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Fall and Winter 2017/2018

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Dalhousie Classics Fall and Winter 2017/2018 Schedule

Fall 2017 

CLAS 1100/2100 (X/Y): Gods, Heroes and Monsters (Ancient Mythology)

Staff
MWF 14:35-15:25

An exploration of the stories that shaped the ancient world’s view of the divine, of human community, and of the natural world.  How did myths develop?  How did they survive in the Christian and Islamic worlds?  From literature to religion to philosophy and art, we explore the enduring appeal of the mythic imagination.This course fulfills the 1st Year Writing Requirement.

Introductory classes and the more elementary classes in ancient history and religions and classical philosophy do not require knowledge of the ancient languages. But students who plan to do advanced work in any of these areas are advised to begin study of the appropriate languages as early as possible.

CLAS 1801: Introduction to Latin Part I

Staff
MWF 1:35-2:25
Undertake the exploration of one of history’s most satisfying linguistic challenges: the iron language of the Emperors.

CLAS 2234: Death, Sex, and Gold in Ancient Rome

Dr. J. Mitchell
TR 13:05-14:25 

We will explore ancient Roman beliefs and practices concerning the afterlife, sexuality, the social duties of men and women, marriage, family life, and slavery. Gladiatorial games, funerals, brothels, temples, and markets are just some of the places at which Romans defined, defended, and denounced each others' identities as mortal, sexual, and economic players. A journey into often alien, always elusive, sometimes alluring aspects of the pre-Christian Mediterranean.

CLAS 2361: Ancient Philosophy: Thales to Plato

Dr. M. Fournier
MWF 11:35-12:25
 

This course covers the period in Ancient Philosophy from Thales to Plato: Pre-Socratics, Sophists, Minor Socratics, and selected Platonic dialogues.

CLAS 2500 (X/Y): Introductory Ancient Greek

Dr. L. MacLeod
MWF 10:35-11:25

The course is an introduction to ancient Greek language through the study of its basic grammar. No previous study or experience of Greek is required or expected. The aim of this course is to give students sufficient preparation to read basic passages of ancient Greek texts and to pursue further intermediate studies in ancient Greek. There are no prerequisites for this course; this is an introductory course.

CLAS 2700 (X/Y): Intermediate Greek

Dr. E. Diamond
MWF 12:35-13:25

This course is a continuation of the study of ancient Greek language at the intermediate level. It continues the study of the language begun introductory ancient Greek. In the course, students review and complete their study of Greek grammar before reading ancient Greek texts in their original language.

CLAS 2800 (X/Y): Intermediate Latin

MWF: 9:35-10:25 

This course is a continuation of Introductory Latin at the intermediate level. It is a study of the poetry and prose literature of Rome through a selection of texts. Particular attention is paid to improving the students' command of the grammar and syntax of the Latin language.

CLAS 3525: Ancient Greek Epic

Dr. L. MacLeod
TR 13:05-14:25
 

This course is designed to introduce students to the heroic epics of the Ancient Greek world. Texts are read in translation and will be selected from the works of Hesiod, Homer, and Apollonius of Rhodes. Topics to be discussed will include the cultural background of the Homeric world; the nature of oral poetry; oral vs. literate culture; conventions of the epic genre; the heroic code; the relationship between the human and divine world.

CLAS 3662: From Scepticism to Neoplatonism

Dr. M. Fournier
T 14:35-17:25
 

A study of philosophy in the Hellenistic Age. We will investigate the development of Greek and Roman Philosophy, focusing on Pyrrhonian and Academic Scepticism, as well as Middle Platonism. The course covers the logic, physics, and ethics of these philosophical schools, as well as their religious dimension.

CLAS 3741: Greek Texts: Tragedy I

Dr. L. MacLeod
W 11:35-14:25
 

A Greek reading course on tragedy, exploring the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and/or Euripides. Texts will be read in ancient Greek.

CLAS 3821: Latin Texts: Human and Divine

Dr. J. Mitchell
MWF 10:35-11:25
 

A reading course that solidifies the student's command of grammar and syntax while exploring the themes of the human and the divine in the works of authors such as Apuleius, Virgil, Ovid, and Horace. Texts will be read in Latin.

CLAS 4018: Christian Theology in Islamic Lands

Dr. A. Treiger
F 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.

CLAS 4050: Sappho

Dr. J. Mitchell
W 11:35-14:25 

Sappho is simultaneously one of the most famous ancient authors and one of the most problematic. Once acclaimed as the most sublime lyric poet of antiquity, even as the "tenth Muse," she reaches us in only a handful of intact poems (together with numerous fragments); therefore, in this class we will employ the full range of scholarly tools (aesthetic interpretation, historical-literary context, theories of performance, analysis of metre and dialect, papyrology) in attempting to assess both Sappho's mostly lost corpus and her legacy in the modern world.

Winter 2018 

CLAS 1802: Introduction to Latin Part II

Staff
MWF 1.35-2.25
Undertake the exploration of one of history’s most satisfying linguistic challenges: the iron language of the Emperors.

**Prerequisite: CLAS 1801

CLAS 2215: The Classical Greek World

T/TH 10:05-11:25

A history of Classical Greek culture from the rise of Athens and Sparta as the dominant Greek city-states to the fall of Athens in the Peloponnesian Wars and the death of Socrates. Topics to be discussed include the rise of democracy, the culture and society of the Athenian ‘Golden Ages’, drama, art and architecture, empire building, and the Greeks at war, first with the Persian Empire and then with each other. No knowledge of Greek is expected.

CLAS 2320: Panpsychism

Dr. M. Fournier
MWF 14:35-15:25

One of the most controversial new theories in consciousness studies is actually one of the oldest and most common ideas in the history of philosophy. Panpsychism, the view that mind is a fundamental feature of the physical world, goes back to Thales among the Greeks, and has numerous defenders in Hellenic, Hellenistic, late Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern philosophy. This class will begin from a consideration of contemporary arguments for panpsychism in Nagel, Chalmers, and Strawson before turning to explore panpsychist views from Thales to Leibniz.

CLAS 2366: Gods, Beasts, and the Political Animal

Dr. E. Diamond
MWF 13:35-14:25

We will study some of the most important Platonic dialogues and Aristotelian treatises, to understand the supremely influential views of Plato and Aristotle on divinity, nature, the human, and political community. We will examine the rejection of Platonic-Aristotelian idealism by Stoic, Epicurean and Skeptical schools. Subjects treated include ethics, politics, metaphysics, logic, aesthetics, and psychology.

CLAS 3413: Augustine's Confessions

W 19:05-21:55

A study of the 13 books of Augustine's Confessions.

CLAS 3505: Aristotle

Dr. E. Diamond
T 14:35-17:25
 

A careful reading of an Aristotelian treatise, or selections from several treatises. The treatise studied will vary from year to year .

CLAS 3516: Ancient Comedy

Dr. L. MacLeod
MW 11:35-12:55
 

Ancient Comedy ranges from the boisterous and bawdy plays of Old Comedy through the domestic and romantic ‘tragicomedies’ of Euripides to the boy-meets-girl stories of Greek and Roman New Comedy. This course examines the origins and development of the comic genre in the Greek and Roman world through a study of the plays of Aristophanes, Euripides, Menander, Plautus, and Terence in translation. It considers the nature of comedy and its function within society as well as the basic techniques and conventions of the genre itself. Topics to be studied include the ‘comic hero’; comic stereotypes; types of humor; the relationship between actor & spectator.

CLAS 3611: Jedis of Greco-Roman World

Dr. J. Mitchell
MW 9:35-10:55
 

The ancient art of oratory was an art of mind-control. In politics, in law, in love, success depended on the skillful use of rhetoric to persuade neutrals, rally friends, and demolish enemies. In this class, we will explore the historical development of Greek and Roman oratory, study the actual techniques ancient speakers employed both in phrasing and in argument, consider the causes of the decline of oratory in antiquity itself, and compare ancient oratory to oratory in our modern world. (No knowledge of ancient Greek or Latin is required.)

CLAS 3782: Greek Texts: History II

Dr. E. Varto
WF 10:05-11:25

A Greek reading course on historical texts, exploring the works of authors such as Herodotus, Thucydides, Lysias, and Plutarch. Texts will be read in ancient Greek.

CLAS 3822: Latin Texts: Myth and History

Dr. J. Mitchell
TR 13:05-14:25

A reading course that solidifies the student's command of grammar and syntax while exploring the themes of myth and history in the works of authors such as Apuleius, Livy, Virgil, and Horace. Texts will be read in Latin.

CLAS 4680: Reading & Research: Ovid

Dr. P. O'Brien
W 8:35-11:25
 

Fall and Winter 2016/2017

Registration for the 2016/2017 terms has ended. 

CLAS 1100/2100 (X/Y): Gods, Heros and Monsters: Ancient Mythology (Full Year)*

Dr P. O'Brien
MWF 14.35-15.25

An exploration of the stories that shaped the ancient world’s view of the divine, of human community, and of the natural world.  How did myths develop?  How did they survive in the Christian and Islamic worlds?  From literature to religion to philosophy and art, we explore the enduring appeal of the mythic imagination.This course fulfills the 1st Year Writing Requirement.

Introductory classes and the more elementary classes in ancient history and religions and classical philosophy do not require knowledge of the ancient languages. But students who plan to do advanced work in any of these areas are advised to begin study of the appropriate languages as early as possible.

CLAS 1600: Introductory Sanskrit I

Dr. Chris Austin
MWF 10.35-11.25

This course provides students with all the basic tools required for the study of Sanskrit, with a particular emphasis on basic Sanskrit grammar. Students will learn the Devanagari script, several common nominal forms and the basics of the verbal system, as well as develop a competency in basic reading and recitation.

CLAS 1800 (X/Y): Introductory Latin (Full Year)**

Staff
MWF 1.35-2.25

Undertake the exploration of one of history’s most satisfying linguistic challenges: the iron language of the Emperors.

**In order to fulfill all university credit requirements, students expecting to take an honours or combined honours degree in Classics should sign up for CLAS 2710.06 or CLAS 2810.06.

CLAS 2209: The Roman World from Constantine to Theodosius (312-395)

Dr. P. O'Brien
MWF 11.35-12.25


This course covers one of the most important periods of Roman history in which Christianity became the dominant religion in the empire and foreign peoples threatened the existence of the empire itself. There is no foreign language requirement.

CLAS 2214: Roots of Greek Civilization

Dr. Emily Varto
TR 10.05-11.25

A history of Archaic Greek culture from the Bronze Age palaces of Crete and Mycenae through the development of the Greek city-states. Topics to be discussed include prehistory, palaces and shipwrecks, art and archaeology, the world of Homeric poetry, archaic poetry and thought, colonization, and cultural interaction between the Greek world, the Near East, and Egypt. No knowledge of Greek is expected.

CLAS 2365: Philosophy on Trial

Dr. Eli Diamond
MWF 1.35-2.25



Socrates (469-399 BCE) never wrote a single word, but posed such threat to Athens that a jury put him to death for the alleged ethical corruption and impiety of his thought. This course will explore the revolutionary life and thought of Socrates, and consider whether the jury's decision against him was justified.

CLAS 2500 (X/Y): Introductory Ancient Greek (Full Year)**

Dr. Leona MacCleod
MWF 11.35-12.25


The course is an introduction to ancient Greek language through the study of its basic grammar. No previous study or experience of Greek is required or expected. The aim of this course is to give students sufficient preparation to read basic passages of ancient Greek texts and to pursue further intermediate studies in ancient Greek. There are no prerequisites for this course; this is an introductory course.

**In order to fulfill all university credit requirements, students expecting to take an honours or combined honours degree in Classics should sign up for CLAS 2710.06 or CLAS 2810.06.

CLAS 2700 (X/Y): Intermediate Ancient Greek (Full Year)

Dr. Emily Varto/ Dr. Eli Diamond
MWF 11.35-12.25

The challenge and reward of learning Ancient Greek continues as we complete our acquaintance with Greek grammar and read works by Lysias, Xenophon, and Plato.

CLAS 2700 (X/Y): Intermediate Latin (Full Year)

Dr M. Fournier
MWF 8.35-9.25


This course is a continuation of Introductory Latin at the intermediate level. It is a study of the poetry and prose literature of Rome through a selection of texts. Particular attention is paid to improving the students' command of the grammar and syntax of the Latin language.

CLAS 3283: Gods in the Flesh: Iamblichus and Anselm

Dr. Wayne Hankey
TR 1.05-2.25



Presents two opposed arguments for the union of divinity with the sensuous and human ("incarnation") and looks at one instance of how they meet: Iamblichus, On the Mysteries, Anselm, Why the God-man, Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind into God. We shall look at how these arguments bridge the pagan / Christian, philosophy/ theology/ religion, Orthodox / Catholic, and Greek / Latin divides.

CLAS 3381: Medieval Philosophy from Augustine to Anselm

Dr. Michael Fournier
TR 14:35-15.55


A study of texts, primarily within the Latin tradition from Augustine to Anselm, but including selected writings of the Pseudo-Dionysius. Three works will normally be read in their entirety: Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy; Dionysius, Mystical Theology; Anselm, Proslogion. The main interest is the use and transformation of the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and the Neoplatonists in this development. 

CLAS 3400(X/Y): Dialogues of Plato (Full Year)

Dr. Eli Diamond
M 3.05-5.55



This seminar involves the detailed study of a group of dialogues. The choice of dialogues varies from year to year.

CLAS 3434: Political Thought from Homer to Aristotle

Dr. Eli Diamond

MWF 10.35-11.25

This course will study the very beginnings of political thought with Greek poets, historians and educators, culminating in a careful investigation of the political writings of Plato and Aristotle. We will investigate philosophical questions about the origin of the state, the purpose of political community, the different kinds of regimes or constitutions, the common good, individual freedoms, revolution, war, wealth, poverty, and slavery.

CLAS 3661: Hellenistic Philosophy - Stoics and Epicureans

Dr. Michael Fournier
R 8.35-11.25

A study of philosophy in the Hellenistic Age. We will investigate the development of Greek and Roman philosophy after Aristotle, focusing on Stoicism and Epicureanism. The course covers the logic, physics, and ethics of these philosophical schools, as well as their religious dimension.

CLAS 3711: Greek Texts: Epic I

Dr. Leona MacLeod
R 11.35-2.25



A Greek reading course on epic, exploring the works of Homer and/or Hesiod. Texts will be read in Greek.

CLAS 3731: Greek Drama: Tragedy I

Dr. Leona MacLeod
MW 1.35-2.55

A study of the Greek tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in English translation.

CLAS 3781: Greek Texts: History I

Dr. Emily Varto
MWF 10.35-11.25

A Greek reading course on historical texts, exploring the works of authors such as Herodotus, Thucydides, Lysias, and Plutarch. Texts will be read in ancient Greek.

CLAS 3811: Latin Texts: Love and Violence

Dr. Peter O'Brien
MWF 12.35-1.25

A reading course that solidifies the student's command of grammar and syntax while exploring the themes of love and violence in the works of authors such as Cicero, Virgil, Catullus, and Horace. Texts will be read in Latin.

CLAS 4010: Islamic Philosophy - Al Ghazali

Dr. Alex Treiger
F 11.35-2.25

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) is one of the greatest Muslim thinkers of all time. This course is an introduction to his thought, focusing on al-Ghazali’s “two-tier” approach to theology – exoteric theology for the masses and esoteric theology for the select few – and on his attitude to Islamic philosophy and Islamic mysticism (Sufism).

CLAS 4500: Seminar on Neoplatonism (Full Year)

Dr. Wayne Hankey
W 7.05-9.55

This course will cover Proclu's On the Existence of Evils in the fall and Cusanus' De Li Non Aliud  in the winter. 

Winter Term 2017

CLAS 2027: Magic, Religion, and Philosophy

Dr. Michael Fournier
MWF 9.35-10.25

Reading the Greek Magical Papyri, as well as curse tablets and binding spells from ancient sources, we will explore the intersections of, and relations between, magic, religion, and philosophy in antiquity. The focus will be on both the practical and theoretical aspects of magic in the Greek and Roman worlds.

CLAS 2231: The Rise of Rome

Staff
MWF 11.35-12.25



How did a little village conquer the world? This course follows Rome's gradual expansion across Latium, Italy, and finally the whole Mediterranean. Questionable myths, aggressive literature, fiery rhetoric, and political propaganda complement the archaeological record as we trace the development and decadence of Republican institutions and the Republic's descent into shattering civil war. Class tensions, continuous foreign conflict, and still famous figures like Brutus, Cato, Cicero, and Caesar feature prominently in this vigorous study of a paradigmatic political and social problem: the destiny of Republican Rome. Students will be expected to familiarise themselves with both primary and secondary materials, but no knowledge of Latin is required. The material covered in this course is continued in CLAS 2232 / HIST 2091.

CLAS 2600: Introductory Sanskrit II

Dr. Chris Austin
MWF 10.35-11.25

This course develops further the basic grammar and vocabulary of Introductory Sanskrit I, emphasizing the basic past tense verbal systems, participial formations, and translation of simple Sanskrit texts

CLAS 3382: Medieval Philosophy from Arabic and Jewish thinkers to Aquinas

Dr M Fournier
TR 08.35-11.25


A study of texts, primarily within the Latin tradition from Augustine to Anselm, but including selected writings of the Pseudo-Dionysius. Three works will normally be read in their entirety: Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy; Dionysius, Mystical Theology; Anselm, Proslogion. The main interest is the use and transformation of the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and the Neoplatonists in this development. 

CLAS 3602: Ancient and Medieval History of the Persianate World

Dr C Mitchell
TR 13.05-14.25

This course is dedicated to studying those periods from antiquity to the medieval age where parts of Asia were influenced and defined by the Persian language and culture (i.e. Iran, the Caucasus, the Steppe, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, Anatolia, South Asia). This course will begin with examining the Aryan invasions of the 2nd Millenium B.C.E., and the eventual establishment of the Median and Achaemenid empires in the 7th - 6th centuries B.C.E. The Persian Wars between the Persians and the Greeks, culminating with Alexander the Great's invasion and the establishment of a Perso-Hellenistic state in the 4th century B.C.E. will be studied along with various issues associated with ancient Iran and Central Asia (Zoroastrianism, Manicheanism, Nestorian Christianity, Buddhism) during the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian periods. This course will also examine the impact of the Arab Muslim invasions on Iran and Central Asia in the 7th, 8th, and 9th centuries, and the contribution of Persian civilization to the growth and success of Islam during the Abbasid period (750-1258). Strong emphasis will be placed on examining various aspects of Persianate culture, namely poetry, literature, art, architecture, philosophy, and mysticism in the medieval period. 

 

CLAS 3712: Greek Texts: Epic II

Dr. Leona MacLeod
R 11.35-2.25



A Greek reading course on epic, exploring the works of Homer and/or Hesiod. Texts will be read in Greek.

CLAS 3732: Greek Drama: Tragedy II

Dr. Leona MacLeod
MW 1.35-2.55

A study of the Greek tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in English translation.

CLAS 3761: Greek Texts: Philosophy I

Dr. Eli Diamond
MW 8.35-9.55




A Greek reading course on philosophical texts, exploring the works of authors such as Plato and Aristotle. Texts will be read in ancient Greek.

CLAS 3812: Latin Texts: War and Peace

Dr. Peter O'Brien
MWF 12.35-1.25

A reading course that solidifies the student's command of grammar and syntax while exploring the themes of love and violence in the works of authors such as Cicero, Virgil, Catullus, and Horace. Texts will be read in Latin.

CLAS 4060: Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy

Dr. Wayne Hankey
TR 1.05-2.25

Boethius's Consolation is a strange example of Menippean satire, which is itself a strange genre. This class will consider the poetry, the prose and, most significantly, how these elements are combined in order to achieve the goal of the work, which is to offer consolation to the reader.

CLAS 4401: Philosophy of the Greek Church Fathers

Dr. Alex Treiger
MWF 12.35-13.25

This seminar involves the detailed study of a text, or group of texts, from one or more of the Greek Church Fathers. The choice of text varies from year to year, in relation to the needs and interests of students.

CLAS 4540: Ammianus and his World

Dr. Peter O'Brien
W 9.05-11.55

This course approaches the history and culture of the fourth century AD through its most important historian, Ammianus Marcellinus. The course will focus on (but not be limited to) a careful study of Books 14-25 of the Res Gestae, which span the reign of Ammianus' hero, Julian the Apostate.

*Introductory classes and the more elementary classes in ancient history and religions and classical philosophy do not require knowledge of the ancient languages. But students who plan to do advanced work in any of these areas are advised to begin study of the appropriate languages as early as possible.

**In order to fulfill all university credit requirements, students expecting to take an honours or combined honours degree in Classics should sign up for CLAS 2710 or CLAS 2810.