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Classes Offered

For more information please consult the Departmental Graduate Handbook or the Dalhousie Graduate Calendar.

Fall Term 2015

CLAS 5030X: Seminar on Latin Literature I: Augustan Poetry & Prose (Full-Year)

Dr P. O'Brien
MWF 13.35-14.25
McCain 2170

A study of selected texts of poetry and prose with an emphasis on the Augustan period. Authors studied may include Virgil, Ovid and Livy, among others. The class is primarily intended to strengthen students' command of Latin language, but attention is given to literary and historical matters as well.

 

 

 

CLAS 5034X: Seminar on Greek Literature (Full-Year)

Dr L. MacLeod
R 12.35-15.25
McCain 1184

CLAS 5042: Reading and Research - Authors Outside the Canon

Dr J. Mitchell
R 12.35-15.25
McCain 1184

We know and love our ancient canon, but how did it come into existence?  Who was left in, and who was left out?  In this seminar, we will not only consider the process of canon-formation but also examine the works of ancient authors seldom even named in a university environment: the bad, the fragmentary, and the surprisingly interesting.

CLAS 5070: The Confessions

Dr W. Hankey
TR 14.35-15.55
McCain 2190

This course approaches the thought of St. Augustine through a study of various literary, philosophical and spiritual aspects of his "Confessions". 

CLAS 5701X: Medieval Interpretations of Aristotle (Full Year)

Dr W. Hankey
W 18:55-21:55
McCain 1184

This course considers Latin philosophical texts of the Middle Ages. This year's topic is Aristotle's De Anima, with commentary from Aquinas and Diamond.

 

 

Winter Term 2016

CLAS 5680: Myth and Inquiry - Homer to Herodotus

Dr E. Varto
R 12.35-15.25
McCain 2116

In this seminar course students will investigate how ancient Greeks conceived of their past in the formative period between Homer and Herodotus. Through reading ancient texts in multiple genres (poetry, genealogy, mythography, geography, and history), students will explore the concepts of myth, inquiry, mythico-history, and historiography as they appear in ancient Greek writing and thinking about the past. (Undergraduates will read ancient texts in English translation; graduate students will read in the original ancient Greek).

 

CLAS 5818: Christian Theology in Islamic Lands - John of Damascus

Dr G. Thorne
W 11.35-14.25
McCain 2130

John of Damascus (d. 749) is one of the greatest Christian theologians of the Patristic age. Though he wrote in Greek, he was a Christian Arab (his Arabic name is Mansur ibn Sarjun), who lived under Muslim rule and was employed as a public official in the Umayyad administration in Damascus. The course will focus on his theological works (especially his summa of Christian theology, entitled On the Orthodox Faith, and his three treatises in defence of the icons), their Christian sources, and their Islamic context.

 

 

Fall Term 2014

CLAS 5030X: Seminar on Latin Literature I: Augustan Poetry & Prose (Full-Year)

Dr P. O'Brien
MWF 13.35-14.25
McCain 2170

A study of selected texts of poetry and prose with an emphasis on the Augustan period. Authors studied may include Virgil, Ovid and Livy, among others. The class is primarily intended to strengthen students' command of Latin language, but attention is given to literary and historical matters as well.

 

CLAS 5034X: Seminar on Greek Literature (Full-Year)

Dr L. MacLeod
R 12.35-15.25
McCain 1184

CLAS 5042: Ancient Media: from Bard to Manuscript

Dr J. Mitchell
T 12:35-15:25
McCain 1184

 

 

CLAS 5612: From Scepticism to Stoicism

Dr M. Fournier
R 10:05-12:55
McCain 1184

An examination of the nature of knowledge and perception in the philosophy of Plotinus. 

 

 

CLAS 5701X: Mediaeval Interpreters of Aristotle: Eriugena's Periphyseon (Full Year)

Dr W. Hankey
W 19:05-21:55
McCain 1184

We shall work through Eriugena's Periphyseon. Our aim will be to enter its argument as fully as possible treating it as an urgently demanding philosophical and theological reasoning. Largely, though not exclusively, by way of 20th and 21st century French philosophers and theologians, we will attempt understand the manifold ways it communicates with present day philosophy and theology.

 

 

CLAS 5708: Patristic Greek

Dr A. Treiger
R 14:05-16:25
McCain 1184

An introduction to Patristic Greek, with emphasis on analytical reading skills and theological themes. Readings are selected from the Septuagint and the Greek Church Fathers and will focus on the story of Paradise and Fall. 

 

 

Winter Term 2015

CLAS 5555: Reading and Research - Catullus

Dr P. O'Brien
T 13:35-16:25
McCain 1184

 

 

CLAS 5614: Aristotle

Dr E. Diamond
T 9:05-11:55
McCain 1178

Through a careful study of Aristotle's Physics, we will be striving to understand the purpose, structure, and argumentation of that treatise, as well as to get an overall sense of the Aristotelian philosophy. Topics addressed include structural form and matter in sensible beings, natural causation, teleological vs. mechanical explanation, chance, motion, time, space, void, infinity, and ancient scientific method. 

 

 

Fall Term 2013

CLAS 5030X: Seminar on Latin Literature I: Augustan Poetry & Prose (Full-Year)

Dr P. O'Brien
MWF 13.35-14.25
McCain 2170

A study of selected texts of poetry and prose with an emphasis on the Augustan period. Authors studied may include Virgil, Ovid and Livy, among others. The class is primarily intended to strengthen students' command of Latin language, but attention is given to literary and historical matters as well.

 

CLAS 5034X: Seminar on Greek Literature (Full-Year)

Dr L. MacLeod
R 12.35-15.25
McCain 1184

CLAS 5540: Ammianus and his World

Dr P. O'Brien
T 13.35-16.25
McCain 2017

CLAS 5818: Christian Theology in Islamic Lands: John of Damascus

Dr A. Treiger
W 11.35-14.25

John of Damascus (d. 749) is one of the greatest Christian theologians of the Patristic age. Though he wrote in Greek, he was a Christian Arab (his Arabic name is Mansur ibn Sarjun), who lived under Muslim rule and was employed as a public official in the Umayyad administration in Damascus. The course will focus on his theological works (especially his summa of Christian theology, entitled On the Orthodox Faith, and his three treatises in defence of the icons), their Christian sources, and their Islamic context.

Winter Term 2014

CLAS 5021: Special Topics: Sophocles

Dr L. MacLeod
T 12.35-15.25
McCain 2132

CLAS 5042: Reading & Research Latin Literature II: Seneca's De Clementia

Dr M. Fournier
T 16.05-18.55
McCain 2118


CLAS 5819: Philo Judaeus (Plato & Moses)

Dr W. Hankey
W 19.05-21.55
McCain 1184

Reconciling Jewish Scripture and Plato, Philo culminates Second Temple Jewish thought and founds the Christian treatment of Scripture. He is the most influential Jewish theologian and presents the High Priest as priest of the cosmos so he is crucial both to understand our past and to carry us into the future.