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Fall 2014

CLAS 70100 Greek Rhetoric and Stylistics
Prof. Andrew Foster
Thursday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

This course will develop students' command of the structure and style of Classical Greek prose through select readings of ancient literary criticism, formal stylistic analyses of select Classical authors and a series of composition exercises of increasing complexity. By becoming familiar with ancient critical norms, applying them to exemplary authors and texts while composing Greek in a variety of styles, students will develop a greater appreciation of Greek prose style and stylistics. The course is designed to develop students command of Greek prose, sharpen their critical judgment and their ability to express those judgments. The instructor will assess student learning by a systematic review and critique of students' stylistic analyses and written compositions and the oral presentations associated with the submission of their written work.

CLAS 71200 Suetonius
Prof. Robert Penella
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

Select Latin readings in Suetonius's Lives of the Caesars (as well as in his biographies of Roman grammarians and rhetors). What is not read in Latin will be read in English. The course will focus on the structure and the preoccupations of the Suetonian imperial biography and on the "typology" of first-century emperors. Students will hopefully leave the course with an appreciation of the Lives both as historical source and as literature. There will be outside readings in the scholarship and short class reports as well as a course paper.

CLAS 71400 Euripides
Prof. David Konstan
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

In this course we will read, in Greek, two tragedies by Euripides: Orestes and Iphigenia in Aulis. Both these plays have unusual endings, and have elicited varied responses among critics. Attention will be paid to Euripides' style and plotting, and also to the social and psychological values implicit in the tragedies. Selected plays of Euripides will be read in translation. There will be a final paper of approximately 5,000 words.

CLAS 73200 Roman Law
Prof. Michael Peachin
Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

Roman law is a subject of vast reach, and simply cannot be grasped in any comprehensive way over the course of one semester. Therefore, this class will concentrate on some select areas of this subject. We will consider, for example, how law is created, how knowledge of the positive law is disseminated, how this substantive law is then put into action and therefore affects the lives of real people. We will look also at how Roman law has come down to us. We may consider legal literature in the Roman world, and its place in creating positive law. We will also take up, though only briefly, the various constituent branches of Roman law: constitutional law; civil law; criminal law. We may raise the issue of the Roman state's attempt to create something like the rule of law throughout the Roman world. In short, we will attempt to gain a very basic sense of where law came from, what it was intended to do, how it was implemented, how it affected people's lives, and then, though only to a very small degree, what some of this law actually looked like.

CLAS 75200 Professional Development Workshop
Prof. Dee Clayman
Thursday, 5:00-7:00 pm, 0 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3418 (Classics Thesis room)
CUNY level 3 students only

This workshop is open only to CUNY students at level three, and will address the professional development needs of those who anticipate depositing their dissertations by September 2015. 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 with the help of volunteer faculty. 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.

CLAS 80100 Proseminar in Classical Studies
Prof. John Van Sickle
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, NEW ROOM 3212
Required of all CUNY students

This proseminar introduces students to selected approaches to the Greco-Roman world. Among potential topics will be:
The history of the Greek and Latin languages•classical bibliography•textual criticism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries•research tools including computer resources and applications•Special fields in Classics: e.g., literary and documentary papyrology, paleography, text editing and criticism, metrics, numismatics, epigraphy, comparative grammar•Scholarship and education in antiquity: e.g., libraries, scholia, lexica, anthologies, commentaries•"Tool of the trade:" bibliographies, encyclopedias and major collections, important editions of ancient authors, computers, the writing of a dissertation or scholarly article•Connecting with other scholars: attending and participating in professional meetings.

Specialists in such areas will be invited to speak. Students will be encouraged to pursue specialities of particular interest to them while at the same time broadening their knowledge of the range of approaches to antiquity. Each student will give an oral presentation and write a research paper on a topic arising from the course.

CLAS 81200 Aristotle's Ethics and Politics
Prof. Peter Simpson
Monday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 4422

The Aristotelian corpus contains four writings on ethics: the well-known Nicomachean Ethics (which continues into the Politics), the lesser known Eudemian Ethics (whose authenticity is no longer seriously contested), the even lesser known Magna Moralia (whose authenticity is contested by many in general but not as much by those who have studied the work in any detail), and the short On Virtues and Vices (almost universally rejected as spurious but, oddly, with little good reason). All these works contain the same teaching more or less about virture and happiness and the like, but with significant differences of focus, and sometimes of content, that need explaining. Difference of authorship or time of composition are the favored explanations. A better but less common explanation is difference of audience. This course will start with selections from the ethical works with the aim, first of mastering Aristotelian Greek, second of determining the reasons for differences between the several works, and third, and mainly, of mastering Aristotelian moral and political thought. The course will therefore end with selections from the Politics, particularly in relation to remarks in the ethical works about political life and its contrast with philosophy and the philosophical life (where Sparta and its history -- on whose virtues Aristotle and Plato seem to have interestingly disagreed -- will play an illustrative role).

CLAS 82400 Vergilian Geopoetics
Prof. Alessandro Barchiesi
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

The class combines close reading of selected passages in Vergil's Aeneid (in Latin) with discussion of critical issues about the role of space, place, landscape and environment in literature. We will focus on themes such as empire, discovery, memory, boundary and identity, and try to associate and compare Vergil's epic imagination with Roman ideas and material practices about space, territory and landscape.

CLAS 82500 Commentaries and the Classical Tradition
Prof. Liv Yarrow
Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3305

This course will make use of theoretical, reflective scholarship on commentaries such as, R.K. Gibson and C.S. Kraus, eds., The Classical Commentary. History, Practices, Theory (Bill, 2002) and G.W. Most, ed., Commentaries - Kommentare. (Gottingen, 1999). But also offer students the opportunity to read a range of ancient commentaries on familiar texts (e.g. Asconius on Cicero, Servius on Vergil), as well as consider the literary character of authors more often culled for fragments (e.g. Tzetzes). We will explore contemporary, practical approaches to the use and creation of commentaries, especially the advent of digital editions (Brill's New Jacoby vs. The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series) and the growing trend towards collaborative, multi-author projects (Cornell's New Peter). This portion of the course will draw upon the expertise and experiences of guest speakers. Course participants will produce as their final project a commentary on a portion of a text of their own choosing, with a short introductory essay contextualizing their methodological choices. Collaborative projects will be encouraged, but not required.

CLAS 82600 Greek Drama in Performance
Prof. Peter Meineck
Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room 503A

This new course will examine in detail the available evidence for ancient Greek performances from the play's themselves, the archaeological remains of the theaters, vase painting, sculpture, inscriptions and references to drama found in ancient literature. This is intended to equip the student with the research tools necessary to place ancient Greek drama in a performative context. Selected works and fragments of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and his comic rivals will be examined. Themes to be explored may include; chorality and choral mediation; the role and reception of the theatrical mask; ritual, religion and drama; the development of the actor and Greek theatre; theoria and visuality; the cognitive life of stage properties; theatre production as political social and financial currency and issues of spectatorship. This course will also coordinate with readings in David Konstan's Euripides section.

CLAS 85300 Latin Poetry Seminar
Prof. Ronnie Ancona
Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 6493
This course is open to CUNY students only

The purpose of this course is to provide training in (1) the research and performance skills involved in producing and delivering oral papers, (2) the research skills involved in producing publishable writing, and (3) some of the relevant professional skills needed for career and research development.

Course Requirements:
Attendance and Class Participation•Use of Blackboard•Weekly Assignments
Writing of a Paper Abstract to be submitted to a conference•One Oral Paper (written and delivered) 15 minutes (6 double-spaced typed)•One Publishable Paper (written), length as appropriate (probably 10-30 pages)

First Day of Classes
CUNY - August 28; NYU - September 2; Fordham - September 3