Pompeiian fresco, 1st c. AD

CC200 Classical World
MWF 1.25-2.20

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MW 11 or by appointment


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This course serves as an introduction to classical antiquity for students pursuing studies in ancient Greece and Rome, for those interested in the classical tradition and the impact of the study of antiquity on Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and for those seeking a general background in the western tradition. The centerpiece of the course will be an examination of Greek and Latin literature within their larger social contexts. Readings (in English) will include Greek and Latin epic, tragic and comic poetry, letters and orations; history and historiography; and philosophical and political treatises. The physical remains of classical antiquity, theoretical issues, and the classical tradition will also undergo scrutiny.
The theme for this year's "Classical World" course is "community." Through the examination and analysis of art and texts, we will focus on the ways in which the Greeks and Romans constructed their communities, who could belong and who could not, the values upon which their communities were predicated, the lengths they would go to reenter and/or to protect their created communities, and the ways in which their ideals of community have been preserved and passed on to us.
  • Prof. Michael Arnush, Greek and Roman history
  • Prof. Frank Gonzalez, Greek philosophy
  • Prof. Leslie Mechem, Greek and Roman art and archaeology
  • Prof. Erika Nesholm, Greek and Latin literature
  • Prof. Annelies Wouters, Greek and Latin literature
  • Prof. Marc-Andre Wiesmann, Latin literature
Special events lecturers:
  • Ruth Copans, Scribner Librarian, manuscripts and the literary tradition
  • Prof. Mary Crone Odekon, astronomy and astrophysics
  • John Weber (Tang Director) and Ian Berry (Tang Curator), Tang collections
Course Objectives:
  • to understand the content, form, and scope of major literary genres in ancient Greece and Rome
  • to view these genres in their social and historical contexts
  • to identify and assess selected artifacts and monuments
  • to read and anyalyze historical documents within their social contexts
  • to develop critical thinking abilities and learn to articulate them orally and in written form
  • to write a literary, historical art historical, philosophical or archaeological analysis supported by evidence
  • to conduct research by traditional and digital methods