Classes Offered

Fall 2021

CLAS 1101: Classical Mythology

Dr. C. Grundke
M/W/F: 14:35 - 15:25

This class will study various mythic texts from ancient Greece and Rome, with occasional attention to other nearby ancient cultures. Students will demonstrate competence in describing the content of specific myths as found in various primary sources, understanding the function of myth in expressing and shaping ancient cultural values, assessing the relationhips between specific myths or versions of the same myth, and the reception of myths in later societies. All primary texts will be read in English translation.

FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT NOTES: There will be 2 hours of lecture each week plus a 1 hour tutorial session
CROSS-LISTING: RELS 1101.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 1103.03; CLAS 2103.03; RELS 1201.03

CLAS 1600: Introductory Sanskrit - I

Dr. P. Dold
In Person Halifax - Details TBA
M/W/F: 14:35-15:25

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.

CROSS-LISTING: RELS 1600.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2001: Science in the Pre-Modern World

Dr. K. Fraser
M/W: 14:35-15:55

This course introduces key developments in pre-modern science. Fundamental concepts in the physical sciences, astronomy and cosmology are treated through the study of primary sources from antiquity (Near Eastern and Greco-Roman) and the medieval Islamic, Jewish and Christian cultures. We will be attentive to the wider cultural contexts in which science was pursued and to intersections between science and other ways of knowing (e.g., myth, magic, religion).

FORMAT: Lecture 
CROSS-LISTING: HSTC 2001
CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

CLAS 2010: Greek Literature in Translation

Dr. L. MacLeod
Online - SYNCHRONOUS SESSION
Online - ASYNCHRONOUS SESSION
W: 13:35 - 14:25

Beginning with the two great epic poems of Homer, this course will consider the poetic legacy of ancient Greece, by considering the evolution of many of the literary genres which remain the basis for poetry and prose today. Moving through the archaic, classical and Hellenistic periods of ancient Greek literary history, students will encounter epic and lyric poetry, tragic and comic drama, historical, medical, and philosophical prose, the Platonic dialogue, and the soaring oratory of the courtroom and assembly. In this course we examine twelve of ancient Greece's greatest authors, choosing a key text each week for discussion and close reading while also considering the social and political context for each. 

FORMAT: Seminar 
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 2000X/Y
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2214: Roots of Greek Civilization

Dr. E. Varto
W/F: 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.

FORMAT: Lecture and Discussion
EXCLUSIONS: HIST 2088.03

CLAS 2365: Philosophy on Trial

Dr. E. Diamond
M/W/F: 09:35-10:25

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.

FORMAT: Lecture 
CROSS-LISTING: RELS 2365PHIL 2365
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2401: Introductory Latin Part I

Dr. C. Grundke
M/W/F: 15:35-16:25

This is an introduction to Latin grammar and syntax designed to bring students with no previous knowledge of Latin to the point where they are able to read Latin prose authors with the help of only a dictionary.

NOTES: Completion of CLAS 2401.03 and CLAS 2402.03 satisfies the BA language requirement.
FORMAT: Lecture 
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 1800.06; CLAS 1801.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2505: Introductory Ancient Greek I

Dr. E. Diamond
M/W/F: 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.

NOTES: This course is the first part of the former full-year course CLAS 2500X/Y.06. This course description reflects the entirety of the pair (CLAS 2505.03 and CLAS 2506.03). CLAS 2505.03 and 2506.03 together fulfill the BA language requirement. 
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 1700; CLAS 2710, CLAS 2500X/Y.06
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2515: Myth into Film I: The Greek World

Staff
TR: 17:35-20:25

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

FORMAT: Lecture and Discussion
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3381: Medieval Philosophy from Augustine to Anselm

Dr. A. Griffin 
T/TR: 11:35-12:55

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. 

FORMAT: Lecture 
CROSS-LISTING: RELS 3381.03, PHIL 2381.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 3380X/Y.06, PHIL 2380X/Y.06
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3503: Aristotle

Dr. E. Diamond
T/TR: 16:05-17:25

Topic: Aristotle Ethics

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

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS/PHIL/RELS 2365 or CLAS/PHIL/RELS 2366 or CLAS/PHIL 2361 or CLAS/PHIL 2362, or permission from instructor
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3515: Greek Tragedy

Dr. L. MacLeod
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
M: 09:35 - 10:25

Greek tragedy was a product of the democratic society of fifth century Athens and played a vital role in the life of the community. This course explores the nature and development of the tragic genre through a study of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides in translation. The tragedies are examined as literary texts and in terms of their mythical background and cultural context. Topics to be studied include the conventions of the genre; the nature of tragic heroism; aspects of staging and performance; ancient & modern theories of tragedy.

PREREQUISITES: Students must be beyond first year.
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 3510X/Y.06
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3701: Intermediate Greek I

Dr. E. Varto
M/W/F: 11:35-12:25

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

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: 2505.03 & 2506.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 2700X/Y.06 CLAS 2701.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3795: Read & Research Seminars

H. Ilkay
M/W: 14:35-15:55

Topic: The Republic of Women

FORMAT: Seminar 
CREDIT HOURS: 3 

CLAS 3803: Intermediate Latin I

Dr. C. Grundke
M/W/F: 12:35-13:25

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.

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2402.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 2801.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4501: Seminar on Neoplatonism I

Dr. M. Fournier
M: 19:05-21:55

Topic: Macrobius’ Commentary on the Dream of Scipio

This course considers major texts in the history of Neoplatonism. Normally a single text is chosen from the works of authors from Plotinus to Cusa.

CROSS-LISTING: RELS 4501.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 4500.03, RELS 4500.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4781: Greek Texts: History I

Dr. E. Varto
T/TR: 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

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2702.03 or CLAS 3702
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 3781.03 and CLAS 3780X/Y.06
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4811: Latin Texts: Love and Violence

Dr. L. Roman
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS SESSION
T/TR: 15:05 - 16:25

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.

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2802; CLAS 3804
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 3810X/Y.06 and CLAS 3811.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

*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 3701 or CLAS 3803.