2000 Level Courses

**Classical Studies program students are encouraged to take Classical Studies 3000 level courses already in their second year of university studies


CS2200: Classical Mythology (Brown)
Students will be introduced to the major myth cycles of ancient Greece and Rome, with reference to the cultural contexts in which they were produced and received. Students will become familiar with the ancient images and original texts (in translation) that provide us with evidence for the mythic narratives. Some of the major theoretical approaches to the study of myth will be briefly introduced.
Antirequisite: The former CS 137
2 lecture hours; 1.0 course

CS2300: Sport and Recreation in the Ancient World (Lamari)
This course will examine the various sports, and recreational and leisure activities available to people in the ancient world (principally Greece and Rome) using literary and artistic sources. Topics to be examined include ancient Greek athletics and the Olympic Games; the Panathenaia; erotics and athletics; ball games; the symposium, prostitution; Roman gladiatorial combat and other amphitheatrical events; chariot racing; eating and drinking; baths and bathing; gambling; and taverns and bars.
Antirequisite: The former CS 136
2 lecture hours; 1.0 course

CS2301A&B: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Greece and Rome (Nousek)
This course is an introduction to crime and criminal law in ancient Greece and Rome.  Modern criminology may provide comparison and perspective.  Readings may include law, rhetoric, philosophy, drama, and/or historiography.  No previous knowledge of Greece and Rome is necessary and all readings are in English.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

CS2440B: Alexander the Great (Murison)
Alexander III of Macedon (reigned 336-323 BC), although only thirty-two at the time of his death, is arguably one of the most significant figures in all of recorded history. Equally, almost every aspect of his life and legacy has been the subject of intense controversy. This introductory course will consider the rise of Macedonia to supremacy in the Greek world, Alexander’s background and upbringing, and his military campaigns, policies, plans and personality. The reasons for the differing views about him will also be explored.
Antirequisite: The former CS 2905B (if taken in 2010-11) and CS 2904B (if taken in 2011-12, 2012-13).
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

CS2480B (2903B): Roman Emperors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Meyer)
This course will examine the characters, policies, and actions of many of the most famous and infamous of Rome’s emperors, including Augustus, Nero, Domitian, Marcus Aurelius, Constantine and Julian the Apostate.  We will discuss the virtues of the best emperors, the depravities of the worst emperors, and the means by which these men are judged. In the process we will examine the public and private lives of Roman emperors and their associates, from the spectacles sponsored by victorious generals to the scandals of the imperial household.  We will use literary, documentary and archaeological evidence to determine what made a good or bad emperor, how their reputations were formed, and whether they are justified.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course

CS2500B: Ancient Cities in the Mediterranean (Pratt)
The course focuses on the archaeological remains of some of the earliest and most impressive cities and civilizations in human history, such as Jericho, Mycenae, Athens and Rome. Throughout the course, we will investigate the earliest signs of urban organization in the archaeological record of the Near East and track the evolution of the physical layout and social organization of urban life through 10,000 years of history in the Mediterranean. The course ends with an in-depth look at the urban centres of the Greeks and Romans.
2 lecture hours; 0.5 course

CS2525B (CS2908B): Egyptian Art and Architecture (Pratt)
This course is designed as a broad introduction to the world of Egyptian art and architecture. Starting with the Predynastic period, we will trace the major trends of Egyptian visual materials, such as sculpture, architecture, and painting, and conclude with the New Kingdom.  Emphasis will be placed on learning the tools for visual recognition of Egyptian art and architecture within its cultural and historical context.
2 lecture hours; 0.5 course

CS2810A: Ancient Greece on Film (Olson)
This course seeks to introduce students to the epic films set in ancient Greece. Besides detailed discussion of individual films, topics covered will include:

  1. how and why events are selected and portrayed in film
  2. the differences between history and Hollywood mythology, history and fiction
  3. how the portrayal of cinematic Greece has changed over time
  4. conventions of the Greek epic and the use of spectacle and hyperbole

2 lecture hours; 0.5 course

CS2840B (CS2902B): Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams, and Distortions (Olson)
The details of Cleopatra’s life story are well-known: the ambitious and intelligent queen’s liaison with Julius Caesar, the birth of their son, and her passionate love-affair and subsequent suicide (via asp) with Roman statesman Mark Antony. Cleopatra’s story is one of death, sex, and power, which may be treated in witty or tragic fashion. This course examines the life and times of Cleopatra, her role in Egyptian and Roman history, and Cleopatra in ancient art and coinage. The Cleopatra we know is the Cleopatra of myth and fantasy as well (a myth which began during her lifetime) and we will also look at the reception of her image from antiquity to the present in literature, art, and film.
2 lecture hours, 0.5 course