Courses - Faculty of Arts


Classical Studies

Stage I

CLASSICS 110
15 Points

CLASSICS 110G
15 Points

Classical Mythology

A study of ancient Greek and Roman mythology – its gods, heroes and monsters – through the works of major writers and artists from the Greco-Roman world.

CLASSICS 130
15 Points

Love and Death in Greek and Roman Literature

A study of selected literary texts from ancient Greece and Rome that deal with two themes that continue to be relevant today.

Stage II

CLASSICS 210
15 Points

Greek and Roman Epic Poetry

A study of the beginnings of European epic poetry: especially in Homer and Virgil.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 310

CLASSICS 214
15 Points

Special Topic: Leadership in Greece and Rome

Tyrants, queens, generals and consuls: this course explores the representation of leadership in Greco-Roman literature. It explains and discusses the depiction of leaders, leadership and “the people” across a range of genres. How was leadership constructed according to ancient social and cultural norms? How did heroism relate to leadership? Do modern societies still reflect ancient ideals of leadership?

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 314

CLASSICS 215
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 315

CLASSICS 216
15 Points

Sex and Power in Greek and Roman Literature

Many Greek and Roman literary works deal with sex and power. This course will explore a range of ancient literary representations of women, men, femininity, masculinity, sexual practices and sexual prejudices. Students will study how ancient authors were influenced by the socio-political context and the constraints of different literary genres. All texts will be read in translation.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 316

CLASSICS 217
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 317

CLASSICS 220
15 Points

Greek and Roman Comedy

A study of the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, Plautus and Terence.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 320

CLASSICS 230
15 Points

The Novel in Greece and Rome

A study of Greek and Roman prose fiction with emphasis on origins, conventions, techniques and influence: Petronius, Longus, Apuleius and others.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 330

CLASSICS 240
15 Points

Dialogues of Plato

An interpretative study with attention to the literary form, dramatic and rhetorical features and dialectical method, with their implications for our understanding of the arguments, concepts and positions presented. Dialogues to be read involve topics such as: ethics, the soul, love, education, knowledge, politics, reason and persuasion, the theory of forms and the nature of the cosmos.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Classical Studies, Ancient History, Philosophy, or GREEK 101, or LATIN 101, or EUROPEAN 100, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 340

CLASSICS 250
15 Points

Philosophical Writing in Antiquity

A study of some influential philosophical texts from Greco-Roman antiquity with reference to circumstances of composition and ancient reception. Writers studied may include Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Cicero, Lucretius, Seneca the Younger, Plutarch, Sextus Empiricus, and Augustine.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Classical Studies, Ancient History, Philosophy, or GREEK 101, or LATIN 101, or EUROPEAN 100, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 350

CLASSICS 260
15 Points

Culture, Nature and Ancient Philosophy

An investigation with reference to cultural context of important questions and ways of thinking about human life and the natural world discussed by Greek and Roman philosophers. Thinkers studied may include the Presocratics, Sophists, Socrates and Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic schools, and later Sceptics and Platonists.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Classical Studies, Ancient History, Philosophy, or GREEK 101, or LATIN 101, or EUROPEAN 100, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 360

CLASSICS 270
15 Points

Art and Society in Ancient Greece

A study of the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the visual arts as vehicles for the expression of social values and political and imperial ideas.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Art History, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 370

CLASSICS 280
15 Points

Art and Society in Ancient Rome

A study of the art and architecture of the ancient Romans. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the visual arts as vehicles for the expression of social values and political and imperial ideas.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Art History, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 380

CLASSICS 285
15 Points

Classical Tragedy

Tragedy as a concept, a means of interpreting events, and a literary genre, is central to the ancient Greeks' way of constructing their world. Through a close reading of a selection of ancient dramas, this course will explore the nature and interpretation of tragedy with particular reference to Aristotle's Poetics.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I in Ancient History, Classical Studies, Drama, or GREEK 101 or LATIN 101, and 30 points passed

Restriction: CLASSICS 385

Stage III

CLASSICS 310
15 Points

Greek and Roman Epic Poetry

A study of the beginnings of European epic poetry especially in Homer and Virgil.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 210

CLASSICS 314
15 Points

Special Topic: Special Topic: Leadership in Greece and Rome

Tyrants, queens, generals and consuls: this course explores the representation of leadership in Greco-Roman literature. It explains and discusses the depiction of leaders, leadership and “the people” across a range of genres. How was leadership constructed according to ancient social and cultural norms? How did heroism relate to leadership? Do modern societies still reflect ancient ideals of leadership?

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 214

CLASSICS 315
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 215

CLASSICS 316
15 Points

Sex and Power in Greek and Roman Literature

Many Greek and Roman literary works deal with sex and power. This course will explore a range of ancient literary representations of women, men, femininity, masculinity, sexual practices and sexual prejudices. Students will study how ancient authors were influenced by the socio-political context and the constraints of different literary genres. All texts will be read in translation.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, Classical Studies and Ancient History, Gender Studies, Greek, or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 216

CLASSICS 317
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 217

CLASSICS 320
15 Points

Greek and Roman Comedy

A study of the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander, Plautus and Terence.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 220

CLASSICS 330
15 Points

The Novel in Greece and Rome

A study of Greek and Roman prose fiction with emphasis on origins, conventions, techniques and influence: Petronius, Longus, Apuleius and others.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 230

CLASSICS 340
15 Points

Dialogues of Plato

An interpretative study with attention to the literary form, dramatic and rhetorical features and dialectical method, with their implications for our understanding of the arguments, concepts and positions presented. Dialogues to be read include topics such as: ethics, the soul, love, education, knowledge, politics, reason and persuasion, the theory of forms, and the nature of the cosmos.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek

Restriction: CLASSICS 240

CLASSICS 350
15 Points

Philosophical Writing in Antiquity

A study of some influential philosophical texts from Greco-Roman antiquity with reference to circumstances of composition and ancient reception. Writers studied may include Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Cicero, Lucretius, Seneca the Younger, Plutarch, Sextus Empiricus, and Augustine.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek

Restriction: CLASSICS 250

CLASSICS 360
15 Points

Culture, Nature and Ancient Philosophy

An investigation with reference to cultural context of important questions and ways of thinking about human life and the natural world discussed by Greek and Roman philosophers. Thinkers studied may include the Presocratics, Sophists, Socrates and Plato, Aristotle, the Hellenistic schools, and later Sceptics and Platonists.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Latin

Restriction: CLASSICS 260

CLASSICS 370
15 Points

Art and Society in Ancient Greece

A study of the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the visual arts as vehicles for the expression of social values and political and imperial ideas.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies or Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek or Art History

Restriction: CLASSICS 270

CLASSICS 377
15 Points

Study Abroad (Rome)

Study abroad on archaeological sites in the Roman Empire.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 377

CLASSICS 378
15 Points

Study Abroad (Greece)

Study abroad on archaeological sites in Greece.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Ancient History, Classical Studies, or Classical Studies and Ancient History, and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: ANCHIST 378

CLASSICS 380
15 Points

Art and Society in Ancient Rome

A study of the art and architecture of the ancient Romans. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the visual arts as vehicles for the expression of social values and political and imperial ideas.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies or Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Latin or Art History

Restriction: CLASSICS 280

CLASSICS 385
15 Points

Classical Tragedy

Tragedy as a concept, a means of interpreting events, and a literary genre, is central to the ancient Greeks' way of constructing their world. Through a close reading of a selection of ancient dramas, this course will explore the nature and interpretation of tragedy with particular reference to Aristotle's Poetics.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II in Classical Studies or Ancient History, or 30 points at Stage II in Greek, Latin or Drama

Restriction: CLASSICS 285

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