The advanced study of a specific topic in Mediterranean civilizations or literature. Recent courses have treated such topics as Plato on Love and Pleasure, Gender in the Greek and Roman World, Damnation and Salvation, Socrates--The Mind and the Myth, Great Archaeological Discoveries, Greek and Roman Law, and Ancient History and Film. May be repeated for credit with topic changes. Information on upcoming topics courses can be found on the departmental Web page.
Current Semester InformationShannan Stewart
This course explores the city of Troy in the context of history, archaeology, myth, and modern popularity. The course will first examine the goals, motivations, and methods of the archaeologists who have uncovered Troy and contributed to the ongoing discussion of its place in history. The course will next survey the archaeological remains of the ancient city from its earliest occupation in the Bronze Age through its final abandonment in the Byzantine Period, focusing our attention on the conclusions, interpretations, and especially controversies inspired by the material and its excavators. Finally, the course will consider the memory of Troy, specifically its place in the ancient and modern consciousness, its meaning as myth, its use as propaganda, and its persistence in art and literature.
300B: Tps:What is Beauty?
Topics: What is Beauty? Greek and Roman Aesthetics
Does beauty exist only in the beholder's eye, as an objective fact, as an emanation of the eternal? Plato on the beautiful-good, Aristotle on mimesis and catharsis, and Longinus on the sublime--this course will explore such ancient Greek and Roman theories of art and beauty. We will also trace how ancient definitions of beauty and ancient aesthetic concepts of mimesis, catharsis, and the sublime influence some post-classical artists and thinkers. No prior knowledge of Greek and Roman literature and culture is required for this course.