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Classical Studies (Cl St)

200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses | www.iastate.edu/~classics

(Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program)

Program Committee: M. Henry, Chair; G. Betcher, T. Butler, J. Cunnally, J. Goodwin, M. Graham, J. Hagge, D. Hollander, D. Hunter, M. Mook

The Classical Studies program is a cross-disciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences which offers an integrated curriculum of courses in the languages, literatures, history, and thought of ancient Greece and Rome from prehistoric times to the reign of the Emperor Constantine. Complete and current information about the Program may be found on-line at: www.iastate.edu/~classics/

Courses in Classical Studies provide background for students whose major fields of study or career interests include Anthropology, English, World Languages and Cultures, History, Music, Philosophy, Women's Studies, law, medicine, material culture, political science, the life sciences and related fields. Students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary major in Classical Studies should consult the Program Chair.

A student who wishes to declare a minor must successfully complete the following requirements: (a) Greek 201 or Latin 201; (b) Cl St 273 or 275; (c) Three additional courses (nine credits) from the courses listed below (primary or departmental), or as approved by the program committee.

Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 310, 367, 402, 403, 404, 430.

Primary Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

Cl St 273. Greek and Roman Mythology. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.SS. Survey of the legends, myths of the classical world with emphasis on the principal gods, and heroes, and their relation to ancient social, psychological, and religious practices; some attention may be given to important modern theories.
H. Honors (4-0) Cr. 4.

Cl St 275. The Ancient City. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Examination of ancient urban life, including historical context, physical space, material culture, religion, literature, and art; examination of civic identity (the "polis"). Contrast between the concepts of urban and rural. Examples drawn from specific ancient cities; some attention to modern methods of recovering the conditions of ancient urban life and the fundamental concept of the city in European history.
H. Honors. (4-0) Cr. 4.

Cl St 304. Cultural Heritage of the Ancient World. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Historical examination of art, literature, thought, and religious beliefs of major civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean countries until the end of the 8th century.

Cl St 310. Ancient Philosophy. (Cross-listed with Phil). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Phil 201. Survey of ancient Greek philosophy, focusing on the pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle. Questions concerning being, knowledge, language, and the good life are treated in depth. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Cl St 350. Rhetorical Theories and Issues in Context. (Cross-listed with Engl, Sp Cm). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Engl 250. Ideas about the relationship between rhetoric and society in contemporary and historical contexts. An exploration of classical and contemporary rhetorical theories in relation to selected topics that may include politics, gender, race, ethics, education, science, or technology.

Cl St 353. World Literature: Western Foundations through Renaissance. (Cross-listed with Engl). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Engl 250. Representative works from the drama, epics, poetry, and prose of the Ancient World through the late sixteenth century. May include Homer, Aeschylus, Sappho, Catullus, Dante, Marie de France, Boccaccio, Christine de Pizan, Cervantes, and others.

Cl St 367. Christianity in the Roman Empire. (Cross-listed with Relig). (3-0) Cr. 3. An historical introduction to the rise of Christianity in the Roman empire, with special attention to the impact of Greco-Roman culture on the thought and practice of Christians and the interaction of early Christians with their contemporaries. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Cl St 372. Greek and Roman Drama. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 273 or 275 or one course in Latin or Greek. Cultural significance and development of drama in ancient Athens and Rome; selected readings in English from dramatists such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Artistophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence and Seneca.
H. Honors (4-0) Cr. 4.

Cl St 373. Greek and Roman Epic. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 273 or 275 or one course in Latin or Greek. Focuses on the cultural and political significance of epic in Greece and Rome. Particular emphasis may be given to the development of the heroic code and its implications for Greco-Roman culture. Readings in English from authors such as Homer and Vergil.
H. Honors (4-0) Cr. 4.

Cl St 374. Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World. (Cross-listed with Hist, W S). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. S. Prereq: Any one course in Cl St, W S, Latin, or Greek. Chronological and topical survey of the status of women in the Ancient Mediterranean world; study of constructs of the female and the feminine. Readings from ancient and modern sources. Emphasis on either the Greek world and Hellenistic Egypt, or Hellenistic Egypt and Rome.
A. Hellenic World and Hellenistic Egypt
B. Roman World including Roman Egypt

Cl St 376. Classical Archaeology. (Cross-listed with Hist, Relig). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. S. Chronological survey of the material culture of the ancient Greece-Roman world and the role of archaeological context in understanding the varied aspects of ancient Greek or Roman culture. Among other topics, economy, architecture, arts and crafts, trade and exchange, religion and burial customs will be explored.
A. Bronze Age (Minoan and Mycenaean palatial cultures) and Early Iron Age Greece. (ca 3000-700 BC).
B. Archaic through Hellenistic Greece (ca 700-30 BC).

Cl St 394. The Archaeology of Greece: An Introduction. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Introduction to the topography, history, archaeology, monuments and art of Greece from the Bronze Age through the Ottoman period; attention given to the culture of modern Greece, preparatory to study abroad in Greece (Cl St 395).

Cl St 395. Study Abroad: The Archaeology of Greece. Cr. 2-6. SS. Prereq: 394. Supervised on-site instruction in the archaeology, monuments, and art of Greece from the Bronze Age through the Ottoman period; attention given to the culture of modern Greece.

Cl St 402. Ancient Greece. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period; evolution of Greek polis and its cultural contributions. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Cl St 403. Ancient Rome I. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Political, social, and institutional history of ancient Rome, and its cultural contributions studied through original sources: Republican Era: Regal Period to the Fall of the Republic. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Cl St 404. Ancient Rome II. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Political, social, and institutional history of ancient Rome, and its cultural contributions studied through original sources: Imperial Age: Augustus to the fall of the Western Empire. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Cl St 430. Western Political Thought: Plato to Machiavelli. (Cross-listed with Pol S). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 6 credits in political science, philosophy, or European history. Major concepts in original texts of classical, medieval, and renaissance authors: justice, community, man's basic nature; natural law; force; society outside the political order. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Cl St 480. Seminar in Classical Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: 30 credits in Classical Studies or related courses, permission of Program Chair. Advanced study of a selected topic in Classical Studies. Research paper or project selected by the student.

Cl St 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. Prereq: 7 credits in classical studies at the 200 level or higher; permission of the Program Chair. Designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study specific topics in classical civilization in areas where courses are not offered, or to pursue such study beyond the limits of existing courses.

Courses primarily for graduate studnets, open to qualified undergraduate students

Cl St 512A. Proseminar in Ancient European History. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Readings in European history.
A. Ancient (Same as HIST 512A)

Cl St 594A. Seminar in Ancient European History. (Cross-listed with Hist). (3-0) Cr. 3. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Topics vary each time offered.
A. Ancient (Same as HIST 594A)