in Baltimore of the mid 19th to mid-20th centuries, considering different forms of access and restriction to ancient culture that were forming throughout the city and its diverse population, including who truly had access to the cast collection in Mount Vernon, and in which capacities.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Anderson, Emily S.K.
  • Room: Ames 234
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 6/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.010.302 (01)Writing Systems of the Ancient AmericasTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMRossi, Franco HART-ANC, ARCH-ARCH
AS.040.121 (01)Ancient Greek Mythology: Art, Narratives, and Modern MythmakingTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYatromanolakis, Dimitrios 
AS.040.126 (01)Religion, Music and Society in Ancient GreeceTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMYatromanolakis, Dimitrios 
AS.040.214 (01)Antigone's Echoes: Activism and the Law from Ancient Greece to TodayMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMWarwick, Ryan 
AS.150.402 (01)AristotleTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMBett, Richard PHIL-ANCIEN
AS.040.106 (01)Elementary Ancient GreekMTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AMSedlacek, Connor Alec 
AS.040.208 (01)Intermediate LatinMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMWiegers, Yanneck 
AS.040.348 (01)Worlds of HomerW 1:30PM - 4:00PMAnderson, Emily S.K. ARCH-ARCH
AS.040.108 (01)Elementary LatinMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMBuckley-Gorman, Richard Nicholas 
AS.040.418 (01)Survey of Greek Literature II: Hellenistic Period to Imperial PeriodT 1:30PM - 4:00PMni Mheallaigh, Karen 
AS.040.114 (01)Science Fiction Before the Modern Era: Exploring the Ancient ScientificMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMni Mheallaigh, Karen 
AS.040.206 (01)Intermediate Ancient GreekTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMSmith, Joshua M 
AS.040.308 (01)Advanced Latin PoetryTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMButler, Michael Shane 
AS.040.208 (02)Intermediate LatinMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMDopico, Juan P 
AS.040.306 (01)Advanced Ancient GreekTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMSmith, Joshua M 
AS.040.426 (01)Classics Research Lab: The Baltimore Casts ProjectM 1:30PM - 4:00PMAnderson, Emily S.K.Ames 234