Classical Studies Courses
CLAS 185 First-Year Seminar
A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.
CLAS 240 Classical Mythology
A survey of the major myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome by reading such authors as Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Ovid. The course also addresses the problem of interpreting myths and, when possible, introduces parallels from non-Greco-Roman traditions. No prerequisite. (HEPT)
CLAS 250 The World of Ancient Greece
A historical survey of ancient Greek culture from the Trojan War to the rise of Rome, including political, economic, social, literary, philosophical, and religious developments. Topics include the rise and fall of the Mycenaean kingdoms, the beginnings of the city-state, the interaction of Greeks with other cultures, Athenian democracy and imperialism, the role of women, Greek religion, the beginnings of literary genres, and the origins of Greek science and philosophy. Readings will draw from ancient historical documents and Greek literature, but also modern archaeological excavations. Open to all students without prerequisite. Offered alternate years. (HEPT)
CLAS 255 Ancient Roman Culture
This course explores various cultural institutions and practices of the ancient Romans through an examination of textual, historical, and archaeological evidence. Emphasis will be on the period from the late Republic to early Empire. Topics include Roman banquets, the toga, houses and villas, the bath complexes, the gladiatorial games and chariot races, the theatre, religion, and slavery. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HEPT)
CLAS 265 Greece and Rome on Film
This course explores the ways in which various events and episodes from Greek and Roman myth and history have been adapted for modern film and television. We will examine a selection of films alongside their original ancient sources, and pay close attention to how these films interpret their sources, as well as how they reflect the cultural values and concerns of their audiences. What is lost or gained in the transition from page to screen? To what extent are films shaped by contemporary modes of production and reception? Are films convenient (yet inadequate) substitutes for reading, or do they allow us a valuable, continuing engagement with their original sources? Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HEPT)
CLAS 270 Archaeology of Ancient Greece
An in-depth study of the archaeology of ancient Greece, with a focus on the high points of Greek civilization and material culture during the Classical and Hellenistic periods. We will examine archaeological methods along with developments in technology, architecture, sculpture, painting, and the minor arts. We will also consider the nature of archaeological evidence, the relationship between classical archaeology and history, and the legacy of Athens and the classical world in modern culture. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HEPT, Hist)
CLAS 275 Archaeology of Ancient Rome
This course explores the archaeology of ancient Rome from its early beginnings to its rapid growth into one of the world's largest empires. As we examine Roman technology, architecture, burial practices, sculpture, painting, and the minor arts, we will also consider the nature of archaeological evidence, the relationship between history and archaeology, and the legacy of ancient Rome in the modern world. Offered alternate years. No prerequisite. (HEPT, Hist)
CLAS 285/295 Directed Study
2, 4 hours
An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. CLAS 285 can be taken only during January Term, CLAS 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.
CLAS 299 Study Abroad—Classics
In-depth study of selected topics in the Greco-Roman world taught during January term as part of Luther's study-abroad offerings. Topics will vary according to faculty member and location. Possible topics may include the Ancient Empires of the Mediterranean, Age of Pericles, the World of Alexander, Caesar's Rome, and Roman Britain. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Hist)
CLAS 300 Classics and Culture
Using texts in translation, this course explores select aspects or themes from the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Topics range from consideration of a particular literary genre to the in-depth study of a particular place and time, and to broader explorations of Greco-Roman culture in comparison with other cultures. This course is writing intensive and fulfills the writing requirements for all majors in the classics department. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: PAID 112. (HEPT, W)
CLAS 310 Ancient Science
This course examines the history of science and technology in the ancient world between 1200 B.C. (when Babylonian astronomical texts emerge) and A.D. 500. Scientific ideas and technological innovations will be placed in their intellectual, social, religious, economic, and political context. Emphasis is placed on the Greek and Roman period, which saw substantial developments in agriculture, astronomy, geography, mathematics, hydraulics, medicine, music, botany, zoology, and meteorology. Attention will be paid to both literary sources (read in translation) and archaeological evidence. Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent. (NWNL)
CLAS 320 Women and Gender in the Classical World
This course explores the constructions and representations of women and gender in ancient Greece and Rome through an examination of textual, art historical, and archaeological evidence. The course also addresses the intersections of women's and gender issues with issues of legal status, class, and ethnicity, and pays close attention to current scholarly methodologies and approaches to the subject. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent. (Same as WGST 320) (HEPT)
CLAS 360 The World of St. Patrick
This course explores the world of late antiquity through the life and times of a young Roman nobleman, later known as St. Patrick. We will read the surviving letters of Patrick and other texts from the period to better understand life on the frontier of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. Topics will include the evolution of northwest Europe from the classical to medieval period, Christianity in late antiquity, and Celtic history, society, and mythology. Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent. (HEPT, Hist, Rel)
CLAS 375 Directed Readings
1, 2, or 4 hours
Students who develop an interest in a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited may follow a prescribed reading list under the direction of a faculty with expertise in that area.
CLAS 395 Independent Study
1, 2, or 4 hours
CLAS 490 Senior Project
The senior project is a required capstone project for all classics majors in the classical studies track. Students will work with a professor from the Classics department to develop an appropriate research project and produce a substantial research paper on their findings. Prerequisite: CLAS 300 or permission of instructor.
CLAS 493 Senior Honors Project
A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.