Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

Major requirements

1101. Greek Civilization

Three credits. Travis

A survey of classical Greece, with emphasis on literature, thought, and influence on contemporary culture. Taught in English. CA 1.

1102. Roman Civilization

Three credits. Johnson

A survey of classical Rome, with emphasis on literature, thought, and influence on contemporary culture. Taught in English. CA 1.

1103. Classical Mythology

Three credits. Travis

Origin, nature, and function of myth in the literature and art of Greece and Rome and the re-interpretation of classical myth in modern art forms. Taught in English. CA 1.

1121-1122. Elementary Latin I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Latin in high school, except with Departmental consent.

A study of the essentials of Latin grammar designed to prepare the student to read simple classical Latin prose.

1123-1124. Intermediate Latin I and II

Three credits each semester. Prerequisite: CAMS 1122 or two years of Latin in high school.

Review of the essentials of grammar. Reading of classical Latin prose and poetry with emphasis on Cicero and Ovid or Vergil.

1171. Intensive Elementary Ancient Greek

Four credits. Four class periods. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Greek in high school, except with departmental consent.

Intensive introduction to ancient Greek. Basic morphology, syntax, and vocabulary through simple readings from the New Testament.

1172. Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek

Four credits. Four class periods. Prerequisite: CAMS 1171 or instructor consent.

Transition to classical Greek through selections from Xenophon, reading of Plato’s “Apology” complete.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student’s departure.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3101. Topics in Advanced Greek

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: CAMS 1172. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Involves reading in Greek.

Reading of Ancient Greek texts in the original.

3102. Topics in Advanced Latin

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: CAMS 1124 or three or more years of Latin in high school. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Involves reading in Latin.

Reading of Latin texts in the original.

3207. Greek Philosophical Writings

Three credits.

Selections from Plato and Aristotle.

3208. Homer

Three credits.

Selections from the Iliad or Odyssey. Taught in English.

3211. Greek Drama

Three credits.

Selected plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.

3212. Greek Historical Writings

Three credits.

Selections from Herodotus and Thucydides.

3213. Ovid and Mythology

Three credits.

Selections from Ovid, mainly from the Metamorphoses, and a study of the myths of Greece and Rome.

3221. Survey of Classical Latin Literature

Three credits.

Extensive reading of a relatively wide range of authors of representative classical Latin prose and poetry.

3224. Vergil and the Roman Epic

Three credits.

Books VII-XII of the Aeneid and a study of the relation of the Aeneid to earlier Greek epic and to the later epic tradition.

3225. Latin Drama

Three credits.

Selected plays of Plautus, Terence, and Seneca, with lectures on Roman theatre and the development of drama.

3226. Latin Lyric Poetry

Three credits.

Selections from the lyrics of Horace and Catullus, with lectures on metrical patterns and the influence of Greek lyrics.

3227. Latin Historical Prose

Three credits.

Selections from Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus.

3232. Medieval Latin

Three credits. Prerequisite: CAMS 1124, or three or more years of Latin in high school. Taught in Latin.

Reading of texts from a number of periods and in a variety of styles, with consideration of morphological, syntactical, and semantic developments.

3241W. Greek and Roman Epic

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: CAMS 1101 or 1102 or 1103.

A study of classical epic, with special emphasis on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid, but including also other examples of the genre. Oral and literary epic, their social and political contexts, and the influence of classical epic on later literature. Taught in English.

3242W. Greek and Roman Drama

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: CAMS 1101 or 1102 or 1103.

Selected plays from the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, and Seneca. The origin and development of Greek drama, its transformation in the Roman period, and the influence of classical drama on later literature. Taught in English.

3243. World of Late Antiquity

(Also offered as HIST 3340.) Three credits.

The profound social and cultural changes that redefined the cities, the frontiers, and the economies of the classical world and led to the Middle Ages. Developments in the eastern and western Mediterranean lands between the second and seventh centuries, including: Neo-Platonism, the spread of Christianity, Rabbinic Judaism, and Islam.

3244. Ancient Fictions

Three credits. Johnson

Examines a range of novels and other fictions from the Greco-Roman world. Works read will include the Greek sentimental novels, the satirical Roman novels of Petronius and Apuleius, and a variety of other pagan, Jewish, and Christian fictions. Taught in English.

3245. The Ancient World in Cinema

Three credits.

Representations of the ancient Mediterranean world in contemporary cinema.

3246. Hellenistic World

Three credits. Johnson

The Eastern Mediterranean (the Greek east) from Alexander to Cleopatra (336-30 BCE), including historical, cultural, social, and religious developments.

3250. The Early Christian Church

(Also offered as HIST 3335.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: HIST 3325/CAMS 3255 or HIST 3330/CAMS 3256. Caner

The evolution of Christian institutions, leadership and doctrines in the Roman Empire ca. 50-451 C.E. Topics may include Gnosticism, prophecy, martyrdom, asceticism, pilgrimage, heresy, orthodoxy. Taught in English.

3251. Greek Art

(Also offered as ARTH 3140.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher.

Greek art and architecture from the ninth century B.C. to the first-century A.D.

3253. Ancient Near East

(Also offered as HIST 3301.) Three credits. Miller

The history of Near Eastern civilization from the Neolithic period to the Persian Empire. The birth of civilization in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The political, economic, social, and cultural achievements of ancient Near-Eastern peoples. Taught in English.

3254. Ancient Greece

(Also offered as HIST 3320.) Three credits.

The history of Greece from Minoan and Mycenaean times into the Hellenistic period with special emphasis on the Fifth Century and the Golden Age of Athens. Taught in English.

3255. Ancient Rome

(Also offered as HIST 3325.) Three credits.

From the beginning of Rome to the reign of Justinian. The growth of the Roman Republic and Empire. Roman civilization and its influence upon later history. Taught in English.

3256. Palestine under the Greeks and Romans

(Also offered as HEJS 3218 and HIST 3330.) Three credits. Prerequisite: CAMS 1101 or 1102 or CAMS 3253/HIST 3301 or HIST 3320 or 3325 or INTD 3260 or HEJS 1103 or HEJS 3202 or instructor consent. Miller

The political, historical and religious currents in Greco-Roman Palestine. Includes the Jewish Revolts, sectarian developments, the rise of Christianity and the Talmudic academies. Taught in English.

3256W. Palestine Under the Greeks and Romans

(Also offered as HEJS 3218W and HIST 3330W). Three credits. Prerequisite: CAMS 1101 or 1102 or CAMS 3253/HIST 3301 or HIST 3320 or 3325 or INTD 3260 or HEJS 1103 or HEJS 3202 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Miller

3257. Ancient Philosophy

(Also offered as PHIL 2221.) Three credits. Prerequisite: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107.

Greek philosophy from its origin in the Pre-Socratics through its influence on early Christianity. Readings from the works of Plato and Aristotle. Taught in English.

3293. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3298. Variable Topics

Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

4096W. Senior Thesis in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only with consent of instructor; twelve credits in CAMS at the 2000-level or above, three of which may be taken concurrently. Independent study authorization form required.

 

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