Course Offerings

Course Offerings

Fall 2017

Course Instructor Days and Times Credit Hours Prerequisites
CLST 350: Greek Mythology Krause TR 8:00–9:50 4 none
CLST 350: Greek Mythology Krause TR 12:00–1:50 4 none
CLST 450: Ancient Biographies Krause TR 3:00–5:10 5 CLST 260 or 270 or 350
or ENG 281 or LBRL 121
GREK 101: Introductory Ancient Greek 1 Stayskal MWF 8:30–9:50 5 none
GREK 101: Introductory Ancient Greek 1 Stayskal MWF 10:00–11:20 5 none
GREK 201: Intermediate Ancient Greek 1 Stayskal MWF 11:30–12:40 4 GREK 103
LAT 101: Introductory Latin 1 Engelsing MWF 10:00–11:20 5 none
LAT 101: Introductory Latin 1 Engelsing MWF 11:30–12:50 5 none
LAT 201: Intermediate Latin 1 Engelsing MWF 2:30–3:50 5 LAT 103

CLST 450: Ancient Biographies will explore the genre of biography and how it portrays character. We shall read several authors of Greek and Roman biographies, including Suetonius and Plutarch.

Winter 2018

Course Instructor Days and Times Credit Hours Prerequisites
CLST 260: Masterworks of Greek Literature Krause TR 8:00–9:50 4 none
CLST 450: Dinner, Drinks, and Apologies Krause TR 12:00–2:10 5 CLST 260 or 270 or 350
or ENG 281 or LBRL 121
CLST 450: The Orator Engelsing MWF 2:30–3:40 4 CLST 260 or 270 or 350
or ENG 281 or LBRL 121
GREK 102: Introductory Ancient Greek 2 Stayskal MWF 8:30–9:50 5 GREK 101
GREK 202: Intermediate Ancient Greek 2 Stayskal MWF 11:30–12:40 4 GREK 201
LAT 102: Introductory Latin 2 Engelsing MWF 10:00–11:20 5 LAT 101
LAT 202: Intermediate Latin 2 Krause MWF 1:00–2:20 5 LAT 201

CLST 450: Dinner, Drinks and Apologies investigates sympotic and apologetic literature. Plato and Xenophon, both students of Socrates, each wrote a Symposium about a drinking-party discussing erotic desire and philosophy; each also wrote an Apology or defense speech for the trial of Socrates. These two settings came with their own conventions and expectations, and these four works produced rich veins of imitation. In the first half of the course, we shall examine these two Symposia and related literature like Trimalchio's dinner from Petronius' Satyricon; in the second half, we pursue the Platonic and Xenophontic Apologies and similar works like Apuleius' Apology for himself.

CLST 450: The Orator asks what it takes to be a vir bonus dicendi peritus, a good man skilled at speaking. The course examines the theory and practice of rhetoric, especially in a Roman context.

Spring 2018

Course Instructor Days and Times Credit Hours Prerequisites
CLST 270: Masterworks of Latin Literature Engelsing TR 10:00–11:50 4 none
CLST 350: Greek Mythology Stayskal TR 8:00–9:50 4 none
CLST 450: Sophistry Krause TR 12:00–1:50 4 CLST 260 or 270 or 350
or ENG 281 or LBRL 121
GREK 103: Introductory Ancient Greek 3 Stayskal MWF 8:30–9:50 5 GREK 102
GREK 350: Advanced Readings in Ancient Greek Stayskal MWF 11:30–12:40 4 GREK 202
LAT 103: Introductory Latin 3 Engelsing MWF 10:00–11:20 5 LAT 102
LAT 203: Intermediate Latin 3 Krause MWF 1:00–2:20 5 LAT 202

CLST 450: Sophistry looks at the villains of philosophy. Tradition asserts that the sophists claimed to teach virtue—for a fee—but actually taught students to prize victory over truth and to make the weaker argument defeat the stronger. Recent scholarship tries to rehabilitate their memory with titles like Reason's Dark Champions. We examine the sophists' writings, their accusers, and their apologists; the course will investigate both the sophists of classical Greece and the later Second Sophistic that arose in the Roman Empire. Students will learn the power of the dark side of λόγος.