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Spring 2018

CLAS 70200 Latin Rhetoric and Stylistics
Prof. Matthew McGowan
Thursday, 5:15-7:15 PM, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room TBA
This course offers an introduction to composition in Latin and a survey of prose styles from Cato the Elder to the Vulgate. Each week we will tackle a different author from D.A. Russell's Anthology of Latin Prose (Oxford) and review individual points of syntax and stylistics via practice exercises and free composition. It is hoped that by the end of the course students will have gained a deeper knowledge of Latin sentence structure and idiom and a greater appreciation for a broad range of prose styles. Weekly assignments (pensa) will include composition and reading from E.C. Woodcock's A New Latin Syntax and from other scholars analyzing a particular author's style. The scholarly essays will provide the background for the brief report (= breviarium) that every student will be asked to do at least once over the course of the semester. 
Required Texts (all available on Amazon): D.A. Russell, Anthology of Latin Prose (Oxford) E.C. Woodcock, A New Latin Syntax, and Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar by B. Gildersleeve and G. Lodge. Please bring these books to class on the first day, Thursday, January 18, 2018. If you have any questions about the content or aims of the course, feel free to email me:

CLAS 72100 Late Latin Verse
Prof. Marco Formisano
Thursday, 2:30-5:00 PM, 3 credits
Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room TBA
In this course we will read some of the most famous late Latin poems (Ausonius, Mosella; Claudian, De raptu Proserpinae; Rutilius Namatianus, De reditu suo), as well a selection of passages from other poetry by Ausonius, Proba, and Prudentius. While these texts are most often read intertextually with an almost exclusive focus on their relationships with models such as Vergil, Ovid, Horace and Statius, our aim is to study these poems on their own terms, namely as the products of late antique literary culture. Particular attention will be devoted to the concept of allegory, both as an ancient and late-antique textual phenomenon and as a topic of theorizing in twentieth-century literary criticism (e.g. Walter Benjamin, Paul De Man). On April 27, 2018 a workshop with external speakers on “Origins and Original Moments in Late Antique Literature” will take place at Fordham, and the participants in this class will be directly involved in the discussion.

CLAS 81100 Presocratic Philosophy
Prof. David Sider
Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room TBA
In this course we shall survey the path of Greek philosophy from its beginnings until just short of Plato. Most of this will be on natural science (such as evolution, the big bang theory, and subatomic particles, to be anachronistic) and the attempts to grapple with the concept of existence, but what little remains of early philosophical ethics will also be examined. Since all of early Greek thought is known primarily from later sources who quote (not always consistently), paraphrase (often tendentiously), and interpret (often erroneously), it must be approached in the first instance philologically fragment by fragment before being put into historical and then philosophical contexts.

CLAS 82100 The Latin Novel
Prof. David Konstan
Tuesday, 4:15-6:15 PM, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room TBA
Ancient Rome bequeathed to literature three novels of very different character: Petronius’ Satyrica, Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (also known as The Golden Ass, thanks to a citation by Augustine), and the anonymous History of Apollonius King of Tyre.  We shall read most (if not all) of these texts in Latin, and discuss various points of Latin style, narrative technique, and social context.  A final paper is required, due at the end of the semester.
CLAS 74100 Archaeologies of the Maritime World
Prof. Joan Breton Connolly
Monday, 4:15-6:15 PM, 3 credits
NYU, Silver Center, Room TBA
How has archaeological investigation, both underwater and terrestrial, deepened our understanding of ancient seafaring, colonization, commerce, social interaction, pilgrimage, warfare, and piracy?  How did connectivity among far-flung ports and coastal Greek cities contribute to the emergence of a Hellenic cultural identity?  This seminar examines the maritime cultural landscape of the Mediterranean with special focus on material culture.  From the Uluburun cargo to the Antikythera shipwreck, from Phoenician purple-dye production to late Roman fish tanks, we will consider the connectivity of maritime industries, economies, visual arts, and social practices.  Special topics to be examined: climate, time-cycles, technological aspects of seafaring, ship construction, navigation, innovation, insularities, “maritime small worlds”, coastscapes, opportunistic ports, cabotage, and connections with the hinterland. Readings cover ancient authors (literature, histories, geographies); historiographic works (Braudel, Horden and Purcell, Abulafia, Broodbank); period- and region-specific works (Malkin, Tartaron, Leidwanger, Foley, Bass).

CLAS 71800 Herodotus
Prof. Danielle Kellogg
Wednesday, 4:15 PM, 3 credits
The Graduate Center, Room TBA
This course will focus on Herodotos, one of the greatest prose authors of ancient Greece and a crucial figure in Greek intellectual and literary history. Herodotos’ Histories is one of the earliest lengthy prose narratives in Ionian Greek still extant and remains the primary (and often only) source for much information about the culture and history of numerous ancient Mediterranean cultures in the late Archaic and early Classical periods. Herodotos’ status as the ‘Father of History’ has been debated in the 2500 years since he set himself the task of recording the ‘great and wonderful deeds’ of the Greeks and Persians: while Herodotos’ investigation of these events set the precedent for all subsequent historical writings, his aims and methods have been controversial since antiquity (just witness the rather uncomplimentary opinions of his near contemporary, Thucydides). Herodotos wove a number of fabulous and entertaining anecdotes and tales into his historical narrative, leading some to refer to him the ‘Father of Lies’ and even to question his status as a historian at all. Current scholarly work, however, mostly treats Herodotos’ Histories both as a carefully crafted literary work in which the supposed ‘digressions’ link together many of Herodotos’ themes and ideas, and as a genuine attempt by the author to record and explain events of the past. The course will advance the students’ fluency in reading and translating Greek prose, while at the same time enriching their understanding of Greek civilization and history and exposing them to current trends in Herodotean scholarship. 

CLAS 81200 Greek Sympotic Poetry
Prof. Lawerence Kowerski
Wednesday, 6:30 PM, 3 credits
The Graduate Center, Room TBA

CLAS 75200 Latin Sight Reading Workshop
Prof. Dee Clayman
Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 PM, pass/fail, 1 credit
The Graduate Center, Room TBA
Learning goals: Students will be able to translate a Latin passage at sight at a level appropriate for accomplished MA and/or PhD students; students will pass the MA or PhD examinations in Latin translation at the first attempt.
Assessment: student performance in class; the MA or PhD examination in Latin translation
Who should take the course: The course is ideal for students preparing to take a Latin translation exam (MA or PhD), but is not limited to such students. A knowledge of basic Latin grammar and vocabulary is assumed. 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 1 hour each week. Regular attendance is required. The instructor will bring to class each week texts selected from the works of authors on and off the reading list, with an emphasis on prose. Students will be challenged to translate them on the spot in writing and discussion will follow of strategies for producing accurate and literal translations.