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Fall 2020

Fall 2020
CLAS 71800 Greek Orators
Prof. Danielle Kellogg, Mon 4:15 PM-6:15 PM, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room TBA
In this course, we will read one or more examples of oratorical works from Classical Athens in the original Greek. We will also read extensively from other ancient sources in translation and from a broad range of modern scholarship on Athenian oratory to examine the different types and purposes of oratory in Athens, as well as the social, historical, legal, and cultural milieux in which such speeches were transmitted. 
 
CLAS 80100 Proseminar in Classical Studies
Prof. Liv Yarrow, Mon. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room TBA
 This weekly seminar invites participants to think deeply and critically about the breadth of the field of classics and how both personal and shared ethics intersect with our methods and approaches.  A sample of possible weekly topics includes: (1) What is Classics? What’s wrong with “Western Civ”?; (2) Our Disciplinary Histories; (3) Race, Ethnicity and Reception Studies; (4) Gender, Politics and Classics; (5) Sexualities, Then and Now; (6) Disability Studies, Trauma Awareness, and Accessibility; (7) Intersections between Religions and Classics; (8) Material Culture and Cultural Heritage; (9) Papyrology and its Ethical Questions; (10) Numismatics and its Ethical Questions; (11) The Evolving field of Language Teaching and Language Textbooks; (12) demystifying Peer-Review and Role of Public Scholarship in the 21stCentury; (13) Researching in Community: Grants, Large Projects and the Ethics of Professional Collaboration and Interactions.  Throughout we will return repeatedly to the question of how to cultivate healthy mentee/mentor relationships and peer-to-peer support systems.  Alternate weekly topics may be developed in collaboration with enrolled students.  The seminar will have a limited number of guest participants, but will emphasize discussion of pre-circulated readings, over lecture-style presentations.  Students will have wide latitude in developing a final project appropriate to their individual career goals, this might be a traditional term paper, or could include such projects as developing future class curriculum, prepared a grant proposal or fellowship application, creating sample job market materials, writing abstracts for submission to various conferences, or preparing a previous term paper for submission to a journal for peer-review.
 
CLAS 81100 Managing Information (Greek Prose Texts)
Prof. Raffaela Cibriore, Tue. 4:15 PM: 6:15 PM, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A
This course will be based on Greek and Latin literary sources and on the papyri from Greek and Roman Egypt. It will give students notions of the paleography of literary Greek and Roman papyri and in general of literary papyrology in order to enable them to use some papyri. The course will inquire about the background of the creation, delivery, dissemination, and publication of literary texts. Among the questions this course will address are the following. Did ancient readers make notes and how did they use them in compiling their works? How can we explain the existence of different versions of some texts, for example of Plato, Dio or Lucian? What are the salient characteristics of extempore delivery and do they impact the widespread loss of declamations both Latin and Greek? In this course students will be exposed to texts and authors outside the mainstream. 

CLAS 82500 Greek & Roman Pastoral Poetry
Prof. John Van Sickle, Tue. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503
A seminar querying such critical metonyms as epic, bucolic & pastoral by deconstructing texts that dramatize relatedness, belatedness, reception, origin through metapoetic tropes stocking epic no more with heroes but with herders engaged with neither war nor animal husbandry but with love engendering originary craft thematized as country chore & song.
Brief look at bucolic memes in older epic as corralled by Sicilian Theocritus into idylls, which get rebranded into eclogue books at Rome: Virgil’s Book of Bucolics—ten eclogues—supplanting bucolic Sicily with pastoral Arcadia; then the book of Calpurnius—seven eclogues—‘Sicilian,’ anticipating books—bucolic, eclogue, pastoral—as tradition: flower of metapoetic tropes from Dante, Petrarch, Mantuan, Sannazaro, Spenser, Pope, Wortley-Montague, or Frost.
Texts may be studied in translations. Seminars, after introductory remarks, to develop by considering the texts. Intertextual relations further to be pursued in two short essays from bents peculiar to diverse readers: whether construing intertexts—Greek, Latin, Italian—philologically, rhetorically, theoretically of translation, or assaying translated texts from such standpoints as receptionistics, narratologism, cultural biastics, propagandism, courtiership, cognitive psychology & blending, metonymics, metaphorology: trahat sua quemque voluptas.

 CLAS 81800 What is Hellenistic Religion? (Texts, Archaeology, Epigraphy)
Prof. Barbara Kowalzig, Wed. 4:15 PM-6:15 PM, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A
‘Hellenistic religion’ used to be thought a stepping stone on the way to the monotheisms of the common area, with a focus on individual experience, spirituality and interiority, henotheism, and gradual erosion of communal ritual in the city. Recent research in Hellenistic history and epigraphy has entirely overturned this picture; we now understand that civic religion was alive and well, continuously adapting and transforming itself in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean of the Hellenistic empires while also developing new forms of religious experience, including a different role for emotions and the senses. Yet there is no study dedicated to the nature of religious change in this period. This course will seek to understand the character and degree of this transformation, while building on and developing existing theories of religious change. After introductory sessions on methods of studying Greek religion, current trends in Hellenistic history and theoretical approaches to religious change, we will use late-fourth century Athens under Lykourgos and the uses of the past in Hellenistic Athens as a starting point for investigating characteristic religious phenomena of the Hellenistic period, such as festival and spectacle culture in Asia Minor; polis-theoria and festival networks; the role of ritual, music and performance in the Hellenistic city; religion and social structure, especially women’s cults; euergetism and cult finance, priesthood sales, sacred laws (especially the new law from Marmarini). We will look at the relationship between old and new gods, i.e. ruler cult, royal authority and soteria; Alexandria and Athens; the Ptolemaic empire, Egyptian cults and the Aegean islands; the Seleucids and the Red Sea; and finally at gods and worshippers on the move transforming the Mediterranean’s cultic landscape, such the healing cults of Asklepius and especially the spread of Isis; foreign cult, religious associations and economic interaction; diaspora religions and multi-cultural emporia such as Delos, Rhodes, Demetrias; Phoenicians in a global Mediterranean; Hellenistic Judaism. Time allowing, we will also examine the relationship between religion and philosophy.
 
CLAS 72100 Statius, Achilleis
Prof. Alessandro Barchiesi, Wed. 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, 3 credit
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A
A seminar on the unfinished epic by Statius, the Achilleid: reading and discussion of the Latin text, accompanied by research papers presented by the participants.
The text is of interest for its later influence, especially in the medieval period in Western Europe, and for its historical positioning: composed in Imperial Rome at the end of Domitian's reign, around 93-95 CE, the Achilleid is a summa of the entire Greek and Roman tradition of poetry and mythology, archaic, Classical and Hellenistic, and a very innovative text, rich in experiments and subversive allusions.
Course requirements: reading knowledge of Classical Latin, interest in the Greek tradition.

CLAS 81900 Matter and Gender in Classical Antiquity
Prof. Emanuela Bianchi, Wed. 4:55 PM-7:35 PM
COLIT-GA 2502/CLASS-GA 2502
19 University Place, 318
In the face of the rising popularity of “new materialisms,” this class examines the emergence of the notion of “matter” in classical antiquity. In short, matter, from the Latin ‘materia’ (related to mater,mother) is transmitted from Aristotle’s Greek innovation hulĂȘ (literally, wood). We will undertake close readings of key ancient primary texts, including various Presocratics, Plato’s Timaeus, Aristotle’s Physics, Metaphysics, and Generation of Animals, and Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, tracing the discourses of materiality that arise in concert with tropes of sex and gender. The guiding question here is: what can matter’s genealogical ties to the feminine tell us about the materialization of bodies and genders? At the same time, we will attend to the topographies and texture of ancient thinking about nature and materiality more broadly. Alongside a narrative of “emergence” we will also consider hermeneutic questions – what are the ethico-political stakes of a “retrieval” of antiquity and how can we determine our relationship to these distant texts? And how does a consideration of ancient modes of thought help to enrich contemporary discourses of matter and gender? To help orient our study we will draw on contemporary thinkers including Irigaray, Kristeva, Loraux, Sallis, Cavarero, as well as critically engaging Bachofen’s 19th century conception of Mutterrecht. Some background knowledge of psychoanalytic theory is advised, as is knowledge of Greek, however all readings will be in translation.
 
 CLAS 70100 Greek Composition
Prof. Andrew Foster, Thu. 4:15 PM-6:15 PM
Fordham, Room TBA
This course provides an introduction to prose composition in ancient Greek, with particular attention on a variety of writing styles, grammar, and diction.
Note: Four-credit that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.
 
CLAS 75200 Digital Humanities in Classical Studies
Prof. Patrick Burns, Thu. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Fordham, Room TBA
This graduate seminar introduces students to the digital tools, resources, and methods used
inproducing publishable data-driven scholarship in classical philology and literary criticism.
The course provides a forum for students to develop hands-on skills in computer programming for
literary studies (using Python), focused primarily on string manipulation,
text mining and analysis,and data visualization, and with a strong emphasis on research design,
reproducibility andreplicability, and changing modes of scholarly communication in the Humanities.
The courseculminates in a series of Digital Classics "case studies," through which students
will be invited to usethe skills acquired in the course to reproduce landmark data-driven studies
in Classics by N. A.Greenberg, D. Packard, D. Clayman, and the Tesserae Project, among others.
The course has no prerequisites and is open to students with no prior programming experience.
While the case studies will be drawn largely from scholarship in Classics, the training acquired
in the class will be useful toany GSAS student at Fordham working with digitized corpora and textual data.
Moreover, studentswill have the opportunity to work on material in Latin, Ancient Greek,
English, and/or, with thepermission of the instructor, another language of their own choosing.