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Spring 2014

CLAS 70200 Latin Rhetoric and Stylistics
Prof. Philip Thibodeau
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

This course provides students advanced reading proficiency in Latin through the study of morphology and syntax, stylistic analysis of Caesar, Cicero, and other classical authors, and exercises in prose composition.

CLAS 71100 Homer's Iliad
Prof. Jinyo Kim
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3309

The primary aim of this class is to try to understand and appreciate the poetry of the Iliad in the context of Homeric scholarship.

Topics for examination include: aspects of Homeric composition (significant repetition, foreshadowing, allusion), heroic ethos ('honor and glory', revenge for 'friends', supplication), conception of the 'tragic' ('fate'? 'tragic error'? human mortality), and the narrative and thematic structure (inconsistencies, digression, divine interention).

CLAS 71800 Xenophon
Prof. Andrew Foster
Thursday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

This course will be a survey of the historical, Socratic, and political works of the Athenian soldier, friend of Sparta, and follower of Socrates, Xenophon. The course will focus primarily upon selections from the Hellenica, Symposium and The Spartan Constitution in order to appreciate Xenophon's contribution to historiography, philosophy and Greek literature.

CLAS 72100 Cicero's Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory
Prof. Dee Clayman
Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
Graduate Center, Room 3212

Assessment: Students will be graded on the basis of one oral presentation in class (30%), one written paper (50%) and class participation (20%).

Learning goals: Students will become familiar with Latin rhetorical theory as it is presented in the works of Cicero and will be able to use it to analyze arguments in his orations.

In this course we will not only read selected orations of Cicero, but learn how he artfully structures them to bring home his points. We will begin reading one (to be named later) in detail, then move on to his theoretical work, including Partitiones Oratoriae and parts of the Orator. Students will then apply these tools of analysis to other orations. The class will provide the occasion to read quite a lot of the very best Latin prose and to become acquainted with ancient literary criticism.

CLAS 72400 Latin Elegy
Prof. Leo Landrey
Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Room 503A

CLAS 72600 Latin Palaeography
Prof. John Clark
Friday, 4:00-6:00 pm, 3 credits
Fordham, Rose Hill Campus, Room TBA

CLAS 72800 Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire
Prof. Michael Peachin
Monday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3credits
NYU, Room 503A

The Augustan Period has been the subject of intense research, especially recently. This has very largely concentrated on the ways in which Roman politics and Roman culture were changed by Augustus. In this course, we will first try to gain a sense of just where we stand presently with regard to such issues. But, we will then spend the rest of the course (something like two thirds of the class time) trying to get a sense of how the various transformative impulses, which emanated from the capital, played themselves out in the various provinces of the empire. So, a chief focus of the class will be: the Augustan age in the provinces.

CLAS 74100 Archaic Greek Sculpture and Sanctuaries
Prof. Joan Connelly
Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Room 503A

CLAS 81400 Introduction to Modern Literary Theory [for classicists].
Prof. Joy Connolly
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm, 3 credits
NYU, Room 503A