Thematic Sequences

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CLS 1 Classical Civilization

(Not open to majors in the Department of Classics. Majors in the departments of Art and Comparative Religion must select a minimum of nine hours outside their department of major)

Combines a general introduction to classical civilization and an in-depth encounter with Greco-Roman civilization, focusing on elements that provide opportunities for observing differences between modern and ancient civilization. Uses literature, monuments, legal documents, art, and sculpture to examine key examples of social organization, including the status of women, legal structures, and urban organization.

CLS 2 Classical Literature

(Not open to majors in the Department of Classics.)

Provides an overview of Greek or Roman literature, then examines in detail the historical evolution of specific genres, such as tragedy, drama, and epic. Attention to historical forces that brought these genres into existence and those forces that affected their growth and development.

CLS 4 The Classical World: Identity and Experience

(Not open to majors in the Department of Classics.)

Specific to Classical antiquity was a set of deeply influential institutions, practices, and ideological elaborations that both drew from and interacted with a wide range of other Mediterranean cultures in shaping the day-to-day identities and life experiences of Greeks and Romans as well as the cultures on which they impacted. In this sequence, students explore some of the most basic issues (e.g. gender, religion, public entertainments, race and ethnicity, imperial conquest and domination) associated with these influences and their more specialized consequences in specific geographical, cultural and institutional areas (e.g. Egypt, Jews in Antiquity, The Construction of Age Identities).

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