Current Courses

The Classics Department offers courses in Greek, Latin, and classical civilization. See everything that Classics has to offer in the Course Catalog.

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Classics Courses 

Spring 2019

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The Athenian Acropolis

CLAS 214 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

In this course. we study the art and architecture of the Acropolis, from the Neolithic period to today. with a particular focus on the Archaic and Classical periods. Our study is based upon a detailed and chronology survey of the buildings. dedications, and religious practices conducted on the Acropolis. We conclude the course with a discussion of the Acropolis in the post-Classical period, and the meaning of the Acropolis for Greeks today.

Winter 2019

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Classical Mythology

CLAS 201 - Crotty, Kevin M.

An introduction to the study of Greek mythology, with an emphasis on the primary sources. The myths are presented in their historical, religious, and political contexts. The course also includes an introduction to several major theories of myth, and uses comparative materials drawn from contemporary society and media.

Sex, Gender and Power in Ancient Literature

CLAS 210 - Dance, Caleb M.

What does it mean to be a woman or a man and what power dynamic exists between the two genders? Definitions of gender and gender roles are not a modern phenomenon but have their origins in antiquity. Both literary and visual sources reveal to us the constant puzzling over issues of gender that preoccupied the ancient Greeks and Romans. In this course, we examine sources from various genres and media for example, philosophy, epic, drama, poetry, history, painting, and sculpture in an attempt to understand the various ways the Greeks and Romans conceived of gender. Readings include primary sources from antiquity (e.g., Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides, Plato, Terence, Cicero, Livy), as well as secondary sources from modern scholarship on gender in antiquity.

Directed Individual Study

CLAS 403 - Crotty, Kevin M.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Dance, Caleb M.

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Honors Thesis.

Fall 2018

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Directed Individual Study

CLAS 403 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Dance, Caleb M.

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Honors Thesis.

Latin Courses

Spring 2019

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2019

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Elementary Latin

LATN 102 - Dance, Caleb M.

A continuation of the materials and methods in LATN 101 with emphasis on syntax.

Practicum: Latin in the Schools

LATN 200 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

A service-learning course in which W&L students design a curriculum and teach beginning Latin in the local elementary school.

Introduction to Verse

LATN 202 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Introduction to the language, meter, and style of Latin verse with readings from Horace, Ovid, Virgil, and Propertius.

Introduction to Verse

LATN 202 - Crotty, Kevin M.

Introduction to the language, meter, and style of Latin verse with readings from Horace, Ovid, Virgil, and Propertius.

The Poetry of Ovid

LATN 326 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Readings from the masterpieces of Ovid's poetry, including one or more of the following: The Metamorphoses (a grand mythological epic), The Fasti (festivals and the Roman calendar), The Heroides (fictional letters written by mythological heroines, Ars Amatoria and Amores (love poetry) and Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto (his poetry from exile). Topic varies by term but course may be taken only once.

Directed Individual Study

LATN 401 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2018

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Elementary Latin

LATN 101 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Study of Latin declensional patterns and sentence formation.

Republican Prose

LATN 201 - Dance, Caleb M.

Reading selections from some or all of the following: Cato, Nepos, Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, and Varro. Emphasis on style and syntax, along with the political and social background of the later Republican period.

Advanced Prose

LATN 301 - Dance, Caleb M.

Selections from among Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Seneca, and Quintilian.

Letters of Cicero and Pliny

LATN 310 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

This course examines different styles and purposes of letter writing in the Roman world, focusing on the historically revealing letters of Cicero and Pliny, but also including samples from the Epistles of Horace and Seneca, as well as a few "fictional" letters by Ovid.

Greek Courses

Spring 2019

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2019

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 102 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

A continuation of GR 101. Further work on grammar and vocabulary and an introduction to some simple Greek prose.

Homer

GR 202 - Crotty, Kevin M.

An introduction to the language of Homer and to the Greek oral and written tradition; a reading of the Iliad or the Odyssey in Greek and in translation.

Directed Individual Study

GR 401 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor and if the topics are different.

Fall 2018

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 101 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

An introduction to ancient Greek. The course focuses on the essentials of Greek grammar and vocabulary and offers an overview of some aspects of Greek culture.

Intermediate Ancient Greek

GR 201 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Readings in Greek prose.

The Greek Philosophers

GR 302 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Readings in Greek and English from the corpus of Greek philosophical works, including the pre-Socratic fragments, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics and Epicureans. Fall 2018 topic: Socrates.