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Spring 2015

CLAS 70200 Latin Rhetoric and Stylistics
Prof. Matthew McGowan
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

This course offers an introduction to composition in Latin and a survey of prose styles from Cato the Elder to the Vulgate. Each week we will tackle a different genus scribendi and review individual points of syntax and stylistics via practice exercises and free composition. It is hoped that by the end of the course students will have gained a deeper knowledge of Latin sentence structure and idiom and a greater appreciation for a broad range of prose styles in Latin. There will be weekly assignments (pensa) that will include sentences for translation and free composition. There will also be weekly reading assignments from E.C. Woodcock's A New Latin Syntax and from other scholars analyzing a particular author's style. The scholarly essays will provide the background for the brief report (= breviarium, c.15 mins.) that every student will be asked to do at least once over the course of the semester. In addition, each week we will read select passages from D.A. Russell's Anthology of Latin Prose (Oxford).

Required Texts (all available on Amazon):
D.A. Russell, Anthology of Latin Prose (Oxford)
E.C. Woodcock, A New Latin Syntax
Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar by B. Gildersleeve and G. Lodge

CLAS 71200 Plato, Symposium & Phaedrus
Prof. David Sider
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3305

The two dialogues to be read in Greek are both about love, Symposium and Phaedrus, which will be read for their literary selves, but also put into a wider Platonic context. Buy Dover's Symposium (from ABEBooks) and Yunis' Phaedrus (9780521612593). If you can't find Dover's edition, buy Bury's (from ABE). For the first day, please read Plato's Lysis in English.

Buy these books on your own:
Plato, Symposium, ed. K.J. Dover, Cambridge, ISBN 9780521295239 (currently unavailable, but copies should be available soon).

Plato, Phaedrus, ed. H. Yunis, Cambridge, ISBN 9780521612593

Buy them both directly from Cambridge University Press ( Or try Amazon or, for used copies,

For the first day, read Plato's Lysis in any translation (or the original).

Two other books to have at hand or own:
Smyth's Greek Grammar and Denniston's Greek Particles.

CLAS 71800 War, Diplomacy, and Finance 323-30 BC
Prof. Andrew Monson
Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to some problems and trends in the study of Mediterranean states during the Hellenistic period. The emphasis will be on politics and interstate relations among the major powers: Macedonia, Seleucid Asia, Ptolemaic Egypt, Rome, and Carthage. Unlike during the preceding and succeeding periods, when one world empire dominated its periphery (i.e. Achaemenid Persia and Imperial Rome), at least half of this period was characterized by incessant warfare between similarly sized states. The main questions we will address are: what drove these states to go to war, how did they prepare for and finance their wars, and what were the effects on social and economic life. We will also consider the mechanisms of pan-Mediterranean integration during this period of conflict, including imperial expansion, diplomacy, and trade.

CLAS 72100 Lucretius
Prof. Leo Landrey
Thursday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404
Course description to follow

CLAS 72800 Polytheism(s) and Society in the Ancient World
Prof. Barbara Kowalzig
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

The peoples of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East perceived their world as full of gods. Yet overarching and comparative theories of polytheism are remarkably few. While the study of Greek polytheism is certainly among the more developed, it is often implicitly taken as the norm against which other polytheistic cultures are compared. After introducing theories of polytheism from the late 19th century via French structuralism to the most recent approaches, this course will examine ancient polytheistic cultures in relation to their social structure and hierarchy on the one hand, economic organizations, geography and resources on the other. Taking as a starting point Herodotus' and other Greco-Roman writers' ideas of the easy translatability of gods in a tolerant, flexible 'universal polytheism' (Robert Parker) from within which each culture only worshipped a selection, we will study the religious systems of Egypt, Phoenicia and Canaan, Mesopotamia, the Hittites, the Thracians and Skythians on the Black Sea, Etruscans and Romans. While on aim is to identify what, if anything, makes Greek polytheism distinctive, many features may be better understood as arising from the intercultural context in which they operated, including, for example, the nature of the pantheon and conceptions of the divine; interpretatio syncretism, anthropomorphism and theriomorphism, the relationship between religious and economic geographies, henotheism of the Hellenistic period; and, the aggregative and flexible nature of ancient polytheisms that made them such efficient religious systems in a multi-cultural environment. Time allowing, we will also address the relationship of early Christian monotheism to the polytheistic cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.

CLAS 74300 Roman Architecture
Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 8203
(cross-listed with MALS 74400 and ART 72000)

In the Roman world, buildings functioned as loci of social discourse and were often imbued with complex political meanings. The architecture produced during the Roman Republic and Empire was exceptional and innovative for its use of technology and design. This seminar course introduces students to the major types of architectural monuments of the Roman world, as well as to the important theoretical and scholarly debates in the field. The built environment, including gardens, was also integral to the conception and experiences of Roman architecture and it will also be examined. There will be an emphasis on provincial examples of Roman Architecture in order to understand the diversity of architecture in the Roman world, and how provincial architecture related to examples in the city of Rome. Lastly, the course will consider the reception of Roman Architecture in New York City in order to understand the lasting influence of Roman buildings and their reinterpretation in contemporary times.

CLAS 81100 Greek Hymns
Prof. Dee Clayman
Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3305

In this course we will survey a wide range of ancient Greek hymns with an emphasis on literary hymns, but not neglecting hymns used in actual cult found in inscriptions and on papyri. Readings will include the principal Homeric Hymns to Demeter, Apollo, Hermes and Aphrodite; Sappho to Aphrodite and Hera; Pindar's 9th Paian; hymns associated with healing cults at Epidaurus including hymns to the Mother of the Gods, to Pan, and All the Gods; some philosophic hymns like Aristotle's Hymn to Virtue, and Cleanthes' Hymn to Zeus; hymns in tragedy and comedy; and Callimachus' Hymns to Zeus, Apollo, Artemis, Delos, Aphrodite and Demeter. All readings will be in Greek and students will translate selected passages in class. In discussion we will consider the relation of hymns to Greek cult and society, as well as performance and venues for performance.

Students will be expected to make oral presentations in class and to write a research paper on a related topic.

Texts and commentaries:

D'Alessio, G.B. (ed.). 2007. Callimaco. 4th ed. 2 vols. Classici della BUR. Milan: Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli.
Furley, W.D. and Bremer, Jan Maarten, Greek Hymns: vol. 2. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
Richardson, N.J. (ed.). 2010. Three Homeric hymns: To Apollo, Hermes, and Aphrodite: Hymns 3,4, and 5. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Richardson, N.J. (ed.). 1978. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

CLAS 81800 Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War
Prof. Jennifer T. Roberts
Monday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3307

In this course we will examine Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War in its historical context, studying Thucydides as a historian, a philosopher of history, and a political scientist. We will study both the narrative portions of Thucydides' text and the nature and function of the speeches it contains. Because the text is so long, parts will have to be read in English. Supplementary readings will be from Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Xenophon's Hellenica as well as from secondary scholarship.

Students will do one or two oral presentations and write a term paper.

Required texts

Oxford Classical Text of Thucydides, both volumes:
Volume I,  ISBN-10: 0198145500
ISBN-13: 978-0198145509
Volume 2, ISBN-10: 0198145519
ISBN-13: 978-0198145516

Thucydides, The Landmark Thucydides, ed. Robert Strassler (Free Press, 1998)
ISBN-10: 0684827905
ISBN-13: 978-0684827902

Aristophanes, Lysistrata, trans. Douglass Parker (Signet, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0451531248
ISBN-13: 978-0451531247

Xenophon, A History of My Times, ed. G. Cawkwell, trans. Rex Warner (Penguin, 1979)
ISBN-10: 0140441751
ISBN-13: 978-0140441758


Augustine's Confessions
Prof. Stephen Grover
Thursday, 11:45 am-1:45 pm, 4 credits
Graduate Center, Room TBA
(for course description see Philosophy program website)

First day of classes
CUNY, January 28
NYU, January 26
Fordham, January 12