2020-21 Classics Courses


See the course advertisements below for some of our exciting upcoming online courses for Winter 2021

The full course schedule for Fall and Winter 2020-21 is now available on WebAdvisor. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Registration for Fall and Fall/Winter courses is closed, but you may still register for Winter courses.

Questions about how a course will run? Whether you need to be ready to meet “live,” and when? Email the course instructor!


Women and the Family in Greece and Rome


Winter 2021 | MW, 4:00-5:15pm | Nexus+

Dr. Melissa Funke

This course is a chronological introduction to the study of women and the family in the ancient Greek and Roman world, with a focus on Athens and Rome in the late Republic and early Empire. Learn about depictions of women and the family in myth, kinship institutions, marriage, the family as an economic unit, relations within the family, and women in law, politics, religion, sport, and literature.

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History of Classical Greece


Winter 2021 | MW, 2:30-3:45pm | Nexus+

Dr. Melissa Funke

Trace the history of Greece from the beginning of the fifth century BCE until the rise of Macedon in the mid-fourth century BCE. Learn about the social, political and economic evolution of the Greek city-states (in particular Athens and Sparta), the Greeks' failure to achieve political unity, cultural transformations, periods of warfare, and the Greeks' consequent vulnerability to external threats.

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Staging Greek & Roman Drama


Winter 2021 | TuTh, 2:30-3:45pm | Nexus+

Dr. Melissa Funke


Examine the surviving texts of Greek and Roman tragedies and comedies, the remains of ancient theatres, contemporary accounts of dramatic performance and relevant artwork. Learn about the recreation of an ancient theatrical experience through stage configuration, scenery, masks, costumes, properties, gestures, dance, song, mechanical devices and stage convention.

In addition to their written work, students are expected to participate in demonstrations and performances.

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Introduction to Classical Literature I


Winter 2021 | TuTh, 10:00-11:15am | Nexus+

Dr. Victoria Austen


Homer's Odyssey is a story of greetings and farewells, homecomings and departures, laughter and tears. Starting from a study of the Odyssey, this course traces emotions, gender relations, and human mortality across an assortment of works from the Ancient Mediterranean world. Read texts in English translation from Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire, in verse and prose, and across a range of genres.

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Greek & Latin in Today's English


Winter 2021 | MW, 4:00-5:15pm | Nexus+

Dr. Christopher Lougheed

Of the 20,000 words in common use in English, about half have come from Latin, and Greek, too, has made its contribution. Examine the Greek script, principles of transliteration, medical and scientific Greek, words from Greek mythology and society, Roman numerals, legal Latin, abbreviations of Latin words in common use, Latin mottoes and proverbs, and unusual plural forms in English.

No knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.

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Ancient Slavery


Winter 2021 | MWF, 8:30-9:20am | Nexus+

Dr. Pauline Ripat

Recognition of the impact of the continuous practice of slavery is critical for understanding Greek and Roman history, society, and literature. This course addresses the important roles slaves played in all areas of life (from the family to the economy); modes of resistance (from flight to rebellion); the methods and consequences of manumission; and how the concept of slavery shaped Greek and Roman intellectual life and political action.

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Provinces and Subjects: Roman Britain


Winter 2021 | MWF, 8:30-9:20am | Nexus+

Dr. Victoria Austen


This course focuses on the province of Roman Britain by drawing upon both ancient literary evidence and material culture. Throughout the course, students will examine the complex intersections of military invasions, imperial conquest, popular resistance, and tribal rebellion, as well as the interdependent threads of socio-cultural, economic, and political transformation that comprised the province's history under Roman rule.

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Eras: Augustan Rome


Winter 2021 | TuTh, 4:00-5:15pm | Nexus+

Dr. Victoria Austen

The age of Augustus was a time of tremendous change in Rome, Italy, and throughout the Mediterranean world. Many developments were underway when Augustus took charge, but a recurring theme is the direct role he played in shaping their direction. This course examines Augustan Rome from all angles - political and social history, religion, literature, and art and architecture - in order to immerse students in one of the most pivotal periods in world history.

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