CLAS 209   Early Greek Philosophy

William Mullen

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3:00 -4:20 pm

OLIN 204


Cross-listed: Philosophy  Consideration of the principal pre-Socratic philosophers – Parmenides, Heracleitus, Empedocles, Democritus and others – with respect to developments in Greek religion and science as well as to the history of philosophy.



CLAS / LIT 230   “Like Strangers in our

Own City”: Life and Literature in the Late Roman Republic

Benjamin Stevens

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2:30 -3:50 pm

2:30 -4:50 pm



Cross-listed: Human Rights, Literature   The last generations of the Roman Republic saw the loss of traditional lifeways in Italy, sanctioned exploitation at home and abroad, and increasingly intense and varied cultural contacts throughout an unceasingly expanding empire. Roman authors responded to these 'consequences of conquest' by fashioning new forms of Latin literature in genres as diverse as private letters, public speeches, the military diary, epic and lyric poetry, and philosophical prose. That connection -- between profound social and cultural change and vibrant linguistic experimentation -- brought problems of its own and, for us, raises a set of enduring questions. In general, what is -- or could or should be -- the relationship between language and lived experience, between aesthetics and ethics? In particular, what uses of language, and who among its users, may contribute to social performance and cultural critique? In response to difficult and urgent questions, who may speak and who must listen? May speech, in fact, be free?  An essential aim in this writing-intensive course is to consider how studying literature and the conditions of language use may change our own being-in-language. Through an additional hour of meeting most weeks; through writing exercises, language games, and imitations or -- better -- emulations of our ancient authors and their more recent readers; and, above all, by developing a sense of the links between response in language and ethical responsibility, we aim at an intimate revision of our own practices as readers and writers, and, so, of ourselves as beings in language. Special attention is paid to the critical and creative essay.



CLAS 250   Rhetoric and Public Speaking

William Mullen

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1:00 -2:20 pm

OLIN 201


Cross-listed: Literature  A course in the theory and practice of public speaking, with equal emphasis on both aspects and with one meeting per week devoted to each. As practice the course will ask students to give speeches in various genres, from presentation of information before small groups, to formal addresses recommending courses of action to deliberative assemblies. Videos of the speeches given will be used in the process of critiquing them. As theory the course will study the texts of actual orations and of theoretical treatises on the nature of rhetoric, by Greek, Roman, English, and American authors and orators such as Demosthenes, Aristotle, Cicero, Churchill,  Martin Luther King. The emphasis will be on rhetoric as embodied not in written documents but in the spoken word itself. Some time will be spent with tapes and videos of important speeches of the last century.  Open for online pre-registration. 



ARTH 115   The Classical Tradition in Western Architecture

Diana Minsky

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12:00 -1:20 pm





LIT 204A   Comparative Literature A:

Ancient Quarrels-The Critique of Literature in Greek and Latin Antiquity

Thomas Bartscherer

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1:00 – 2:20 pm

OLIN 304




HIST 201   Alexander the Great

James Romm

M . W . .

1:30 -2:50 pm

OLIN 203




REL 141   Sanskrit II

Richard Davis

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9:20 - 10:20 am

OLIN 203




THTR / LIT 310B   Survey of Drama:

Euripides and Nietzsche

Thomas Bartscherer

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1:30 -3:50 pm