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Fall 2017

CLAS 70100 Greek Rhetoric and Stylistics
STAFF, Thurs. 4:15-6:15 PM, 3 Credits
Fordham, Room TBD

This course offers an introduction to composition in Greek and a survey of prose styles from Lysias to Plutarch. Each week we will tackle a different genus scribendi in our reading and then review individual points of syntax and stylistics via practice exercises and free composition. Students will be asked to make presentations on the style of an author of their choice. It is hoped that by the end of the course we will have gained a deeper knowledge of Greek sentence structure and idiom and a greater appreciation for a broad range of prose styles in Greek.

CLAS 71100 Greek Drama in the Mediterranean & Black Sea
Prof. Barbara Kowalzig, Wed. 6:30-8:30 PM, 3 Credits
NYU, Room TBD

CLAS 71200 Homer: Iliad
Prof. Jennifer Roberts, Tues. 4:15-6:15 PM, 3 Credits
Graduate Center, Room TBD

A close reading of the Iliad (selections).  We will pay close attention to Homer’s language and style, his portrayal of specific gods and mortals and of their interaction with one another, the notion of heroism, Homeric warfare, and the historical context of the poem, but we will also explore whatever aspects of the poem are of particular interest to students in the course.  Students will write a term paper of about 20 pages on a topic of their own choosing.

CLAS 71300 Plato Selections
Prof. Peter Simpson, Mon. 4:15-6:15 PM, 3 Credits
Graduate Center, Room TBD

The course will take the form of a study of the works of Plato through selected readings from them, including in particular parts of the Republic and Apology. A large question in Platonic scholarship, however, is the order of the dialogues and whether a chronological ordering (usually favored today) is better than some other or thematic ordering. Ancient authors, Neo-Platonists in particular, favored thematic orderings. They also regarded most Platonic works that have come down to us as really by Plato (including all the letters), while modern scholars tend to reject some at least of what the Neo-Platonists accepted (e.g. most of the letters). The course will begin with some discussion of the authenticity and ordering questions and then proceed to specific selections.

CLAS 71800 Rome & the Hellenistic East
Prof. Joel Allen, Mon. 6:30-8:30 PM, 3 Credits
Graduate Center, Room TBD

This course explores the vitality of the Hellenistic period, roughly defined as 330-30 BCE, by exploring interactions among the populations of the Mediterranean, including Roman, Hellenic, Egyptian, Punic, Judaean, Celtic, and various hybrids thereamong. We’ll consider a series of case studies in literature, art, epigraphy, and archaeology to understand new developments in culture, politics, and geopolitics.

CLAS 72200 Cicero's Speeches
Prof. Leo Landrey, Thurs. 6:15-8:15 PM, 3 Credits
Fordham, Room TBD

In Cicero's Speeches students will encounter and track Roman oratory over the course of the career of its most eminent stylist and theoretician. Class time will focus on analyzing the aims and means of each speech and how they connect to central ideas in Late Republican culture. These ideas may include the distribution of power within the republic, the boundaries of Roman masculinity, the construction of individual identity, and the performative nature of public speaking. Brief passages of relevant comparative material, such as excerpts from Cicero's letters, philosophy, and poetry, will complement the core assignments. A reasonably priced course pack will be available for students to purchase.

CLAS 75200 [36515] Special Topics in Classics
Prof. Dee Clayman, Tues. 4:15-6:15 PM, 0 Credits
Graduate Center, Room TBD
*Level III Prof. Dev. Workshop*
*CUNY level 2-3 students only*
*Instructor's permission required*

This workshop is open only to CUNY students at levels two three or those who expect to be there during the fall of 2017. It will address the professional development needs of those who anticipate depositing their dissertations in 2018 or 2019. Topics will focus on preparing for the job search inside and outside the academy and finishing the dissertation. Students will practice preparing their resumes and modifying them for various job opportunities, writing effective cover letters, choosing recommenders, creating a statement of teaching philosophy and documenting teaching experience. We will also do practice interviews both on Skype and in person. Other topics will include overcoming obstacles to finishing the dissertation, and choosing suitable venues for early publication. Throughout the semester we will work closely with the office of Career Planning and Professional Development. Depending on the needs of the participants, we may meet more often in the early part of the semester to stay ahead of the calendar of the APA’s placement bureau.

NB this workshop offers no credit and all students will register as auditors.

CLAS 81100 Aristophanes
Prof. Peter Meineck, Tues. 6:30-8:30 PM, 3 Credits
Graduate Center, Room TBD

CLAS 82100 Virgil: Aeneid
Prof. Alessandro Barchiesi, Wed. 4:15-6:15 PM, 3 Credits
NYU, Room TBD

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CLAS 75200 [36516] Special Topics in Classics: Philosophy and Its Rivals in the Platonic Dialogues
*Cross-listed with PHIL 76100*
Prof. Nickolas Pappas, Mon. 11:45-1:45 PM, 4 Credits
Graduate Center, Room TBD

As repository of wisdom, teacher, sage counsel to life; something serving the soul in the way that medical science serves the body; philosophy presents itself in Plato’s dialogues as an enterprise surrounded by competitors. Sophists and poets claimed to teach the public, and orators promised to lead. What did philosophers have to offer that was different?
Although this question can be entertained at a general level, it also leads into specific topics associated with Plato’s dialogues, such as

  • the method of division and collection
  • myths in Platonic dialogues and how to read them
  • material in the dialogues (e.g. the story of Gyges) that has been reworked from other sources
  • the representation of rival disciplines in Plato’s Symposium
Taking the question of rivals to philosophy as its guide, this seminar will familiarize itself with some Platonic works, paying special attention to how those works identify philosophy against drama, the interpretation of poetry, mythography, rhetoric, and sophistry.

Readings will include Ion, Sophist, Statesman; selections from Republic; and (time permitting) some or all of Phaedrus, Symposium, and Theaetetus. The seminar will make use of secondary literature in its reading assignments and in class presentations.