Courses

The classics department offers courses at all levels of Greek and Latin as well as courses in English about ancient Greece and Rome. The intermediate level (Latin 202 or two courses in Greek at the 200-level) satisfies the language specific standard, and one additional course at the advanced-intermediate or advanced level satisfies the Summit in Fine Arts and Humanities distributional standard. 

Greek and Roman History, Ancient Myth in Literature, and Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity are each offered in alternate years. Examples of recent special topics courses taught in English at the advanced level include Roman Law (2015), Freedom and Justice in Classical Antiquity (Fall 2014), and Disease and Disability in Ancient Literature (Spring 2014). The Classical Tradition in Post-Colonial Literature is planned for Spring 2018.  

Course Offerings for 2016-17

FALL 2016

Greek

GRE-101 ELEMENTARY GREEK I
Kinsgley, MWF 10:30-11:20am
The fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar with selected reading.
Prerequisite: none

GRE-211/311 INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED GREEK
Selections from Greek prose. Authors may include Herodotus, Plato, orators, or novelists.
Fall 2016 topic: Greek Oratory: Antiphon
Kinsgley, MWF 1:00-1:50pm 
Prerequisite: GRE-102 or departmental permission

Latin

LAT-101 ELEMENTARY LATIN I
Drinkwater, MWF 9:30-10:20am
Fundamentals of Latin grammar with selected reading.
Prerequisite: none

LAT-201 INTERMEDIATE LATIN I
Drinkwater, MWF 11:30am-12:20pm
Review of Latin grammar with readings from Apuleius or other Latin prose authors.
Fall 2016 topic: Cornelius Nepos' Life of Hannibal
Prerequisite: LAT-102 or departmental permission based on placement test

LAT-211/311 LATIN PROSE
Master, TTh 10:00-11:15am
Readings from Latin prose. Authors may include Cicero, Pliny, Sallust, Senece, or Tacitus, among others, representing the genres of Oratory, Letters, Philosophy, and History.
Fall 2016 topic: selections from Livy's Histories
Prerequisite: LAT-202 or departmental permission based on placement test

Classical Literature

CLL-232 MYTHOLOGY
Jones, MW 2-3:15pm
Prerequisite: none
The study of ancient literature, including epic, drama, poetry and prosopography, and its relations to classical myths such as those of Oedipus, Clytemnestra, Achilles and Penelope.

SPRING 2017

Greek

GRE-102 INTERMEDIATE GREEK II
Kingsley, MWF 10:30-11:20am
The fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar with selected reading, especially from New Testament writers.
Prerequisite: GRE-101 or departmental permission

Latin

LAT-102 ELEMENTARY LATIN II
Master, MWF 9:30-11:20am
Fundamentals of Latin grammar with selected reading.
Prerequisite: LAT 101 or permission based on placement test

LAT-202 INTERMEDIATE LATIN II
Drinkwater, MW 11:30am-12:45pm
Readings of Latin poetry. Authors may include Catullus, Virgil, and/or Ovid, among others.
Spring 2017 topic: Selections from Catullus.
Prerequisite: LAT-201 or departmental permission based on placement test

LAT-302 LATIN POETRY (Summit Leadership Skills Course)
Drinkwater, MW 11:30am-12:45pm
Readings of Latin poetry, with practice in leadership skills through peer mentoring, group facilitation, and leading class discussions. Authors may include Catullus, Ovid, or Virgil, among others. May be repeated when the topic changes.
Spring 2016 topic: Selections from Catullus
Prerequisite: LAT-202 or departmental permission based on placement test

Classical History and Culture In English

CLA-122 HISTORY OF ROMAN CIVILIZATION
Drinkwater, TTh 8:30-9:45am
The development of Roman institutions from the Etruscan period through Constantine’s adoption of Christianity as evidenced from literature, art and archaeology, including the basic outline of events with methods for understanding history and culture in constructing Roman social history. (Cross-listed with HIS-122)
Prerequisite: none

CLA-395 TOPICS IN CLASSICAL HISTORY
Kingsley, TTh 10:00-11:15pm
Spring 2017 topic: The Genealogy of History. This course will examine the development of history-writing in ancient Greece with a focus on Herodotus and his influences.
Prerequisite: any Classics course, or permission of the instructor.

Course Offerings in Classics:

Greek

GRE-101  ELEMENTARY GREEK I  (4)
The fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar with selected reading.
Offered in Alternate Years

GRE-102  ELEMENTARY GREEK II  (4)
Readings from Greek authors, especially New Testament writers.
Prerequisite: GRE-101 or two entrance credits
Offered in Alternate Years

GRE-211 INTERMEDIATE GREEK I  (4)
Readings from Greek literature, usually prose. Authors may include Herodotus, Longus, Lysias, and/or Plato, among others.
Prerequisite: GRE-102 or departmental permission
Offered in Alternate Years

GRE-212 INTERMEDIATE GREEK II  (4)
Readings from Greek literature, usually poetry. Authors may include Aristophanes, Euripides, Homer, Sappho, and/or Sophocles, among others.
Prerequisite: GRE-211 or departmental permission
Offered in Alternate Years

 

Literature courses in Greek beyond the second year are not routinely offered at Agnes Scott. Students who wish to continue their study of Greek for a third year or to complete the Classical Civilization major with Greek as their language are encouraged to take Greek through the ARCHE agreement at Emory University. Students who wish to study Greek in their fourth year of study may join GRE-211 and/or GRE-212 at an advanced level by enrolling in GRE-311 or 312. GRE-314 will be offered when student interest in a stand-alone advanced Greek warrants.

GRE-311   GREEK PROSE  (4)
Readings from Greek prose. Authors may include Herodotus, Longus, Lysias, and/or Plato, among others, representing the genres of History, Ancient Novel, Oratory, and Philosophy.
Prerequisite: GRE-211 and 212 or departmental permission

GRE-312   GREEK POETRY  (4)
Readings from Greek poetry. Authors may include Aristophanes, Euripides, Homer, Sappho, and/or Sophocles, among others, representing the genres of Comedy, Tragedy, Epic and Lyric.
Prerequisite: GRE-211 and 212 or departmental permission

GRE-314  GREEK LITERATURE  (4)
Readings from Greek prose and poetry, organized around a theme of particular interest to faculty and students. May be repeated when the topic changes.
Prerequisite: GRE-211 and 212 or departmental permission

GRE-350  ADVANCED READING COURSE  (2-4)
Selections from Greek prose and poetry not covered in other courses, chosen to meet the needs of individual students.
Prerequisite: GRE-211 and 212 or departmental permission

 

Latin

LAT-101   ELEMENTARY LATIN I  (4)
Fundamentals of Latin grammar with selected reading.

LAT-102   ELEMENTARY LATIN II  (4)
Fundamentals of Latin grammar with selected reading.
Prerequisite: LAT-101 or two entrance credits

LAT-201   INTERMEDIATE LATIN I  (4)
Review of Latin grammar with readings from Apuleius or other Latin prose authors.
Prerequisite: LAT-102 or three entrance credits

LAT-202   INTERMEDIATE LATIN II  (4)
Readings of Latin poetry. Authors may include Catullus, Virgil, and/or Ovid, among others.
Prerequisite: LAT-201 or departmental permission based on placement list

 

Literature courses in Latin are offered at the 200 and 300 levels. Students in both levels meet at the same time but are assessed according to different syllabi. The prerequisite for all Latin 200-level courses beyond 202 is LAT-202. The prerequisite for all 300-level courses is one 200-level course beyond LAT-201. Exceptions to the prerequisites may be granted by the department chair. Courses at the 300-level may be repeated with permission of the instructor. The courses taught each year will be chosen from the list below according to the needs and interests of students and professors.

LAT-211/311 LATIN PROSE  (4)
Readings from Latin prose. Authors may include Cicero, Pliny, Sallust, Senece, or Tacitus, among others, representing the genres of Oratory, Letters, Philosophy, and History.
Generally Offered in Alternate Years

LAT-213/313 SUNOIKISIS INTER-CAMPUS COURSE  (4)
This course offers a unique collaborative experience for undergraduates. In addition to regular class meetings, each course includes weekly live-steamed lectures from an expert in the subject and other faculty teaching the course at their own institutions.
Generally Offered in Alternate Years: Next offered Fall 2016

LAT-214/314 LATIN LITERATURE  (4)
Readings from Latin prose and poetry, organized around a theme of particular interest to faculty and students. May be repeated when the topic changes.

LAT-302 LATIN POETRY  (4)
Readings of Latin poetry, with practice in leadership skills through peer mentoring, group facilitation, and leading class discussions. Authors may include Catullus, Ovid, or Virgil, among others. May be repeated when the topic changes.
Offered every Spring.

LAT-350   ADVANCED READING COURSE  (2-4)
Selections from Latin prose and poetry, not covered in other courses, chosen to meet the needs of individual students.
Prerequisite: LAT-202 and the department’s permission

 

Classical History and Culture In English

All classical history and culture courses are taught using sources translated into English and do not require knowledge of Greek or Latin.

CLA-121   HISTORY OF GREEK CIVILIZATION  (4)
The literature, people and ideas of the ancient Greeks from Bronze Age to Hellenistic times, including the basic outline of events with methods for understanding history and culture.
(Cross-listed with HIS-121)
Offered in Alternate Years

CLA-122   HISTORY OF ROMAN CIVILIZATION  (4)
The development of Roman institutions from the Etruscan period through Constantine’s adoption of Christianity as evidenced from literature, art and archaeology, including the basic outline of events with methods for understanding history and culture in constructing Roman social history.
(Cross-listed with HIS-122)
Offered in Alternate Years: Next Offered Spring 2017

CLA-243   GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY  (4)
This course examines constructions and performance of gender in Greece and Rome in both the public and private spheres. Sources will include primary historical, medical, and literary writings, material culture, and scholarly analyses.
(Cross-listed with WS-243)
Offered in Alternate Years

CLA-395   TOPICS IN CLASSICAL STUDIES  (4)
This course examines the historical background of Rome’s most famous statesmen, and in particular the political institutions and propaganda methods they used or abused in their rise to power. May be repeated if subject matter varies and may be cross-listed when applicable.
Prerequisite: Any Classics course or permission of instructor                                  
Offered in Alternate Years: Next offered Spring 2017

CLA-410   DIRECTED READING  (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

CLA-440   DIRECTED RESEARCH  (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

CLA-450   INTERNSHIP  (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

CLA-480   SENIOR SEMINAR  (2)
Study of the unique combination of skills and methods used by classicists to understand ancient Greece and Rome. Demonstration of skills through a formal research project.
Restricted to majors in the Classics department

CLA-490   SENIOR THESIS  (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

ART-201  ART OF ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME  (4)
Examination of the art and architecture of the classical world from the Bronze Age to the Fall of Rome. Focus on the evolution of Greek temples, the quest for naturalism in sculpture and the refinement of Black and Red figure pottery. In Rome, we will consider the changes in scale, function and use of building materials, the political landscape and the emphasis on portraiture and illusionistic wall painting.
Prerequisite: ART-150 or permission of the instructor

PHI-206 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY  (4)
The thought of major figures in Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic era to the Hellenistic age.

PHI-321   PLATO AND ARISTOTLE  (4)
Advanced study of selected topics in Plato and Aristotle
Prerequisite: PHI-206

Classical Literature in English

All classical literature courses are taught using sources translated into English and do not require knowledge of Greek or Latin.

CLL-232   MYTHOLOGY  (4)
The study of ancient literature, including epic, drama, poetry and prosopography, and its relations to classical myths such as those of Oedipus, Clytemnestra, Achilles and Penelope.
Offered in Alternate Years

CLL-396   TOPICS IN CLASSICAL LITERATURE  (4)
Topics in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome: a study of some of the many texts from ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on historical and cultural background, poetic genres and styles, ancient and modern literary criticism and/or the later influence of classical literature. May be repeated if the topic varies.
Prerequisites: Any 200-level literature course, any CLA, CLL, GRE, or LAT course, or permission of the instructor
Offered in Alternate Years: Next offered Spring 2018

THE-322  THEATRICAL ORIGINS AND TRADITIONS  (4)
A consideration of the origin of theatre and the establishment of significant theatrical traditions in selected countries. Emphases include comparisons of European and Asian forms and theatre in social, civic and religious contexts.
Offered every four years