Classes Offered

Winter 2020

CLAS 2026: Paganism

Dr. J. Mitchell
ONLINE - ASYNCHRONOUS SESSION

"Pagan" originated as a derogatory Christian designation for ignorant conservative rustics who kept to the pre-Christian religions. We shall look at those religions in their origins, nature, and development in antiquity, their continuations in the Middle Ages and modernity, and their persistence and revival in the contemporary world.

FORMAT: Lecture and Discussion
CROSS-LISTING: HIST 2016.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2215: Classical Greek World: Athens, Sparta, and a Century of Conflict

Dr. E. Varto
ONLINE - ASYNCHRONOUS SESSION

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.

FORMAT: Lecture and Discussion
CROSS-LISTING: HIST 2016.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2231: The Rise of Rome: Consuls, Classes, and World Conquest

Dr. C. Grundke
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
M/W/F: 13:35 - 14:25

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

FORMAT: Lecture and Discussion
CROSS-LISTING: HIST 2090.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

CLAS 2402: Introductory Latin Part II

Dr. C. Grundke
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS 
M/W/F: 14:35 - 15:25

This class is a continuation of CLAS 2401.03: Introductory Latin I. This course will undertake the exploration of one of history's most satisfying linguistic challenges, the iron language of Emperors.  

NOTES: Completion of CLAS 2401.03 and CLAS 2402.03 satisfies the BA language requirement.
FORMAT: Lecture 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2401.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 1800.06, CLAS 1802.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 2506: Introductory Ancient Greek II

Dr. L. MacLeod
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
M/W/F: 12:35 - 13:25

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. 

NOTES: This course is the second 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. 
FORMAT: Lecture 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2505.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 1700; CLAS 2710, CLAS 2500X/Y.0
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3320: Oracles, Omens, and Astrology in the Ancient World

Dr. K. Fraser
ONLINE - ASYNCHRONOUS SESSION

 

In all of the cultures of antiquity there were specialists who claimed knowledge of future events based on the reading of ominous "signs" in various media, earthly and heavenly. This course examines the history of divination and astrology in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome from a multidisciplinary perspective.  

FORMAT: Lecture 
CROSS-LISTING: HSTC 3320.03
EXCLUSIONS: HSTC 2300.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3361: Early Greek Philosophy

Dr. E. Diamond
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
W: 16:05 - 17:25

We will study the first Greek philosophers (Presocratic philosophy). Besides the goal of understanding each of the early philosophers and the connections between them, we shall explore other themes and questions: the differences and similarities between these philosophers and ancient Greek poetry; the reasons why these philosophers have been often characterized as the first philosophers; the nature of our sources for the fragments we have, how they have been transmitted to us, and how to deal with different types of sources methodologically; and the way these early Greek philosophers have been understood and used across the history of philosophy. 

CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3525: Ancient Greek Epic

Dr. L. MacLeod
ONLINE - ASYNCHRONOUS SESSION

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.

FORMAT: Lecture and Seminar
PREREQUISITES: Students must be beyond first year.
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3702: Intermediate Greek II

Dr. E. Varto
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS SESSION
M/W/F: 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 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: CLAS 3701.03 or 2702.03 
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 2702.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3794: R & R in Greek Literature

Dr. E. Varto
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
T: 14:35 - 15:55

Advanced history seminar course on the theme of “Greeks and Others”. Class is offered in translation.

NOTE: Asynchronous components, synchronous component at scheduled time. 
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 3804: Intermediate Latin II

Dr. J. Mitchell
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
F: 11:35 - 12:25

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 2802.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4010: Islamic Philosophy: al Ghazali

Dr. A. Treiger
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
M: 11:35 - 12:55

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).

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: At least one of RELS 1002.03 RELS 2003.03 or KING 1000X/Y.06 or KING 1100X/Y.06 or permission of instructor
CROSS-LISTING: RELS 4010.03, CLAS 5817.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4060: The Consolation of Philosophy

Dr. M. Fournier
ONLINE - ASYNCHRONOUS

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.

FORMAT: Seminar 
CROSS-LISTING: RELS 4060.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4351: Ancient Religion I

Dr. K. Fraser
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
T/TR: 13:05 - 13:55

This advanced seminar focuses on the intersection of religious belief, practice and material culture in Ancient Greek and roman religion. Specific topics vary from year to year.

TOPIC: Magic in the Late Ancient World
FORMAT: Seminar 
CREDIT HOURS: 3 

CLAS 4401: Philosophy of the Greek Church Fathers

Dr. A. Treiger
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS
TR: 17:35 - 18:55

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.

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: At least one of RELS 1002.03, RELS 2281.03, RELS 3283.03, RELS 3309.03, Foundation Year Program, or permission of instructor
CROSS-LISTING: RELS 4401.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 4400X/Y.06
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4501: Seminar on Neoplatonism I

Dr. W. Hankey
ONLINE - ASYNCHRONOUS

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 4600: Sanskrit Texts - Myth, Poetry

Dr. C. Austin

A study of Sanskrit texts in the original language. Consult department for more information. 

CLAS 4761: Greek Texts: Philosophy I

Dr. E. Diamond
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS SESSION
T/TR: 10:05 - 11:25

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

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2702.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 3761.03
CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLAS 4812: Latin Texts: War and Peace

Dr. P. O'Brien
ONLINE - SYNCHRONOUS SESSION
M: 9:05 - 11:55

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

FORMAT: Seminar 
PREREQUISITES: CLAS 2802.03
EXCLUSIONS: CLAS 3812.03 CLAS 3810X/Y.06

*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.