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Fall 2015

CLAS 70100 Greek Rhetoric and Stylistics
Prof. Raffaella Cribiore
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

The foremost goal of  this course is to learn to read Greek prose well. There are going to be grammatical exercise each week accompanied by the reading of some works such as Plato's Apology. In the later part of the course students will attempt to translate longer texts.

CLAS 71100 Greek Orators
Prof. Andrew Foster
Thursday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

This course is a survey of Greek forensic, deliberative, and epideitic rhetoric of the 5th and 4th centuries. Students will read, analyze and discuss both "free-standing" and "embedded" speeches arranged diachronically. In addition to considering written speeches as a residual artifacts of specific performance contexts, we will explore how each exhibits the shared codes and conventions of an emergent literary genre. This course will help students better comprehend and appreciate normative Greek prose while they will hone their critical and communicative skills by undertaking a variety of brief analytical exercises that will culminate in an oral presentation and paper. In addition the course will assist students preparing for their Greek translation examination as many of the assigned works (e.g. Gorgias' Helen; Thucydides 2.35-64, Lysias 1, 12, Demosthenes' Philippics) are reading list requirements.

CLAS 71200 Homer's Odyssey
Prof. Jinyo Kim
Monday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 8202

The primary aim of this class is to try to understand and appreciate the poetry of the Odyssey in the context of Homeric scholarship. Topics for examination include: poetic traditions (heroic, non-heroic, Near-Eastern), aspects of composition (significant repetition, similes, allusion), moral issues (actions of humans, Poseidon, Zeus) and the narrative and thematic structure (Telemachus' journey, Odysseus' journey to Hades, the ending of the poem).

CLAS 72100 Seneca's Tragedies
Prof. Leo Landrey
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

We will read approximately five tragedies, with an eye on the questions of poetics, politics, adaptation, performance context, mythography, and philosophy.

CLAS 73400 Cognitive Theory and Classics
Prof. Peter Meineck
Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

The course examines how cognitive science, cognitive theoretical approaches and neuroscience is being applied to the study of the ancient world. We will explore new approaches ancient material culture, performance and literature, aesthetics, language and linguistics, ancient concepts of the mind and social psychology. No specialized knowledge of the cognitive science is required. The class will involve guest speakers, field trips, one research paper and a final presentation.

CLAS 74100 Cleopatra between East and West: Archaeology of the
Twilight of the Ptolemies

Prof. Joan Connelly
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

CLAS 74200 Alexander's Legacy: The art of Hellenistic kingdoms from Sicily to Afghanistan
Prof. Rachel Kousser
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3421
cross-listed with ART 72000

While most surveys of Hellenistic art focus on Greece itself, this class looks more broadly at the ancient Mediterranean from the conquests of Alexander through the death of Kleopatra. It pays particular attention to the intersection of indigenous and imported artistic traditions in the main Hellenistic kingdoms - Anatolia, Egypt, Sicily, the Near East, and Macedonia - as well as the creation of a shared, Mediterranean-wide visual language. The class examines both well-known monuments (e.g., the Great Altar of Pergamon) and the new material derived from recent excavations, for instance those of the harbor of Alexandria.

CLAS 75200 Professional Development Workshop
Prof. Dee Clayman
Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 1 credit
Graduate Center, Room 8202
CUNY Level 3 students only

This workshop is open only to CUNY students at level three or those who expect to be there during the fall 2015. It will address the professional development needs of those who anticipate depositing their dissertations in 2016 or 2017. Topics will focus on preparing for the job search inside and outside the academy and finishing the dissertation. Students will practice preparing their resumes and modifying them for various job opportunities, writing effective cover letters, choosing recommenders, creating a statement of teaching philosophy and documenting teaching experience. We will also do practice interviews. Other topics will include overcoming obstacles to finishing the dissertation, and choosing suitable venues for early publication. Throughout the semester we will work closely with the office of Career Planning and Professional Development. Depending on the needs of the participants, we may meet more often in the early part of the semester to stay ahead of the calendar of the APA's placement bureau.

CLAS 81100 Sophoclean Poetics
Prof. David Schur
Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 8202

This course will focus on the literary interpretation of Sophocles' Greek. Our central task will be to develop and share methodologically informed analyses of particular episodes and passages in the plays. We will familiarize ourselves with thematic and verbal preoccupations that run through the surviving plays, and acquaint ourselves with the landscape of Sophoclean scholarship. As the semester progresses, students will present (and write) close interpretations of passages from Sophocles that they find relevant to their own scholarly pursuits.

First day of classes
CUNY, Thursday, August 27
NYU, Wednesday, September 2
Fordham, Wednesday, September 2