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Fall 2013

CLAS 70100 Greek Rhetoric and Composition

GC: W, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits, Room TBA, Prof. Larry Kowerski
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CLAS 71400 Euripides

Fordham: R, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3credits, LC Lowenstein, Room 404, Prof. Sarah Peirce
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CLAS 71800 Greek Epigraphy

NYU: M, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits, Room 503A, Prof. Danielle Kellogg
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CLAS 71900 Greece & the Mediterranean in the Archaic and Classical Periods

NYU: T, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits, Room 503A, Prof. Barbara Kowalzig
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CLAS 72200 Livy

Fordham: R, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits, LC Lowenstein, Room 404, Prof. Robert Penella
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CLAS 74300 Classical Art and its Reception from Hellenistic Era to Late Antiquity

GC: W, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits, Room TBA, Prof. Rachel Kousser
(cross-listed with ART 72000)

Although antiquarian revivals occurred in Egypt and the Ancient Near East, the Greeks were the first to deploy past artistic styles in a self-conscious, thorough-going, and semiotic fashion; their efforts were also significant in that they constituted the origins of classicism in western art.  This course examines the history of classicism within the ancient Mediterranean from its beginnings in the Hellenistic era to its apogee in the Roman Empire and its selective adaptation and transformation in late antiquity.  It integrates the study of major public monuments —  e.g., the Altar of Zeus from Pergamon, the Prima Porta Augustus, and the Arch of Constantine — with that of less familiar private works such as Roman sarcophagi and Late Antique silver.  And it critically analyzes the extensive body of recent scholarship on emulation in Roman art and sets it within a broader chronological and geographical perspective; the goal is an enhanced understanding of the process through which classicism was transformed from a period and regional style to a semiotic one, evocative of high culture and the authority of the past.  Major topics include classicism and political power; retrospective styles in private art; the ancient origins of art history as a discipline; art and memory; and Christian classicism.  Preliminary reading:  Tonio Hölscher, The language of images in Roman art.  All auditors are welcome.

CLAS 74400 The City of Rome: The archaeology, history, and topography of an Imperial City

GC: T, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits, Room TBA, Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis
(cross-listed with ART 82000 and MALS 74500)

Rome was the pre-imminent political, economic, social and cultural heart of the Mediterranean, much of Europe, and large swaths of the Near East from the first century BCE until the early fourth century CE when Constantinople was established. In order to understand many aspects of the Roman Empire’s history, economy, cultural mores, literary output and artistic developments, it is essential to understand the capital. Thus, this seminar explores the city of Rome from 753 BCE to 410 CE primarily through an in-depth investigation of the art, architecture and archaeology of the capital itself.  Much of the art and architecture associated with the Roman Empire originated in Rome (e.g., imperial portraiture system and historical reliefs), or had its most impressive examples here (e.g., the Colosseum). Students will be introduced to recent archaeological discoveries and how these have reshaped our understanding of ancient Rome. The seminar will provide a chronological and topographical overview of the city’s development, while focusing on certain aspects of the ancient city each week, including the artistic and architectural programs of the Imperial Fora, public entertainment buildings, and the nature of the capital’s economy. The class will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Numismatic Society in order to gain a fuller appreciation of the role that material culture has to play in our understanding of ancient Rome. Although this course focuses primarily on the material culture of the City of Rome, students will be required to engage with other classes of evidence, including epigraphy, poetry, historical sources, legal texts and numismatics. This interdisciplinary approach enables scholars and students to interpret and analyze Rome, its artistic production, history and topography more fully. Thus, this course should provide students interested in the history, literature and arts of the Late Republic and/or the Empire with a firm foundation in the historical debates over art and architecture, as well as a nuanced understanding of the city’s topography, urban development, infrastructure and history.

CLAS 75200 Greek Sight Translation

GC: W, 2:00-4:00 pm, 1 credit, pass/fail, Room TBA, Prof. Dee Clayman

The goal of this course is to help graduate students improve their ability to read Greek at sight. A knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary is assumed. The course is ideal for students preparing to take a Greek translation exam (MA or PhD), but is not limited to such students. Any student enrolled in an MA or PhD program in classics or ancient history may register until the course limit is reached. Please consult the instructor if you are uncertain whether you would benefit from this course.

The class will meet for two hours each week. There will be no assignments outside of class and no examinations. Regular attendance is required. The instructor will bring to class each week texts selected from the works of authors on the reading list, with an emphasis on prose. Students will be challenged to translate them on the spot and discussion will follow of strategies for producing accurate and literate translations. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation.

CLAS 81100 Pindar

GC: W, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits, Room TBA, Prof. Joel Lidov

Pindar provides a literary witness to the development of archaic and classical thought; his writings, directed to patrons from all over the Greek world, complement what the tragedians and historians wrote for Athenian audiences. Yet even to readers familiar with other Greek poetry, the language and structure of Pindar’s Epinician Odes can seem strange and difficult. He is famous for both brilliance and obscurity. The first aim of this seminar will be to achieve familiarity with the rhetoric of Pindar’s choral lyric: its structure, its habits of expression, its topoi, its grammar and style, its use of metrical structure. We will also seek to understand the ethical, logical, and emotional appeals by which the poet persuades audiences in different parts of the Greek world to celebrate as a common good the athletic victory of a despot or a member of a wealthy family. By analyzing the Odes as poems continuing the traditions of Homeric, Aeolic, and elegiac poetry, and by confronting the problems they presented to the modern history of interpretation and criticism, our discussions may lead to some insight into how Pindar, in the accomplishment of his rhetorical task, expressed such a persuasive understanding of the human condition that his name became emblematic of poetic power and achievement.

There will be a final exam (memorization and translation) and a final paper.

Students should obtain a copy of:

The text of Pindar: The best choice is Snell's Teubner edition, Pindarus, Carmina cum fragmentis, Pars I: Epinicia, Ed. by Herwig Maehler, Bruno Shell (DeGruyter), ISBN: 978-3-11-020844-3. This is a paperback reprint of the 8th ed. of 1988 (earlier editions are acceptable). It is best obtained directly from the publisher. (Second best is Alexander Turyn's edition, but that is long out of print and exorbitantly priced as a used book.).

William Race, Style and Rhetoric in Pindar's Odes. (Oxford Univ. Press for American Philological Association).

M.M. Willcock's Cambridge edition: Pindar, Victory Odes (ISBN 978-0521436366); we will begin with this selection, to take advantage of the notes and supplementary material.

William Slater's Lexicon to Pindar (DeGruyter, 1969) is essential but can be consulted on-line; anyone who can locate a copy will not be sorry. Elroy Bundy's Studia Pindarica will be required reading; a digital version is freely available ( and has the advantage of being searchable. I recommend that everyone obtain at least the first volume of W. Race's Loeb edition (Pindar I: Olympian Odes. Pythian Odes. ISBN 978-0674995642).


CLAS 81400 Ecphrasis

NYU: M, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits, Room 503A, Prof. David Konstan
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CLAS 82500 Topics in Greco-Roman: Education in Greece and Rome

NYU: T, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits, Room 503A, Prof. Raffaella Cribiore
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ENG 71600 Early Modern Comedy and its Classical Models
GC: R, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits, Room TBA, Prof. Tanya Pollard
(See English program website for course description)