M 11.15-12.10 TuTh 11.10-12.30 (Ladd 206)
Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: TuTh 1-2pm

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, for those looking to develop their writing skills within the discipline of classical studies, and for those seeking a general background in the western tradition. The centerpiece of the course is an examination of Greek and Latin literature within their larger social contexts. Readings (in English) will include Greek and Latin epic, tragic 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 interdisciplinary approach to classical antiquity that CC200 takes invites multiple perspectives on and interpretations of the literary and material evidence from ancient Greece and Rome. To that end, the course is co-taught by the following faculty:
  • Michael Arnush (Classics and History)
  • Ruth Copans (Scribner Library)
  • Dan Curley (Classics)
  • Leslie Mechem (Classics and Art History)
  • Jackie Murray (Classics)
  • Matt Ostrow (Philosophy)
  • David Porter (Classics)
  • Marc-Andre Wiesmann (French)
As you will learn, these faculty colleagues will approach the material from very different perspectives. How they choose to read and interpret the evidence will be at the centerpiece of the course and they will challenge you to craft your own informed responses to and interpretations of the material. The variety of disciplines and methodological approaches provide the context for the papers you will write. Over the course of the semester, you will learn to write from literary, archaeological and historical perspectives; you will develop skills as a critic of others' work and as a listener to critiques of your own writing; and you will learn to revise your work to craft a polished final product.
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.
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 literary, art historical/archaeological and historical analyses supported by primary sources (the ancient evidence)
  • to conduct research by traditional and digital methods