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Current and Upcoming Courses

Department of Classical Studies

 

Classical Studies Courses for Fall 2014

Courses in Translation (Readings in English)

CLST 2750-01 - Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World (4 cr.)
Dr. Holly M. Sypniewski
Gay marriage?  People of antiquity were just as obsessed as we are with determining, regulating and legislating acceptable behaviors for men and women in their public and private lives. This course examines issues of sex, sexuality, and gender in the ancient societies of Greece and Rome through the study of literature and art.  Using an historical framework, we will investigate modes of sexuality and the representation of gender.  Our goal is to learn what we know, and what we cannot know, about the lives of ancient men and women, their interaction, communication and their roles in culture and society.  No prerequisites.
MWF 11 Th 9

CLST 2750-02 - Survey of Ancient and Medieval Art (4 cr.)
Dr. Elise Smith
A study of the development of art from prehistoric times through the late Gothic period.  This course cross-lists with ARTS 2500.
MWF 10 Th 8

CLST 3340-01 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy / History of Philosophy I (4 cr.)
Dr. Ted Ammon
This course moves from the rise of philosophy among the ancient Greek "Presocratics" to the profound contributions of Plato and Aristotle and finally to the development of Western European "scholastic" philosophy in the later Middle Ages.  The root questions in the literature we study are:  What is real in the world and in ourselves?  And how is it possible to establish this? This course cross-lists with PHIL 3010-01.
TTh 10


Greek and Latin Courses that Fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement

CLST 1020-01 - Introduction to Greek II (4 cr.)
Dr. David Yates
This is the second semester of a three semester program that will teach you to read some of the greatest works of Western (indeed world) literature in their original language.  Translations can turn even the most vivid and brilliant works of literature grey and vapid. There is a grace to Homer, a subtlety to Plato, and an effortless clarity to the New Testament that simply cannot be rendered in English. If we wish to understand the thoughts, dreams, and genius of another culture, we must invest the time to learn their language. Ancient Greek amply repays this investment. You will better understand English through its many Greek root words. You will learn how to acquire, maintain, and apply a complex system of thought over a relatively short period of time – a skill that will serve you well in any future intellectual endeavors. Last but certainly not least, you will gain unmediated access to some of the most sublime notions ever written. Prequisite: Intro to Greek I, or equivalent.
MWF 10 a.m., Th 8 a.m.

CLST 1110-01 - Introduction to Latin I (4 cr.)
Dr. Holly M. Sypniewski
Begin your Millsaps language requirement by learning to think like a Roman. Latin has left an indelible mark on the way we communicate, even today. This course uses a contemporary reading and conversation method to address many different learning styles. Our text uses readings from Roman literature and short conversation exercises to teach you the grammar, vocabulary, and forms of Latin. Students interested in law, medicine, literature, religion, modern languages, and (of course) antiquity will find Latin particularly useful. Students with prior Latin experience must contact the department chair for Latin placement tests. NO PREQUISITES.
MTWF 9 a.m.

CLST 2130-01 - Catullus: Third-Semester Latin (4 cr.)
Prof. Jennifer Lewton-Yates
Finish your third semester language requirement by reading Catullus' poems –some so beautifully romantic that they continue to console the lovelorn even today and some so dirty and profane that grandmothers across the world are mortified. In this course for students who have just finished Latin I and II, we will strengthen your ability to read Latin through a close examination of one of Rome’s most interesting poets. Prerequisite: Two semesters of Latin or the equivalent.
MTWF 9 a.m.


Intermediate and Advanced Language Courses in Greek or Latin

CLST 3700/4700-01 - The New Testament and its Literary Context: Intermediate and Advanced Greek (4 cr.)
Prof. Jennifer Lewton-Yates
Greek language and literature flourished under the Roman Empire, and this course focuses its readings on the wide variety of texts produced.  From Biblical stories of the apostles to some of the earliest science fiction descriptions of walking on the moon, there’s something for everyone written in Greek during this time.  Intermediate readers (e.g. 4th through 5th semester) should take the course at the 3000-level. 4000-level courses are for advanced students (5th semester or beyond). Both classes will meet together. Prerequisites: Three semesters of college ancient Greek or equivalent.
MWF  11 Th 9

CLST 4900-01 - Senior Seminar in Greek: The New Testament and its Literary Context (4 cr.)
Prof. Jennifer Lewton-Yates
This advanced course fulfills the college's Senior Seminar requirement in Classical Studies. It will meet in tandem with CLST 3700/4700-01 listed above. In addition to readings in Greek , students will explore a research topic on Imperial Greek literature in greater depth and length. They will also write their Core 10 essay (Reflections on Liberal Studies). Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Greek or their equivalent.
MWF  11 Th 9

CLST 3140/4140-01 - Roman Historians - Caesar: Intermediate and Advanced Latin (4 cr.)
Dr. David C. Yates
The goals of intermediate/advanced Latin are to transition students from reading primarily for the sake of improving speed and accuracy to reading for an appreciation of the literary value and historical circumstances of a Latin text.  This semester we shall examine the commentaries of Julius Caesar as a source for the last chaotic years of the late Roman Republic.  This is not to say that building vocabulary and mastering increasingly complex syntax will no longer concern us – quite the contrary.  But a much larger portion of class time and assessment will now be devoted to meaning and interpretation. Prerequisites: Three semesters of college Latin or equivalent, or by permission of the instructor. 
MWF 8

CLST 4910-01 - Senior Seminar in Latin: Caesear (4 cr.)
Dr. David C. Yates
This advanced Latin course fulfills the college's Senior Seminar requirement. It will meet in tandem with 3140/4140-01 listed above. In addition to the readings and compositions in Latin, students will develop their own research topic by studying Caesar'sin greater depth. They will also write their Core 10 essays (Reflections on Liberal Studies). Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Latin or equivalent. 
MWF 8


Core Curriculum Courses Taught by Classical Studies Faculty

IDST 1200-02 - Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World (4 cr.)
Dr. Holly M. Sypniewski
Gay marriage?  People of antiquity were just as obsessed as we are with determining, regulating and legislating acceptable behaviors for men and women in their public and private lives. This course examines issues of sex, sexuality, and gender in the ancient societies of Greece and Rome through the study of literature and art.  Using an historical framework, we will investigate modes of sexuality and the representation of gender.  Our goal is to learn what we know, and what we cannot know, about the lives of ancient men and women, their interaction, communication and their roles in culture and society.  Focus: Literature
MWF 11 Th 9

IDST 1200-05 - War and Society in the Ancient World (4 cr.)
Dr. David Yates
The tools and techniques of ancient warfare were crude, but effective. States like Assyria, Persia, Athens, Macedonia, and Rome managed to carve massive empires out of the ancient Mediterranean basin that shaped the course of ancient history. Each enjoyed the benefits and ultimately suffered the unintended consequences of the war-machines that made these empires possible. Athens and Sparta's obsession with warfare secured their freedom in the face of Persian aggression, but it also condemned them to a century and a half of constant conflict that left both easy pickings for Alexander the Great. Rome's legions were the most fearsome force unleashed upon the ancient world, but the power and influence held by the army and its generals were the ultimate undoing of this thousand-year empire. In this course we shall examine in detail the weapons, tactics, and strategies of ancient warfare, the ideologies and beliefs of the common soldiers, and finally the larger place warfare had in the various societies of the ancient Mediterranean, particularly Greece and Rome. Focus: History.
TTh 1-2:40 p.m.