Modern Greek Studies*

*Modern Greek Studies is offered exclusively as a concentration.

Departmental Office: 617 Hamilton; 212-854-3902; classics@columbia.edu
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/classics/

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Classics): Prof. Katharina Volk; 212-854-5683; kv2018@columbia.edu 

Director of Undergraduate Studies (Modern Greek Studies): Prof. Nikolas Kakkoufa; 212-854-3902; nk2776@columbia.edu

Director of Academic Administration and Finance: Juliana Driever; 212-854-2726; jd2185@columbia.edu

When one visits Rome or Athens, they also visit the many layers of physical, historical, and cultural development that have contributed to the complex evolution of those cities. When one tours the Roman Forum or the Greek Parthenon, they set foot on monuments whose physical impressiveness symbolizes political strength and historical importance; in a very physical way they experience the past. When one studies Latin and Greek language and culture, they embark on a tour of an alternative kind, making their way through texts and other cultural forms—such as paintings, sculptures, and philosophical ideas—that bring them directly into contact with the Greco-Roman past. Literature, philosophy, history, art and architecture, linguistics, papyrology, religion: all (and more) are branches of investigation to which the modern student of classics/classical studies has access through the surviving literary and material evidence.

But when one studies in the original language Virgil's Aeneid, say, or Plato's philosophical writings, they find that ancient Greek or Latin literature deals with issues and ideas that are, for us, of central contemporary importance: e.g., How can I be happy? What is the best political constitution for our (or any) state? What responsibilities do I have to the society in which I live? What national significance is served or owed by literature?

The study of Greek and Latin language and culture concentrates in one main area (ancient Greece and Rome) and on many of the questions that are of direct pertinence to the ways in which modern lives are shaped and lived; at the same time, Greco-Roman literature and philosophy, so fundamental to the later development of the Western tradition, boast works of great intrinsic worth and interest. While all Columbia students get an introduction to classical texts in Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilization, classics/classical studies provides a more advanced study of ancient cultural issues and habits of mind already sampled in the Core.

Study abroad in Greece or Italy offers a variety of educational experiences that are continuous with those of the major, enriching both linguistic expertise and cultural awareness. Students in classics have the opportunity to take part in archaeological digs abroad and, on occasion, to assist faculty in research projects that require, for example, bibliographical collection or the checking of research data.

Many majors pursue graduate study in classics and classical studies. Upon earning their graduate degrees, they often embark on teaching careers in universities, colleges, and high schools. Many graduating majors also enter a number of other professional fields, among them law, banking, accountancy, publishing, and museum-work. Employers tend to find that students in classics are articulate on paper, as well as orally; are organized of mind; and have good skills in general reasoning, an ability developed by the study of Greek and Latin language. In effect, the study of classics opens up a wide array of options, both in education and in the wider world.

The program of the department aims for a comprehensive understanding of classical literature and culture, and the mastery of Greek and Latin on which such understanding depends. Careful study of the language occupies the largest part of the first-year courses and is not omitted in the more advanced courses. Although literature becomes the chief subject only in the advanced courses, important authors like Homer, Plato, and Virgil are studied as literary texts already in the intermediate courses. A wide variety of courses are offered in translation.

Through a joint program with Barnard, the department offers a broad range of subjects. The department annually offers four advanced courses in each language (at the 3000- or 4000- level), the content of which changes each year in order to provide a curricular range and to balance authors and genres over a two-year period.

Opportunities for individual projects of reading and research are available. Students are also permitted to take graduate courses if they are sufficiently prepared. Additionally, they can supplement their studies within the department through work in other departments, such as art history and archaeology, history, philosophy, and the other departments of languages and literature.

It is not necessary to have previously studied either language in order to major in it. A student starting Greek or Latin at Columbia can meet all the requirements of a major within an ordinary undergraduate program.

In Fulfillment of the Language Requirement

Students beginning the study of Greek or Latin at Columbia must take four terms of either of the following two-year sequences:

Greek
GREK UN1101
 - GREK UN1102
Elementary Greek I
and Elementary Greek II
GREK UN2101
 - GREK UN2102
Intermediate Greek I Attic Prose
and Intermediate Greek II: Homer
Latin
LATN UN1101
 - LATN UN1102
Elementary Latin I
and Elementary Latin II
LATN UN2101
 - LATN UN2102
Intermediate Latin I
and Intermediate Latin II

With the permission of the director of undergraduate studies, GREK UN2102 Intermediate Greek II: Homer may be taken before GREK UN2101 Intermediate Greek I Attic Prose.

The intensive elementary courses GREK UN1121 Intensive Elementary Greek and LATN UN1121 Intensive Elementary Latin may be substituted for the two-term UN1101-UN1102 sequence. The intensive intermediate courses GREK S1221 Intensive Intermediate Greek and LATN S1221 Intensive Intermediate Latin may be substituted for the two-term UN2101-UN2102 sequence.

LATN UN2101 Intermediate Latin I should be taken before LATN UN2102 Intermediate Latin II.

For students with secondary-school training in Greek or Latin, the director of undergraduate studies determines, on the basis of records and test scores, what further work is needed to fulfill the language requirement.

Advanced Placement

The department grants 3 credits for a score of 5 on the Latin AP exam, which also satisfies the foreign language requirement, upon successful completion (with a grade of B or higher) of a Latin class at the 3000-level or higher.

Major Program

The department offers a major in classics and a major track in classical studies. The major in classics involves the intensive study of both Greek and Latin, as well as their cultural matrix; the track in classical studies offers a more interdisciplinary approach. The major in classics is recommended for students planning to continue the study of classics in graduate school. The department also participates in the interdepartmental ancient studies program and offers a concentration in classics; these are all described below.

The major in classics and the track in classical studies are designed in part to build on the experience of the ancient world that undergraduates have acquired at Columbia in the Core Curriculum (especially in Literature Humanities). The major in classics is structured on the principle of gradual and closely monitored linguistic progress from the elementary (1100-level) to the advanced (3000- and 4000-levels) and ultimately to the literature survey courses (GU4105-GU4106) in Greek and/or Latin.

Those majors intending to embark on graduate study in classics are especially encouraged to undertake, in their senior year, an independent research project (UN3998). This option is designed to allow students to personalize their experience in the major by conducting advanced study in a specialized area under the guidance of the specializing faculty member of their choice.

UN3998 is required in the classical studies track. Otherwise, students in classical studies are not required to take advanced courses beyond UN3996 The Major Seminar, but are expected to follow a coherent plan of study by taking a sequence of cognate courses in different but related departments (e.g., art history and archaeology, history, etc.).

The director of undergraduate studies is responsible for overseeing the path of study followed by each student in classics or classical studies. Through close interaction with the director of undergraduate studies, as well as with other faculty members where appropriate, each major is strongly encouraged to debate the strengths and weaknesses of his or her own trajectory of study even as the requirements for the major are being completed.

Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies with any questions about the classics majors and course offerings. The director of undergraduate studies can provide students with a worksheet to help in planning their progress toward major requirements.

Professors

  • Kathy Eden
  • Marco Fantuzzi
  • Helene P. Foley (Barnard)
  • Carmela V. Franklin
  • Stathis Gourgouris
  • John Ma
  • Kristina Milnor (Barnard)
  • Seth R. Schwartz
  • Deborah T. Steiner (Chair)
  • Karen Van Dyck
  • Katharina Volk
  • Gareth D. Williams
  • Nancy Worman (Barnard)
  • James E. G. Zetzel

Associate Professors

  • Marcus Folch
  • Elizabeth Irwin
  • Ellen Morris (Barnard)

Assistant Professors

  • Joseph Howley

Lecturers

  • Maria Hadjipolycarpou
  • Collomia Charles
  • Elizabeth Scharffenberger

Major in Classics

The major in classics involves a program in both Greek and Latin languages and literatures, and in Greek and Roman civilization. Students generally emphasize the study of one of the languages (the primary language), but significant study of the other (secondary) language is required as well.

The major requires the completion of 11 courses (a minimum of 34 points) and must include the following:

  1. In a primary language:
    • Four courses at or above the UN2100-level;
    • The Major Seminar UN3996;
    • Two courses from the following four advanced options: GU4105, GU4106, GU4139, UN3998 (any others may count toward the four upper level requirement).
  2. In a secondary language:
    • Two courses at or above the UN2100-level.
  3. Two ancient culture courses, including:
    • One course in the culture of the primary language;
    • One course in any aspect of ancient history or culture (HIST, AHIS, PHIL, CLLT, CLCV). All substitutions must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

The classical languages follow a standard track of elementary (1100-level) and intermediate (2100-level) levels, followed by 3000- and 4000-level classes that may generally be taken in any order.

Although it is easier to complete the major if at least one classical language is begun no later than the first year, it is possible to begin one classical language in the sophomore year and the other in the junior year and still complete the major.

Those planning to go on to graduate study in classics are urged to take both terms of GU4105-GU4106 if possible, to write a senior research thesis, and to acquire a reading knowledge of German and preferably also of French (Italian is also useful).

To be eligible for departmental honors and prizes, students must take UN3998.


Major Track in Classical Studies

The major track in classical studies requires the completion of 11 courses (a minimum of 35 points) and must include the following:

  1. Five courses, at or above the UN1102-level, in either or both Latin and Greek;
  2. The Major Seminar UN3996;
  3. Four classes in Ancient History, Art, Philosophy, Religion, and Civilization. Note that certain courses may be 6 credits, e.g., ICCS's City of Rome course, and may count as two courses towards this requirement. Students in doubt about a course's relevance should confirm it with the director of undergraduate studies as soon as possible;
  4. Senior Thesis UN3998, completed on a chosen aspect of Greek or Roman civilization under the direction of a faculty member (3 points).

Summer courses 1221/1221 are counted as four credits for the purposes of major requirements.


Major in Ancient Studies

Students interested in a major in ancient studies should see the Ancient Studies section in this Bulletin.

Students interested in a major in ancient studies should see the Ancient Studies section in this Bulletin.


Concentration in Classics

The requirements for this program were modified on September 19, 2014. Students who declared this program before this date should contact the director of undergraduate studies for the department in order to confirm their correct course of study.

The concentration in classics is designed for those who cannot fit the complete major into their undergraduate schedule, but still wish to take a substantial program in Greek and Latin.

The concentration requires the completion of seven courses (a minimum of 21 points) and must include the following:

  1. In a primary language, six courses distributed as follows:
    • Five courses above the 1100-level, three of which must be 3000- or 4000-level;
    • One course from the following three advanced options: GU4105, GU4106, GU4139.
  2. One course in Ancient History or Classical Civilization (3 points).

Special Concentration in Hellenic Studies

The courses in the Hellenic Studies program are designed to develop the student’s proficiency in aspects of Modern Greek culture, language, and history. The minimum credit requirement for the Hellenic Studies Concentration is 21 credits and includes:

1. Modern Greek language and culture courses (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, Conversation I & II, Reading in Greek; minimum 8 credits). Students will work with undergraduate advisor to determine their level of the language, 2. Modern Greek Studies interdepartmental courses (CLGM, CSGM, HSGM; minimum 12 credits).  The program of study should be planned as early as possible with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies each semester in order to obtain program approval. Opportunities exist for study abroad in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey for the summer or an academic term for credit. Students work closely with the concentration advisor on the selection of the foreign schools and the transfer of credit.

Students may also wish to write a Senior Thesis which will substitute one Modern Greek Studies interdepartmental seminar. While not required for graduation, the thesis enables a student to be considered for departmental honors. It is advisable to begin planning for the thesis during the student’s junior year. Interested students should identify a potential faculty advisor.

Latin

LATN UN1101 Elementary Latin I. 4 points.

For students who have never studied Latin. An intensive study of grammar with reading of simple prose and poetry.

Spring 2017: LATN UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 1101 001/71977 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Caitlin Gillespie 4 9/20
Fall 2017: LATN UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 1101 001/19945 M W F 8:40am - 9:55am
616 Hamilton Hall
Caleb Simone 4 7/18
LATN 1101 002/23245 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Tal Ardon Ish Shalom 4 6/18

LATN UN1102 Elementary Latin II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: LATN UN1101.

A continuation of LATN UN1101, including a review of grammar and syntax for students whose study of Latin has been interrupted.

Spring 2017: LATN UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 1102 001/65088 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
609 Hamilton Hall
Yujhan Claros 4 8/20
LATN 1102 002/63734 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Sarah Kaczor 4 13/20
Fall 2017: LATN UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 1102 001/75011 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Carina de Klerk 4 4/18

LATN UN1121 Intensive Elementary Latin. 4 points.

Designed to cover all of Latin grammar and syntax in one semester in order to prepare the student to enter LATN UN2101 or un2102.

Fall 2017: LATN UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 1121 001/29919 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Kate Brassel 4 9/18

LATN UN2101 Intermediate Latin I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: LATN UN1101-UN1102, or LATN UN1121, or the equivalent.

Selections from Catullus and from Cicero or Caesar.

Spring 2017: LATN UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 2101 001/70871 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Joe Sheppard 4 10/25
Fall 2017: LATN UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 2101 001/21699 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
616 Hamilton Hall
Carmela Franklin 4 7/18
LATN 2101 002/11649 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Deborah Sokolowski 4 18/18

LATN UN2102 Intermediate Latin II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: LATN UN2101 or the equivalent.

Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses and from Sallust, Livy, Seneca, or Pliny.

Spring 2017: LATN UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 2102 001/07304 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
118 Barnard Hall
Joshua Fincher 4 5/25
LATN 2102 002/75427 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Jeremy Simmons 4 19/25
Fall 2017: LATN UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 2102 003/82550 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Tristan Power 4 8/18

LATN UN3012 Augustan Poetry. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1202 or the equivalent.

Selections from Vergil and Horace. Combines literary analysis with work in grammar and metrics.

Fall 2017: LATN UN3012
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3012 001/70940 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
834 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Darcy Krasne 3 13/30

LATN UN3033 Medieval Language and Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: four semesters of college Latin or the instructor's permission.

This survey focuses on translation, grammatical analysis, and discussion of the literary and cultural contexts of medieval Latin prose and poetry. It includes widely read texts by major authors (e.g. Augustin, Boethius, Abelard and Heloise, Bernard of Clairvaux, Petrarch) as well as lesser-known anonymous pieces (e.g. love lyric from the Cambridge Songs and the Carmina Burana, poetic satire from a rotulus, and a novel, the Historia Apollonii).

Fall 2017: LATN UN3033
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3033 001/74193 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Carmela Franklin 3 10/20

LATN UN3035 Poetry as Neurosis: Lucan’s Bellum Civile. 3 points.

This course is an intensive study of Lucan’s revolutionary and enigmatic Bellum Civile, the epic masterpiece of the Neronian age, which was admired and imitated all through the history of Western culture by authors such as Dante, Montaigne, Milton, Voltaire, Goethe, Shelley, and Baudelaire among others. The course will examine major controversies concerning the form and meaning of the poem, with special emphasis on the poetic tension created by the narrator’s neurotic personality. The narration of the 49 BCE civil war between Caesar and Pompey is for Lucan the pretext for an original and intensely personal reflection on themes such as political oppression, the role of the individual in society, nihilism, self-destructiveness, mental disorder, and artistic creation. The poem will be analyzed from various critical perspectives that include rhetoric, intertextuality, deconstruction, reception theory, and psychoanalysis; no previous knowledge of any of these methodologies is required. Although an acceptable knowledge of Latin (intermediate or above) is assumed, the primary focus of this course is literary and sociological interpretation rather than linguistic competence. In addition to the Latin reading assignments, the poem will also be read entirely in English translation, allowing students to comprehend the whole while they engage with particular sections in the original language. The assignment for each class will include: (1) approximately five hundred lines to be read in English translation; (2) translation of short Latin passages, whose size may be adapted to the level of the class/student; (3) secondary readings.

Spring 2017: LATN UN3035
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3035 001/83456 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Elia Ruben Rudoni 3 15/15

LATN UN3309 LATIN LITERATURE SELECTIONS. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1202 or the equivalent.

Since the content of this course changes from year to year, it may be repeated for credit.

Fall 2017: LATN UN3309
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3309 001/26711 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
613 Hamilton Hall
Darcy Krasne 3 11/20

LATN UN3310 Selections from Latin Literature: Roman Britain. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN UN2102 or the equivalent.

Since the content of this course changes from year to year, it may be repeated for credit.

Spring 2017: LATN UN3310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3310 001/13903 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
Caitlin Gillespie 3 16/25

LATN V3320 Intensive Reading Course. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V1201-V1202 or the equivalent.

This course is limited to students in the Postbaccalaureate program. The intensive reading of a series of Latin texts, both prose and verse, with special emphasis on detailed stylistic and grammatical analysis of the language.

LATN UN3980 Post-Baccalaureate Seminar. 3 points.

Open only to students enrolled in the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics.

This seminar aims to provide students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program with opportunities 1) to (re-)familiarize themselves with a selection of major texts from classical antiquity, which will be read in English, 2) to become acquainted with scholarship on these texts and with scholarly writing in general, 3) to write analytically about these texts and the interpretations posed about them in contemporary scholarship, and 4) to read in the original language selected passages of one of the texts in small tutorial groups, which will meet every week for an additional hour with members of the faculty.

Fall 2017: LATN UN3980
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3980 001/15723 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 0/15

LATN UN3996 The Major Seminar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: junior standing.

Required for all majors in Classics and Classical Studies. The topic changes from year to year but is always broad enough to accommodate students in the languages as well as those in the interdisciplinary major. Past topics include: love, dining, slavery, space, power.

Fall 2017: LATN UN3996
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3996 001/28281 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Marcus Folch 3 11/20

LATN UN3997 Directed Readings in Latin Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

A program of reading in Latin literature, to be tested by a series of short papers, one long paper, or an oral or written examination.

Spring 2017: LATN UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3997 001/60596  
Kathy Eden 3 0
LATN 3997 002/76412  
Carmela Franklin 3 0
LATN 3997 003/26559  
Joseph Howley 3 0
LATN 3997 004/11298  
Gareth Williams 3 3
LATN 3997 005/75929  
James Zetzel 3 0
LATN 3997 006/05680  
Ellen Morris 3 0
LATN 3997 011/01489  
Kristina Milnor 3 0
Fall 2017: LATN UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3997 001/11509  
Carmela Franklin 3 1
LATN 3997 002/61687  
Kathy Eden 3 0
LATN 3997 003/15673  
Katharina Volk 3 1
LATN 3997 004/07235  
Ellen Morris 3 0
LATN 3997 005/01887  
Kristina Milnor 3 1

LATN UN3998 Supervised Research in Latin Literature. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

A program of research in Latin literature. Research paper required.

Spring 2017: LATN UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3998 001/20827  
Kathy Eden 3 0
LATN 3998 002/21050  
Carmela Franklin 3 0
LATN 3998 003/23733  
Joseph Howley 3 1
LATN 3998 004/10318  
Gareth Williams 3 1
LATN 3998 005/23747  
James Zetzel 3 0
LATN 3998 006/09402  
Ellen Morris 3 0
LATN 3998 011/03189  
Kristina Milnor 3 0
Fall 2017: LATN UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 3998 001/25766  
Kathy Eden 3 0
LATN 3998 002/26664  
Katharina Volk 3 0
LATN 3998 003/66727  
Carmela Franklin 3 0
LATN 3998 004/04392  
Ellen Morris 3 0
LATN 3998 005/04109  
Kristina Milnor 3 0

LATN GU4009 Tacitus: Writing Autocracy. 3 points.

Prerequisites: LATN V3012 or the equivalent.

Since the content of this course changes from year to year, it may be repeated for credit.

Fall 2017: LATN GU4009
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 4009 001/10929 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
424 Kent Hall
Katharina Volk 3 10/20

LATN GU4105 Latin Literature of the Republic. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two terms of Latin at the 3000-level or higher.

Latin literature from the beginning to early Augustan times.

Fall 2017: LATN GU4105
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 4105 001/77491 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
318 Hamilton Hall
Katharina Volk 4 15/20

LATN GU4106 Latin Literature of the Empire. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two terms of Latin at the 3000-level or higher.

Latin literature from Augustus to 600 C.E.

Spring 2017: LATN GU4106
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LATN 4106 001/86098 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Gareth Williams 4 11

LATN GU4139 Elements of Prose Style. 3 points.

Prerequisites: at least four semesters of Latin, or the equivalent.

Intensive review of Latin syntax with translation of English sentences and paragraphs into Latin.

Greek

GREK UN1101 Elementary Greek I. 4 points.

For students who have never studied Greek. An intensive study of grammar with reading and writing of simple Attic prose.

Spring 2017: GREK UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 1101 001/21474 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Vinck 4 5/18
Fall 2017: GREK UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 1101 001/60939 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Paraskevi Martzavou 4 8/18
GREK 1101 002/65967 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Heintges 4 8/18

GREK UN1102 Elementary Greek II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1101 or the equivalent, or the instructor or the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

Continuation of grammar study begun in GREK V1101; selections from Attic prose.

Spring 2017: GREK UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 1102 001/28819 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408 Hamilton Hall
Paraskevi Martzavou 4 3/18
GREK 1102 002/61142 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Maria Combatti 4 3/18
Fall 2017: GREK UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 1102 001/66730 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
408 Hamilton Hall
Maria Dimitropoulos 4 2/18

GREK UN1121 Intensive Elementary Greek. 4 points.

Covers all of Greek grammar and syntax in one term. Prepares the student to enter second-year Greek (GREK V1201 or V1202).

Spring 2017: GREK UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 1121 001/68187 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
404 Hamilton Hall
Carina de Klerk 4 4/18
Fall 2017: GREK UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 1121 001/23147 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Stephanie Melvin 4 8/18

GREK V1201 Intermediate Greek I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1101-1102 or the equivalent.

Selections from Attic prose.

GREK V1202 Intermediate Greek II: Homer. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1101-V1102 or GREK V1121 or the equivalent.

Detailed grammatical and literary study of several books of the Iliad and introduction to the techniques or oral poetry, to the Homeric hexameter, and to the historical background of Homer.

GREK UN2101 Intermediate Greek I Attic Prose. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1101-1102 or the equivalent.

Selections from Attic prose.

Spring 2017: GREK UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 2101 001/67599 M W F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Isaia Crosson 4 11/18
Fall 2017: GREK UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 2101 001/73500 M W F 11:40am - 12:55pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Jesse James 4 7/18

GREK UN2102 Intermediate Greek II: Homer. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1101-V1102 or GREK V1121 or the equivalent.

Detailed grammatical and literary study of several books of the Iliad and introduction to the techniques or oral poetry, to the Homeric hexameter, and to the historical background of Homer.

Spring 2017: GREK UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 2102 001/03655 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Barnard Hall
Joshua Fincher 4 9
Fall 2017: GREK UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 2102 001/93047 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
617b Hamilton Hall
Deborah Steiner 4 11/18

GREK V3015 Philo of Alexandria: Historical Essays and the Contemplative Life. 0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We will read in the original language selections from three treatises -- In Flaccum, Legatio ad Gaium, and De Vita Contemplativa -- of Philo of Alexandria; aside from their importance as Imperial Greek texts, these essays provide essential and very rare evidence for the environment (early Imperial Alexandria) and thought of their author.

GREK UN3309 Imperial Prose. 3 points.

Since the content of this course changes from year to year, it may be repeated for credit.

Fall 2017: GREK UN3309
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3309 001/07460 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Helene Foley 3 12

GREK UN3310 Selections from Greek Literature II: Homer & Hesiod. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1201-V1202 or the equivalent.

Since the content of this course changes from year to year, it may be repeated for credit.

Spring 2017: GREK UN3310
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3310 001/20843 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
617b Hamilton Hall
Deborah Steiner 3 8/25

GREK V3320 Intensive Reading Course. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1201-V1202 or the equivalent.

This course is limited to students in the Postbaccalaureate program. The intensive reading of a series of Greek texts, both prose and verse, with special emphasis on detailed stylistic and grammatical analysis of the language.

GREK UN3980 The Post-Baccalaureate Seminar. 3 points.

Open only to students enrolled in the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Classics.

This seminar aims to provide students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program with opportunities 1) to (re-)familiarize themselves with a selection of major texts from classical antiquity, which will be read in English, 2) to become acquainted with scholarship on these texts and with scholarly writing in general, 3) to write analytically about these texts and the interpretations posed about them in contemporary scholarship, and 4) to read in the original language selected passages of one of the texts in small tutorial groups, which will meet every week for an additional hour with members of the faculty.

Fall 2017: GREK UN3980
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3980 001/14636 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
617b Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 3/15

GREK UN3996 The Major Seminar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: junior standing.

Required for all majors in classics and classical studies. The topic changes from year to year, but is always broad enough to accommodate students in the languages as well as those in the interdisciplinary major. Past topics include: love, dining, slavery, space, power.

Fall 2017: GREK UN3996
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3996 001/68378 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Marcus Folch 3 3/20

GREK UN3997 Directed Readings. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

A program of reading in Greek literature, to be tested by a series of short papers, one long paper, or an oral or written examination.

Spring 2017: GREK UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3997 001/74557  
Elizabeth Irwin 3 0
GREK 3997 002/62165  
John Ma 3 0
GREK 3997 003/12831  
Paraskevi Martzavou 3 0
GREK 3997 004/63739  
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 2
GREK 3997 005/19053  
Seth Schwartz 3 0
GREK 3997 006/05419  
Ellen Morris 3 0
GREK 3997 013/09443  
Helene Foley 3 0
Fall 2017: GREK UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3997 001/72869  
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 0
GREK 3997 002/29598  
Seth Schwartz 3 0
GREK 3997 003/28166  
Deborah Steiner 3 0
GREK 3997 004/73216  
Marcus Folch 3 0
GREK 3997 005/74983  
Paraskevi Martzavou 3 0
GREK 3997 006/04456  
Helene Foley 3 0
GREK 3997 007/04700  
Nancy Worman 3 0
GREK 3997 008/07842  
Ellen Morris 3 0

GREK UN3998 Supervised Research. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the director of undergraduate studies' permission.

A program of research in Greek literature. Research paper required.

Spring 2017: GREK UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3998 001/77288  
Elizabeth Irwin 3 0
GREK 3998 002/63490  
John Ma 3 3
GREK 3998 003/17808  
Paraskevi Martzavou 3 0
GREK 3998 004/71294  
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 0
GREK 3998 005/61513  
Seth Schwartz 3 0
GREK 3998 006/07260  
Ellen Morris 3 0
GREK 3998 007/26553  
Joseph Howley 3 1
GREK 3998 013/05025  
Helene Foley 3 1
GREK 3998 014/02571  
Nancy Worman 3 1
Fall 2017: GREK UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 3998 001/23131  
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 0
GREK 3998 002/71341  
Seth Schwartz 3 0
GREK 3998 003/72302  
Paraskevi Martzavou 3 0
GREK 3998 004/10251  
Deborah Steiner 3 0
GREK 3998 005/12762  
Marcus Folch 3 0
GREK 3998 006/01118  
Helene Foley 3 0
GREK 3998 007/05966  
Nancy Worman 3 0
GREK 3998 008/01683  
Ellen Morris 3 0

GREK W4006 Thucydides. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: GREK V1201 and V1202, or their equivalent.

A close reading of Thucydides Book 2, with consideration of its function in the history as a whole.

GREK GU4009 Sophocles & Aristophanes. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1201 and V1202, or their equivalent.

Since the content of the course changes from year to year, it may be taken in consecutive years.

Fall 2017: GREK GU4009
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 4009 001/15300 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
707 Hamilton Hall
Marcus Folch 3 7/20

GREK GU4010 Selections from Greek Literature: Thucydides. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GREK V1201-V1202 or the equivalent.

Since the content of this course changes each year, it may be repeated for credit.

Spring 2017: GREK GU4010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 4010 001/62749 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
405 Fayerweather
Seth Schwartz 3 2

GREK W4020 Josephus on Siege and Triumph. 4 points.

Prerequisites: appropriate level of Greek.

The main goal of this course is to read books 6 and 7 of Josephus's Jewish War, in particular the sections on the siege and destruction of Jerusalem and the Roman triumph.  We will be using the text of Benedikt Niese, Flavii Iosephi Opera, Berlin: Weidmann, 1885-1897 (repr. 1955), which is helpfully reproduced with minor alterations in the Loeb Classical Library edition.  Everyone is required to prepare the assigned portion of Greek text for each class; in addition, there will be (depending on the size of the class) several short writing assignments or in-class presentations featuring analysis of a section of the text, and a final paper.

GREK GU4105 History of Greek Literature I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two terms of Greek at the 3000-level or higher.

Readings in Greek literature from Homer to the 4th century B.C.

Fall 2017: GREK GU4105
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 4105 001/72904 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
617b Hamilton Hall
Deborah Steiner 4 7/15

GREK GU4106 History of Greek Literature II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two terms of Greek at the 3000-level or higher.

Greek literature of the 4th century B.C. and of the Hellenistic and Imperial Ages.

Spring 2017: GREK GU4106
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 4106 001/73046 T Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
114 Knox Hall
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 4 7

GREK W4108 History of the Greek and Latin Languages. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Explores the reasons behind the grammatical structures of classical Greek and Latin, based on examination of earlier forms of the languages and on comparison with related languages. The techniques and principles of historical linguistics will also be examined.

GREK GU4139 Elements of Prose Style. 3 points.

Prerequisites: at least four terms of Greek, or the equivalent.

An intensive review of Greek syntax with translation of English sentences and paragraphs into Attic Greek.

Spring 2017: GREK GU4139
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GREK 4139 001/92047 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Scharffenberger 3 9

GREK W4140 Greek Stylistics. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: GREK W 4139 or the equivalent.

The study of the development of Greek prose style through practice in composition.

GREK W4150 The Greek Language. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Introduction to the phonology and morphology of the Greek language; study of vowels and consonants, noun and verb formation, and characteristics of the Greek dialects, in light of the relation of Greek to Proto-Indo-European and the comparison of Greek forms to other PIE (Proto-Indo-European) languages, demonstrating how the comparative method in historical linguistics accounts for the evolution of the Greek language.

GREK W4210 Topics in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: before taking this course, it is encouraged that you read Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics and Plato's Protagoras in English.

The course will be devoted to reading Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in ancient Greek and discussions will focus on concepts found therein.

GREK W8241 Aeschylus' Oresteia. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Intensive study of the Agamemnon and passages from the remaining plays in the trilogy. Major problems in the study of Aeschylean drama. 

Classical Civilization

CLCV V3006 Roman Religion. 3 points.

Ancient Romans sacrificed animals to their gods (in ways not for the faint of heart) and scrutinized chickens as they pecked at food in order to ascertain the gods' will (with occasionally hilarious results). This course will introduce students to the religious life of ancient Rome as it expanded from city-state to Mediterranean empire. In our study of the rich but complex source material -- literary, epigraphic, archaeological, and numismatic -- we will address questions of practice and belief (did the Romans really believe in a goddess of mowing?), method (how do we relate all the bits and scraps of evidence together?), and reception (how has the concept of 'Roman religion' been formulated and studied over the centuries?) Students will study the history of religious activity in the Roman Republic and Empire (6th c. BCE-5th c. CE).

CLCV UN3101 The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Nubia. 3 points.

Thanks to the pyramids of Giza, the treasure of Tutankhamun, and other remains of royal activity, pharaonic Egypt is justly famous for its monuments and material culture. Equally fascinating, if less well known, however, are the towns, fortresses, cultic centers, domestic spaces, and non-elite cemeteries that have been excavated over the past 200 years or so. The archaeology of Nubia is also little known but fascinating on many levels. This course will focus on what archaeology can reveal about life as it was experienced by individuals of all social classes. Through a combination of broad surveys and case studies of some of Egypt and Nubia’s most culturally indicative and intriguing sites, we will explore issues such as the origins of inequality, state formation and its effects, the uneasy mix of state-planned settlements and village life, urbanism, domestic and community worship, gendered spaces, ethnicity and colonialism, religious revolution and evolution, bureaucracy, private enterprise, and the effects of governmental collapse on life and death in ancient Egypt and Nubia.

Fall 2017: CLCV UN3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLCV 3101 001/06516 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Ellen Morris 3 21/70

CLCV V3110 The Ancient City. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

Uses archaeological and literary sources to discuss the beginnings of urbanism in the ancient Mediterranean region, with particular focus on 5th-century Athens and Imperial Rome. Aims not just to study how cities developed, but also how that development affected the ways in which people of the time thought about community living and the meaning of their physical environment.

CLCV W3111 Plato and Confucius: Comparative Ancient Philosophies. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Prerequisites: completion of first semester of CC recommended.

Although separated by a distance of nearly 5,000 miles, Classical Greece and China witnessed the near-simultaneous emergence of complex, centralized city-states, intensive agricultural cultivation, urbanization, the growth of imperial administrations, and scientific and technological revolutions.  Each also witnessed the emergence of competing schools of philosophy.  This course surveys principal works of Classical Greek and Chinese philosophy (where possible in their totality).  Our goals are both contextualist and comparativist.  Alternating between philosophical traditions, we shall read, discuss, and analyze several works of ancient Greek philosophy and Classical Chinese philosophy within their unique historical contexts and in comparision to one another.

CLCV W3156 Survey of Jewish Literature in Greek. 3 points.

In this class, we will read and analyze excerpts from one of the most overlooked bodies of ancient literature: texts written by Jewish authors in the Greek language.  This literature raises many questions, literary and historical.  Why did some Jews in the Hellenistic and early Roman periods choose to expres themselves in these ways, while others continued to use Hebrew and Aramaic?  For what audiences and purposes were these texts intended?  Readings include selections from the Septuagint, Philo of Alexandria, and Josephus.  The texts will be read in English stranslation, but classics majors and other Greek readers will be expected to read selections of the material in the original.

CLCV V3158 Women in Antiquity. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Examines the role of women in ancient Greek and Latin literature; the portrayal of women in literature as opposed to their actual social status; male and female in ancient Mediterranean cosmologies; readings from ancient epics, lyric drama, history, historical documents, medical texts, oratory, and philosophy, as well as from contemporary sociological and anthropological works that help to analyze the origins of the Western attitude toward women.

CLCV V3162 Ancient Law. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

CLCV V3205 Classics in the 20th and 21st Centuries. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

CLCV UN3230 Classics and Film. 3 points.

Considers cinematic representations of the ancient Mediterranean world, from early silent films to movies from the present day. Explores films that purport to represent historical events (such as Gladiator) and cinematic versions of ancient texts (Pasolini's Medea). Readings include ancient literature and modern criticism.

Spring 2017: CLCV UN3230
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLCV 3230 001/09277 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
207 Milbank Hall
Kristina Milnor 3 31

CLCV W3244 Global Histories of the Book. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course introduces students to the material and cultural circumstances of the creation, transmission, circulation and consumption of written literature in cultures around the world from antiquity to the twenty-first century.  Students will consider the following questions: What is a book? What role does it play in connecting cultures' pasts with their futures, and cultures with each other?  Is it possible to tell a global history of the book?  How does the material form of a book relate to its status as a "classic"?

CLCV V3535 Identity and Society in Ancient Egypt. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

CLCV UN3992 Archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Southern Levant. 3 points.

The assigned readings provide an overview of the archaeological character of numerous periods and will serve as a basis for common discussion.  In addition, however, each participant will also track the archaeology of a particular region as it evolved over time.  By focusing attention on micro-regions (specific valleys, wadis, mountain ranges, desert edges, or coastal plains), we will attempt to get as variegated a picture as possible of life in the Southern Levant.  While the legacy of the Bible and fraught political relations in modern times will, of course, be discussed as relevant, they are not the focus of the course.  Rather, each region and each period will be approached with equal interest and on its own terms.  

Spring 2017: CLCV UN3992
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLCV 3992 001/08855 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
Ellen Morris 3 9/16

CLCV W4015 Roman Law. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Examines the history of the development of Roman law and legal thought. The role of law in Roman society. Introductions to Roman methods of legal analysis, with emphasis on study and class discussion of cases from the Roman jurists.

CLCV W4100 The Handwritten Book. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

How books were made in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, covering the physical characteristics of handwritten books (scripts, illustrations and illuminations, bindings, writing materials), the context in which books were created (monastic scriptorium, cathedral library, the early bookshops), and the audience which determined their use and contents.

CLCV GU4110 Gender and Sexuality In Ancient Greece. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or the instructor's permission.

Examination of the ways in which gender and sexuality are constructed in ancient Greek society and represented in literature and art, with attention to scientific theory, ritual practice, and philosophical speculation. Topics include conceptions of the body, erotic and homoerotic literature and practice, legal constraints, pornography, rape, and prostitution.

Spring 2017: CLCV GU4110
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLCV 4110 001/08631 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Ll104 Diana Center
Helene Foley 3 38

CLCV W4145 Ancient Political Theory. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An examination of ancient political theory in its social and philosophical context. Topics will include constitutional theory, the origins and legitimation of government, ethics and politics, the regulation of private life, the rule of law, and the cosmopolis. Authors will include the Sophists, Plato (Republic, Laws, Statesman), Aristotle (Politics), Cicero (RepublicLaws), Polybius, Dio of Prusa (On Kingship, Borysthenic Oration), and Augustine (City of God).

CLCV W4190 Virtue and Happiness: Philosophy in Classical Rome. 3 points.

This class provides an introduction to philosophical texts and practices of Rome's classical era (1st century BC to 2nd century AD). Why study Roman philosophy? While Romans in the early and middle Republic seem to have been satisfied with the moral code inherited from their ancestors (known as the mos maiorum), from the time of Cicero until the high Empire, Roman intellectuals wrestled with the problem of combining these traditional values with the range of philosophical texts and practices they encountered in the contemporary Greek world. Even though few ancient Romans qualify as original philosophical thinkers, philosophy played an important role in Roman culture, and knowledge of philosophical discourses is thus indispensable to our understanding of Roman society, history, and literature. Furthermore, owing to the vagaries of textual transmission, the majority of our sources for Hellenistic philosophy (most notably, Epicureanism and Stoicism) happen to be Roman, with the result that this important chapter of the history of philosophy cannot be studied without detailed attention to the Roman material. And finally, philosophical texts account for some of the most important and attractive works of Latin—and indeed world—literature. Readings will be in English translation and include works by Lucretius, Cicero, Horace, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and others.

CLCV GU4411 Egypt in the Classical World. 4 points.

This class traces Egypt's evolving integration into the Classical World from the Saite Dynasty (c. 685 BCE) to the suppression of paganism by the Coptic church. We'll pay close attention to the flashpoints that created conflicts between pagan Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, and Christians and also to integrative aspects of society.

Spring 2017: CLCV GU4411
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLCV 4411 001/01333 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
202 Milbank Hall
Ellen Morris 4 19

Classical Literature

CLLT UN3132 Classical Myth. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Survey of major myths from the ancient Near East to the advent of Christianity, with emphasis upon the content and treatment of myths in classical authors (Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Vergil, Livy, Ovid).

Fall 2017: CLLT UN3132
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLLT 3132 001/06333 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Helene Foley 3 34/70

CLLT V3140 Comedy Past and Present. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Ancient Greek and Roman comedies are studied along with their modern English counterparts, as we explore how fantasy and satire have been developed as tools for grappling with political, social and cultural issues. Authors may include Aristophanes, Petronius, Lucian, Apuleius, Seneca, Tom Stoppard, Thomas Pynchon, Douglas Adams and John Waters.

CLLT V3185 From Augustine to Abelard. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The proposed course, Medieval Latin Literature: From Augustine to Abelard, aims to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to the literature of the Latin Middle ages in translation. It will include all the important literary genres within the varieties of Latin which we call Medieval Latin, both in verse and prose. The course will emphasize those types of literary compositions that are newly created within the context of medieval culture, such as monastic rules, Christian hymns, biblical exegesis, hagiography, and devotional literature. The readings will emphasize both continuity with the literary traditions of ancient Rome as found in these texts, but also the integration of biblical narratives and hermeneutics into the written culture of medieval Europe. Also included among the primary sources will be medieval discussions of literary theory.

CLLT V3205 Classics in the 20th and 21st Centuries. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

CLLT V3230 Classics and Film. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Considers cinematic representations of the ancient Mediterranean world, from early silent film to movies from the present day. Explores films that purport to represent historical events (such as Gladiator) and cinematic versions of ancient texts (Pasolini’s Medea). Readings include ancient literature and modern criticism.

CLLT W4115 Tragedy and Performance. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An intensive study of problems relating to the interpretation and performance of Greek and Roman tragedy, including modern stage versions. Special consideration is given to staging, the changing role of actors and the chorus, Aristotle's Poetics, and the reception of ancient tragedy, as well as social and philosophical issues, including gender conflict.

CLLT GU4300 The Classical Tradition. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Overview of Greek and Roman literature. Close analysis of selected texts from the major genres accompanied by lectures on literary history. Topics include the context out of which the genres arose, the suitability of various modern critical approaches to the ancient texts, the problem of translation, and the transmission of the classical authors and their influence on modern literature.

Fall 2017: CLLT GU4300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLLT 4300 001/05641 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Darcy Krasne 3 10/30

CLLT W4310 Myth and Ritual. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Continuation of CLLT W3132. Emphasis on the organization of myth and the persistence of ritual. Survey of different ways of approaching traditional stories. Comparisons from non-Western cultures for the analysis of origins and transformations of myths.

Modern Greek

GRKM UN1101 Elementary Modern Greek I. 4 points.

This is the first semester of a year-long course designed for students wishing to learn Greek as it is written and spoken in Greece today. As well as learning the skills necessary to read texts of moderate difficulty and converse on a wide range of topics, students explore Modern Greece's cultural landscape from "parea" to poetry to politics. Special attention will be paid to Greek New York. How do "our", "American", "Greek-American" definitions of language and culture differ from "their", "Greek" ones?

Fall 2017: GRKM UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 1101 001/16223 M W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
408 Hamilton Hall
Nikolas Kakkoufa 4 8/18

GRKM UN1102 Elementary Modern Greek. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GRKM UN1101 or the equivalent.

Continuation of GRKM UN1101. Introduction to modern Greek language and culture. Emphasis on speaking, writing, basic grammar, syntax, and cross-cultural analysis.

Spring 2017: GRKM UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 1102 001/16090 M W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
616 Hamilton Hall
Maria Hadjipolycarpou 4 5/20

GRKM UN2102 Intermediate Modern Greek II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GRKM V2101 or the equivalent.

Continuation of GRKM V2101. Students complete their knowledge of the fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax while continuing to enrich their vocabulary.

Spring 2017: GRKM UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 2102 001/70776 M W 10:10am - 12:00pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Maria Hadjipolycarpou 4 2/20

GRKM UN1111 CULTURAL DICTIONARY 1. 1 point.

Prerequisites: GRKM UN1101

The course is structured around the presentation of important moments in contemporary Greek history and culture, which constitute vantage points for discussion.Through text, videos, presentations, group quizzes, debates, and the etymological investigation of “the random term of the day” we will ask:What does it mean to be a student at a public university in Athens today? How does Orthodox Christianity and its cyclical liturgical language relate to contemporary discourses on modernization, time management, and efficiency?

GRKM UN1201 Intermediate Modern Greek I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: GRKM V1101-V1102 or the equivalent.
Corequisites: students are also required to take the conversation class, GRKM W2111.

This course is designed for students who are already familiar with the basic grammar and syntax of modern Greek language and can communicate at an elementary level. Using films, newspapers, and popular songs, students engage the finer points of Greek grammar and syntax and enrich their vocabulary. Emphasis is given to writing, whether in the form of film and book reviews or essays on particular topics taken from a selection of second year textbooks.

GRKM UN1211 CULTURAL DICTIONARY II. 1 point.

The course is structured around the presentation of important moments in contemporary Greek history and culture, which constitute vantage points for discussion. Through text, videos, presentations, group quizzes, debates, and the etymological investigation of “the random term of the day” we will ask: why are certain roads and squares in central Athens known by different names from those that appear on official maps, in what ways does a Greek news broadcast differ from an American one, and what can bars and restaurants reveal about the ways in which the Greek literary canon has been shaped?

GRKM UN3001 Advanced Modern Greek I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: GRKM V2101 or the equivalent.

This semester we will continue to build language skills but with particular attention to speaking and writing Greek at the university level. We will focus on such topics as diaspora, history, politics, and identity. We will use materials from literature, critical essays, historiography, film, and mass media as a way to advance knowledge in Modern Greek literature and culture. In addition we will explore the diversity of Greek language as it is spoken in different regions and gain understanding of its evolution through time. Materials include: essays (Seferis, Theotokas); newspaper articles; television interviews (Flessa and Papanikolaou); advertisement; stand-up-comedy (Lazopoulos); music (art-song, rebetika, hip-hop); theatre (Demetriades); literature (Roides, Papadiamantis, Kazantzakis, Lymberaki, Karapanou, Galanaki, Charalambides, Chatzopoulos, Chouliaras).

Spring 2017: GRKM UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3001 001/65260 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408 Hamilton Hall
Maria Hadjipolycarpou 3 0
Fall 2017: GRKM UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3001 001/18201 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Nikolas Kakkoufa 3 2/18

GRKM V3135 Topics Through Greek Film. 3 points.

This course explores the history and culture of modern Greece through film. It brings the Greek cinema canon (Angelopoulos, Ferris, Gavras, Cacoyiannis, Koundouros, et al.) into conversation with the work of contemporary artists, documentary filmmakers, and the recent “weird wave.” In doing so, the course addresses issues of memory and trauma, public history and testimony, colonialism and biopolitics, neoliberalism and governmentality, and crisis and kinship, and it asks: what kind of lens does film offer onto the study of a society’s history and contemporary predicament? The viewing and discussion of films is facilitated through a consideration of a wide range of materials, including novels, criticism, archival footage, and interviews with directors. The course does not assume any background knowledge and all films will have English subtitles. An additional 1-credit bilingual option (meeting once per week at a time TBD) is offered for students who wish to read, view, and discuss materials in Greek.

GRKM UN3996 THE MAJOR SEMINAR. 3 points.

The course allows students in Topics through Greek Film (G4135) with an intermediate to advanced level of Greek to supplement their study of that course’s theme through materials in Greek. Each week we will be reading short texts (excerpts from novels and essays, blogs, newspaper articles) on a theme discussed that week in G4135. 

Fall 2017: GRKM UN3996
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3996 001/63925  
Dimitrios Antoniou 3 0

GRKM UN3997 Directed Readings. 1-4 points.

Designed for undergraduates who want to do directed reading in a period or on a topic not covered in the curriculum.

Spring 2017: GRKM UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3997 001/25325  
Karen Van Dyck 1-4 0
GRKM 3997 002/88454  
Stathis Gourgouris 1-4 0
GRKM 3997 003/25976  
Maria Hadjipolycarpou 1-4 0
Fall 2017: GRKM UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3997 001/71049  
Paraskevi Martzavou 1-4 0

GRKM UN3998 Senior Research Seminar. 1-4 points.

Designed for students writing a senior thesis or doing advanced research on Greek or Greek Diaspora topics.

Spring 2017: GRKM UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3998 001/10632  
Alexandre Roberts 1-4 1
Fall 2017: GRKM UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
GRKM 3998 001/67571  
1-4 0

GRKM W4300 Worlding Cavafy: Desire & Media. 4 points.

By examining Cavafy's work in all its permutations (as criticism, translation, adaptation), this course introduces students to a wide range of critical approaches used in World Literature, Gender Studies, and Translation Studies.  The Cavafy case becomes an experimental ground for different kinds of comparative literature methods, those that engage social-historical issues such as sexuality, diaspora, postcoloniality as well as linguistic issues such as multilingualism, media and translation. How does this poet "at a slight angle to the universe" challenge contemporary theories of gender and literature as national institution? How can studying a canonical author open up our theories and practices of translation? Among the materials considered are translations by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard, James Merrill, and Marguerite Yourcenar, commentary by E.M. Forster, C.M. Bowra, and Roman Jakobson, poems by W.H. Auden, Lawrence Durrell, and Joseph Brodsky, and visual art by David Hockney and Duane Michals. Though this course presupposes no knowledge of Greek, students wanting to read Cavafy in the original are encouraged to take the 1-credit directed reading tutorial offered simultaneously.

GRKM GU4997 Directed Readings. 1-4 points.

Designed for graduates who want to do directed reading in a period or on a topic not covered in the curriculum.

CLGM V3306 The Making of Modern Greek Poetry: Hip Hop and the Oral Tradition. 3-4 points.

This course is given with a 1-point bilingual option (1 hr. per week) for those students who have the skills to discuss the material in Greek.

Hip-hop, a form of oral poetry and a performative practice, presents literary scholars and cultural critics with particular challenges, especially when emerging in a country like Greece, where poetry and performance have been the two major forms of artistic expression. The class will study the history of hip-hop globally, engage with the study of Modern Greek, primarily oral, rhymed, and folk, poetry--its themes, style and techniques. Students will think critically about the ramifications of hip-hop culture and the historical and political contexts in which hip-hop culture took, and continues to take, shape. Particular attention is paid to questions of race, gender, class, and globalization. The class will consider questions of orality, textuality and performativity: What is the relation of poetry and hip-hop? What traditions influence poetry and what hip-hop? Who writes poetry and who does hip-hop? Students will be asked to engage in creative projects such as, create a piece of Hip Hop art, write Hip Hop journalism, translate poetry from Greek to English, organize a poetry night or poetry slam contest, present a local performer in the form of an open interview in class.

CLGM V3920 The World Responds to the Greeks: Greece Faces East. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

This course examines the way particular spaces - cultural, urban, literary - serve as sites for the production and reproduction of cultural and political imaginaries. It places particular emphasis on the themes of the polis, the city, and the nation-state as well as on spatial representations of and responses to notions of the Hellenic across time. Students will consider a wide range of texts as spaces - complex sites constituted and complicated by a multiplicity of languages - and ask: How central is the classical past in Western imagination? How have great metropolises such as Paris, Istanbul, and New York fashioned themselves in response to the allure of the classical and the advent of modern Greece? The question of space and the site-specific will also be raised by the very logistics of the course, which will link two classrooms, two groups of students, and two professors - one at Columbia University, and the other at BoÄŸaziçi University, by way of long-distance technologies.   This course fulfills the global core requirement.

CLGM G4005 Dictatorships and their Afterlives. 4-5 points.

Optional 1-point bilingual guided reading.

What does the investigation of a dictatorship entail and what are the challenges to such an endeavor? Why (and when) do particular societies turn to an examination of their non-democratic pasts? What does it mean for those who never experienced an authoritarian regime first-hand to remember it through television footage, literature, and popular culture? To what extent do current economic and political crises alter public narratives of dictatorial pasts? This seminar examines the afterlives of dictatorships and the ways in which they are remembered, discussed, examined, and give rise to conflicting narratives in post-dictatorial environments. The course takes as its point of departure the case of the Greek military regime of 1967-1974, and draws on materials ranging from graphic novels to films, performance art, poetry, and architecture to consider issues such as resistance, complicity, censorship, witnessing, ghosts, and public history.  This seminar is open to undergraduate and graduate students and assumes neither a particular disciplinary background nor a familiarity with Greece. An additional 1-credit bilingual option (meeting once per week at a time TBD) is offered for students who wish to read and discuss materials in Greek.    

Cross-listed Courses

HIST UN3152Byzantine Encounters in the Mediterranean and the Middle East