Classics 400 Level

Advanced Undergraduate Level Courses

**All 400 level courses have a prerequiste of at least one senior level Classics, Greek, or Latin course.

**Courses from level 460 - 500 level are designed for Classics majors, honors, and graduate students.

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CLASS 400 - Topics in the Culture and Society of Greco-Roman Antiquity *3 (0-3s-0)

Taught in conjunction with CLASS 505 Sem B1

Prerequisite: Any course at or above the 200-level in CLASS, GREEK or LATIN, or consent of Department.

Sem B1 - Title: Ancient Slavery

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Sem B2 - Title: Cleopatra: The Last Queen of Egypt

Description:The doomed queen Cleopatra VII, the final Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, has been a figure of fascination for nearly two millennia but remains an enigma. Intelligent, charismatic, and ambitious, Cleopatra secured the allegiance of two of the most powerful men in the Roman world: Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. In this course we shall examine how Cleopatra ascended the Ptolemaic throne, gained the loyalty of her people through the adroit use of spectacle and the masterful spinning of her own image, and maintained Egypt as an independent kingdom through successive Roman attempts to annexe it. Cleopatra left no written records of her own, and so her story has been told by others, from biased and xenophobic ancient biographers to William Shakespeare to Hollywood. In this course, we shall attempt to sort through the drama, romance, and sensationalism of the tradition on Cleopatra to reconstruct the goals and achievements of one of the most powerful women of the ancient world.

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W20 92848  Sem B1 MWF 1100-1150 T 2 32 C. Mackay 
W20  96773 Sem B2 W 1400-1650 T 2 32 F. Pownall


CLASS 463 - Topics in Roman History *3 (0-3s-0)

Prerequisite: CLASS 282 or 283 or consent of Department.

Taught in conjunction with CLASS 522

Title: Catastrophe and Transformation at the End of Antiquity: From Constantine to Attila

Description: This course will examine the crucial century-and-a-half in which the western Roman Empire broke apart and Europe as we know it took shape. Between 300 and 450 CE, what had been the Roman world experienced a level of political, economic, cultural and religious upheaval not seen again until the modern era. A politically unified world metamorphosed into would become the separate nations of Britain, France, Spain, Italy and so on eastwards, while the religious diversity of pagan antiquity was replaced by an emerging medieval Christendom and Roman identity found itself competing with previously despised "barbarian" nationalities. We will study how a wide range of people in this era experienced and brought about these transformations. There will be readings and visual materials about key political figures from Constantine the Great to Attila the Hun and (the real) King Arthur, as well as such leading figures in religion and literature as Augustine and Saint Patrick. NB: Prerequisites may be waived for students who have taken previous CLASS courses at 200 level or above.

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F19  77112 Sem A1  W 1400-1650 T 2 32 A. Kemezis

 

CLASS 478 - Topics in Roman Art *3 (0-3s-0)

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F19 76148 Sem A1 T 1400-1650 T 1 119 S. Hijmans