Classics Courses

Undergraduate Level Courses

**100 level courses provide the broadest introduction to Classics.

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CLASS 102 - Greek and Roman Mythology *3 (3-0-0)

Description: A survey of classical mythology with readings in translation from various ancient authors as well as from modern scholarly works. Formally CLASS 202.

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FA19 67754 Lec A1 MWF  1100-1150  T B 45 B. Brothers
FA19  69212  Lec A2  MWF  1200-1250  T B 45 K. Mackay
FA19 73804  Lec A3 MWF 1400-1450  ESB 3 27 B. Brothers
FA19 72794 Lec X01 W 1800-2100 T 1 93 A. Latimer
W20 89558  Lec B1  MWF  1200-1250  T B 45 B. Brothers
W20  88550 Lec B2 MWF  1000-1050  T BW 1 K. Mackay
W20  92836  Lec X50  MWF  1800-2100  T 1 93 G. Canlas
W20  93936  Lec X51  1800-2100  T 1 91  B. Brothers


CLASS 103 - Introduction to Ancient Greece *3 (3-0-0)

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W20  96258  Lec B1 MWF 1100-1150 CAB 243 J. Harris


CLASS 104 - Introduction to Ancient Rome *3 (3-0-0)

Formally CLASS 271.

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FA19 70184  Lec A1 MWF 1100-1150 T 3 65 C. MacKay
W20  88748  Lec B1 MWF  1100-1150 SAB 326 K. Koon


CLASS 110 - The Ancient World *3 (3-0-0)

Description: World history from the beginning of written records down to the sixth century AD. The course covers the ancient history of the Mediterranean world, with particular emphasis on Egypt, Greece and Rome and compares developments in civilization in these areas with those in Persia, India and China.

Lec A1 - Description:Who discovered King Tut’s tomb? Why were the coins of Ancient Athens called “owls”? Where can you find a local replica of Augustus’ statue? (and why was Rome’s first emperor called “Augustus” anyways?) Join us for a whirlwind tool of the ancient world, from the Stone Age to the Pyramids, the Parthenon, China’s Terracotta army and beyond, and gain an understanding of the civilizations that shaped the modern world. This course will provide a survey of world history from the beginning of written records down to the end of the sixth century A.D. We shall cover the ancient history of the Mediterranean world, with particular emphasis upon the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and compare developments in these areas with those in Persia, India, and China.

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FA19 76049  Lec A1 MWF  0900-0950 T BW 1  K. Mackay
W20  88682  Lec B1  TR  0930-1050  T BW 1

J. Rossiter

 

**200-level courses are overviews of specific areas within Classics

 

CLASS 220 - Introduction to the Methodology, Theory and Practice of Classical Archaeology *3 (3-0-0) 

May not be taken concurrently with or subsequent to CLASS 321/322.

Description: This course offeres a comprehensive introduction into all aspects of Classical Archaeology. 

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W20 96772 Lec B1 MWF 1000-1050 T 1 5 S.Hijmans


CLASS 221 - Literature of Greece and Rome *3 (3-0-0) 

Description: An introductory survey in English translation of major works from Greek and Latin literature. This will include epic, historiography, and drama. May not be taken concurrently with or subsequent to CLASS 321/322.

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FA19 69160 Lec A1 T R 1400-1520 T 3 65 K, MacFarlane

CLASS 254 - Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology *3 (3-0-0) 

Description: Survey of the art, artifacts, and monuments of the Ancient Greek World. Formerly CLASS 252.

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FA19 68498 Lec A1 T R 0930-1050 T 1 105 G. Canlas

CLASS 255 - Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology *3 (3-0-0)

Description: Survey of the art, artifacts, and monuments of the Ancient Roman World. Formerly CLASS 252.

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W20 95763 Lec B1 T R 1230-1350 T BW 2 S. Hijmans

CLASS 261 - Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World *3 (3-0-0)

Description: The role of women and the construction of gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman society from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity. 

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W20 89560 Lec B1 T R 0930-1050 T 1 103 K. Mackay

CLASS 280 - Introductory Ancient Greek History *3 (3-0-0)

This class is on the list of approved UAlberta Global Courses that count towards the Certificate in International Learning.

Description:  Have you ever wondered if the Homeric king Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War, actually existed? Was Alexander the Great really great? Why did the Persian king Xerxes attack Greece? Who were the Spartans, and what was unique about them? How did the Athenians acquire such a large empire? Who was Pericles and what did he accomplish? Why was the Parthenon in Athens built? Why did the Athenians and the Spartans attack one another in the Peloponnesian War? Why did the Athenians execute the philosopher Socrates? You will learn the answers to these and any other questions you have ever had about Ancient Greece in CLASS 280, a historical survey of the civilization that shaped western culture. This course will provide a historical survey of the civilization that shaped western culture. To the ancient Greeks we owe our concepts of history, philosophy, drama, and political science. We shall cover the history of the Greek world from its beginnings in the Bronze Age with the Trojan War, through the Persian Wars and the ensuing rivalry of Athens and Sparta, until the death of Alexander the Great. We shall examine Greek history primarily through the eyes of the first great historians, Herodotus and Thucydides, who shaped the writing of history in ancient Greece (in English translation). Not open to students with credit in any two of CLASS 371, 372, and 373 (prior to 2005-2006).

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FA19 76059 Lec A1 MWF 1000-1050 T 1 119 F. Pownall


CLASS 283 - Introduction to Roman History II *3 (3-0-0)

Description:

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W20 95764 Lec B1 T R 0930-1050 ESB 128 A. Kemezis


CLASS 294 - Ancient Science, Technology and Medicine *3 (3-0-0)

Description:

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W20 95765 Lec B1 T R 1230-1350 T 1 105

K. MacFarlane

 

**The 300-level courses build on the 200-level courses and have suitable prerequisites

CLASS 303 - Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquity *3 (3-0-0) 

Description: Examination of the nature of pre-Christian religious practices in antiquity.  The development from Archaic Greece to Late Antiquity of warfare, both in its technical aspects and as a political and socio-cultural phenomenon.  Pre-requisite:  Any CLASS 103, 104, or any CLASS course at the 200 level or above or HIST 295 or 296.

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FA19 72810 Lec A1 MWF 1300-1350 T 1 105 S. Stewart

CLASS 322 - Literature and Culture of the Roman World *3 (3-0-0)

Description: Representative works of Latin and Greek literature and their cultural context. All readings in English. Prerequisite: CLASS 102, 221 or consent of Department.

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W20 95766 Lec B1 MWF 1200-12050 T 1 90 K. MacFarlane

CLASS 330 - From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World *3 (3-0-0)

This class is on the list of approved UAlberta Global Courses that count towards the Certificate in International Learning.

Description: After the sudden death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, his commanders carved up his newly-acquired empire among themselves. No sooner had they done so, then these self-styled Successors to Alexander began to engage in decades of bloody internecine conflict, each of them attempting to wrest control of the empire as a whole from the others and rule it himself. When the death of the old warrior Antigonus the One-Eyed at the Battle of Ipsus made it clear that no one person would inherit Alexander’s empire, the Successors carved out personal kingdoms for themselves and developed new royal ideologies to justify and legitimize their rule, until eventually they were divided and conquered by the Roman juggernaut. We will examine a number of (related) historical questions: Was Alexander the Great poisoned? Who stole Alexander’s body? What happened to Alexander’s sons? Why did no one inherit Alexander’s empire? Why were all the Successors good-looking? What happened to the Athenian democracy under the Successors? What did the Greeks think of their Macedonian overlords? Why did the Ptolemies marry their sisters? Why were many of the Ptolemies obese? Can we distinguish fact from fiction in the love story of Antony and Cleopatra? Original documents will be read in translation.

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W20 96628 Lec B1 MWF 1000-1050 BUS B 5 F. Pownall

CLASS 355 - Topics in the Roman Civilization - *3 (3-0-0)

Prerequisite:are waived and this course is open to all.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the office of History and Classics histclass@ualberta.ca 

Topic Title: The Problem of Etruscan Arts  

Description: Etruscan Art is often treated as an afterthought in Histories of Art, not because it was unimportant, but because it won't fit into the grand narrative of the evolution of Classical Greek and Roman art. For successive generations of scholars Etruscan Art has been a "problem" they could not solve. In view of the powerful influence the Etruscans had in ancient Rome, this unsolved "problem" of Etruscan Art is a major issue in Western Art History. In this course we will take an in depth look at the enigmatic Etruscans and their art, and explore different solutions to the problems they pose.

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W20 90126 Lec B1 TR 1230-0150 T 1 90 S. Hijmans


CLASS 399/RELIG 309 - Topics in the Ancient World- *3 (3-0-0)

Note: There is no background knowledge needed for this course and prerequisties will be waived with consent.

*Taught in conjuction with RELIG 309

Topic Title:Ancient Near Eastern and Israelite Religion and Mythology

Description: This course will explore some of the greatest stories and mythologies of the ancient Near East.  We will begin by looking at the earliest surviving great work of literature.  The Epic of Gilgamesh.  From there, we will explore other influential ancient tests, such as Enuma Elish, Atra-Hasis, and the Tale of Aqhat (all while we analyze several important questions: What is mythology? And why does humanity find stories and mythology so important?

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W20 97669 Lec B1 MWF 0300-0350 T 1 190 P. Sabo

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.

 CLASS 400/505 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

Title: Ancient Slavery 

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W20 92848 Sem B1 MWF 1100-1150 T 2 32 C. Mackay

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

Prerequisite: CLASS 282 or 283 or consent of Department.

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

F 19 -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 578 - Topics in Roman Art *3 (0-3s-0)

Taught in conjunction with CLASS 478 Sem B1

Topic: Sol and Mithras: Cults of the sun in Ancient Rome

Description: When studying the religions of ancient Rome, the largest obstacle we face is the lack of data. Much was written in antiquity on religion, but very few of those ancient sources survive. Archaeological evidence for ancient cults is far more abundant, but what does it tell us? In this course we explore ways in which material remains (art, achitecture, etc.) can be studied as sources for religious beliefs and practices in ancient Rome. We will focus in particular on the cults of Mithras and the sun in Roman antiquity.

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Time

Location

Instructor

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

CLASS 498 - Individual Study of Literary Problems *3 (0-3s-0)

**Come to the department main office to obtain the consent form required

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F19 67756 Sem A1 Individual Study *Closed to web registration
W20 87870 Sem B1 Individual Study *Closed to web registration

 

CLASS 499 - Individual Study of Historial and Archeological Problems *3 (0-3s-0)

**Come to the department main office to obtain the consent form required.

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F19 67758 Sem A1 Individual Study *Closed to web registration
W20 87872 Sem B1 Individual Study *Closed to web registration

Graduate Level Courses

CLASS 500 - FOURTH-YEAR HONOURS TUTORIAL  *3 (0-3s-0)

Prerequiste: consent of the Department. Closed to Web registration.

**Come to the department main office to obtain the consent form required.

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Section


F19 67760 Sem A1 Individual Study
W20 88378 Sem B1 Individual Study

CLASS 501 - Research Methods and Resources in Classics  *3 (0-3s-0)

Prerequiste: consent of the Department. Closed to Web registration.

Taught in conjunction withHIST 602 Sem A1

Topic: Ancient Slavery

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Time

Location

Instructor

F19 70216 Sem A1 W 1200-1250 T 2 79 A. Kemezis


CLASS 505 - Topics in Culture and Society of Greco-Roman Antiquity  *3 (0-3s-0)

Prerequiste: consent of the Department. Closed to Web registration.

Taught in conjunction with CLASS 400 B1

Topic: Ancient Slavery

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Time

Location

Instructor

W20 92850 Sem B1 MWF 1100-1150 T 2 32 C. Mackay

CLASS 522 - Studies in Ancient History  *3 (0-3s-0)

Prerequiste: consent of the Department. Closed to Web registration.

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Time

Location

Instructor

F19 77114 Sem A1 W 1400-1650 TBA A. Kemezis


CLASS 578 - Topics in Roman Art *3 (0-3s-0)

Taught in conjunction with CLASS 478 Sem B1

Topic: Sol and Mithras: Cults of the sun in Ancient Rome

Description: When studying the religions of ancient Rome, the largest obstacle we face is the lack of data. Much was written in antiquity on religion, but very few of those ancient sources survive. Archaeological evidence for ancient cults is far more abundant, but what does it tell us? In this course we explore ways in which material remains (art, achitecture, etc.) can be studied as sources for religious beliefs and practices in ancient Rome. We will focus in particular on the cults of Mithras and the sun in Roman antiquity.

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Class

Section

Days

Time

Location

Instructor

F19 77857 Sem A1 T 1400-1650 T 1 119 S. Hijmans


CLASS 599 - Individual Study *3 (0-3s-0)

**Come to the department main office to obtain the consent form required.

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Section


F19 68442 Sem A1 Individual Study *Closed to web registration
W20 88630 Sem B1 Individual Study *Closed to web registration