Current and Previous Courses Offered by the Department of Classics

FALL 2019

CLASSICS 001: Elementary Latin 1 (Dr. Molly Levine)

ELEMENTARY LATIN I is the first of a four-semester sequence of courses designed to lead to reading proficiency in Latin. The sequence of Latin 1-4 fulfills the college language requirement. Latin 1 is where you go to  (finally) firmly grasp English grammar, syntax, and its Latin-derived vocabulary  and most importantly to learn how to learn.

CLASSICS 016: Ideas in Antiquity--Becoming a Leader from Telemachus to T'Challa (Dr. Norman Sandridge)

This course studies "becoming a leader" in epic poetry, Athenian tragedy, Athenian comedy, prose fiction, history, and mythology. It then compares the ancient process to more recent examples of becoming a leader in history, drama, and film (e.g., Ida B. Wells and Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart). It concludes with films about leadership such as Disney's Moana and Ryan Coogler's The Black Panther. Throughout the course we study the behaviors that make up true leadership and make plans to incorporate these behaviors into our own character.

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CLASSICS 016: Ideas in Antiquity (Dr. Alexander Tulin)


CLASSICS 050: Ancient Egypt and the Near East (Dr. Brien Garnand)

Cultural interactions among societies in the Eastern Mediterranean left lasting contributions to world civilization, from the introduction of cities and writing systems to the emergence of large-scale empires. The course focuses on literature & orality, on ideas & beliefs (particularly the Hebrew Bible), and on art & archaeology. Required for the Interdisciplinary Humanities: Ancient and Modern major; open to non-majors, Division A course.

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CLASSICS 079: General Literature Honors (Dr. Molly Levine)

General Literature Honors offers students in the Howard COAS Honors Program the opportunity to engage in the intensive study and discussion of classical texts that have made significant contributions to humanistic studies.  As you confront these texts, you will be encouraged to think, write, and speak critically and, above all, to reflect upon what the humanities are and what they can offer you, in particular as it relates to your goals of laying the foundations for a good life.

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CLASSICS 101: Greek Literature in Translation (Dr. Norman Sandridge)

This course studies two complementary epic works of oral poetry, the Iliad and the Odyssey, as foundational stories in ancient Greek culture known as the Trojan Saga. The course explores the process of oral poetic composition and the cultural values it transmits through performance. The themes of the course touch on the entirety of human experience: war and peace, love and hatred, pity and ruthlessness, hospitality and savagery, connection and cluelessness, home and adventure, coming of age and dying young, divine control and human agency.

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CLASSICS 104 Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, 1200–200 BCE (Dr. Brien Garnand)

We survey ancient Greek cities and their interactions with other cultures (particularly Phoenician and Libyan North Africa, Egypt, and Persia), spanning the millennium from the Late Bronze Age down to Alexander and his successors. We focus on shared cultural influences in art, literature, and material culture, studied in historical context, through close reading of primary evidence. Suitable for Interdisciplinary Humanities. Division B course.

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CLASSICS 109: Classical Mythology (Dr. Arti Mehta)

Students in Classical Mythology (CLAS 109) learn about the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses, gods, heroes, and heroines. Readings in ancient authors such as Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and many others are supplemented by West Asian and Egyptian myths and visual myths from ancient vase paintings to modern films.

CLASSICS 109: Classical Mythology (Dr. Brien Garnand)

We study of the origins and development of Greek mythology, heroic legend, and folktale.  We place stories into both their historical context and their ancient comparative context (i.e. in relation to tales from Egypt, the Near East and Rome), using modern theoretical approaches and tracing their modern reception  We also analyze how these stories convey cultural ideals, power structures, class hierarchies, political ideologies, and religious beliefs. Division A

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CLASSICS 111: Satire and Comedy (Dr. Arti Mehta)

Students of Satire and Comedy analyze characters shaped by ancient ideas into the genres of comedy and satire. The class reads animal stories, Greek and Roman comedies, and comic dialogues. Study of the ancient texts is balanced by videos starring such modern luminaries as Tyler Perry and Nick Cannon.

CLASSICS 112: Law and Politics in the Ancient World (Dr. Alexander Tulin


CLASSICS 113: Women in the Ancient World (Dr. Arti Mehta)

Women in the Ancient World introduces students to a range of mythological and historical women from ancient Greece, Asia, and Africa, through their daily experiences, family and other relationships, and event-filled lives. Readings focus on the great goddess, love, sex, marriage, rulers, heroines, and Greek tragedies.

CLASSICS 114: Love in Antiquity (Dr. Molly Levine)

From the Song of Songs to Bruno Mars,  from metaphysics to evolutionary psychology, this course looks at love from Mediterranean antiquity to today’s Howard campus.

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