Off-Campus Studies

Members of the Classics faculty often offer J-term courses under the auspices of Luther College’s Center for Global Learning. The following are examples of some of the classes that have been taught in the past or will be taught in future years:

Classics 299: In Search of the Trojan War

Taught by Prof. Dan Davis

This course explores the culture, archaeology, and physical setting of the two earliest epic masterpieces of Western literature: the Iliad and the Odyssey. Both works draw heavily on myth and folktales, but archaeology over the past 150 years has shown that they are set in specific regions, islands, cities, and palaces dating to the Aegean Bronze Age (1500-1200 B.C.). Our itinerary is divided between Greece and Turkey. On each site we will spend time analyzing how the Homeric tradition was used and manipulated by individuals and city-states in the ancient world, and how the Iliad and Odyssey have been interpreted and reinterpreted through the ages, including modern times. 

Classics 299: Ancient Empires

Taught by Prof. Philip Freeman

Ancient Empires is an exploration of the most important civilizations of the early Mediterranean world. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Parthenon of Athens and the Colosseum of Rome, this voyage by ship takes students across the Mediterranean to study the most important sites of the ancient world first-hand.

Classics 299: The Fall of Rome

Taught by Prof. Dan Davis