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Classical Studies

Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary field examining the vanished civilizations of Ancient Greece and Rome through the study of archaeology, history, mythology, literature and the intellectual traditions of the ancient world, as well as the study of the Greek and Latin languages.

The Program in Classical Studies offers:

  * An Individualized Major in Classical Studies
  * A Minor in Classical Studies

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Course Descriptions

Classical Studies (4-letter subject code: CLAS)

Courses in Classical Archaeology

A301 Classical Archaeology(3 cr.) The material remains of the classical lands from prehistoric through Roman times and a variety of approaches by which they are understood. Archaeological theory and methods are illustrated through select sites, monuments, works of art, and other remains of cultural, artistic, and historical significance. (Equivalent to Herron H310 and IU Bloomington Classical Studies C206/Fine Arts A206; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

A418 Myth and Reality in Classical Art (3 cr.)  An introduction to Classical iconography (the study of images) that explores contemporary approaches to narration and representation. The course examines the illustration of myth, history, and everyday life in Classical art in relation to ancient society. Why and how did ancient societies represent stories in art? What can pottery and sculpture tell us about the role of story-telling in ancient life?

C413 The Art and Archaeology of Greece (3 cr.) Art and archaeology of Greece from about 1000 B.C. through the Hellenistic period. Special attention given to the development of Greek architecture, sculpture, and vase painting. (Equivalent to Herron H413; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

C414 The Art and Archaeology of Rome (3 cr.) Development of Roman architecture, sculpture, and painting from the beginning through the fourth century A.D. Consideration given to the major archaeological sites. Continuation of C413, but C413 is not a prerequisite. (Equivalent to Herron H414; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

Courses in Classical Civilization

C101 Ancient Greek Culture (3 cr.) CLAS-C101 is an historical and topical introduction to ancient Greek culture.  From prehistorical to Hellenistic cultures, C101 surveys the geography, economics, politics, philosophy, religion, society, technology, and daily lives of ancient Greeks by studying representative works of art, architecture, and literature.

C102 Acient Roman Culture (3 cr.) CLAS-C102 is an historical and topical introduction to ancient Roman culture.  From prehistorical to Imperial cultures, C102 surveys the politics, economics, philosophy, religion, society, technology, and deaily lives of ancient Romans by studying representative works of art, architecture, and literature.

C205 Classical Mythology(3 cr.) Introduction to Greek and Roman myths, legends, and tales, especially those that have an important place in the Western cultural tradition.

C209 Medical Terms from Greek and Latin (2cr.) Basic knowledge of some 1,000 words, together with materials for formation of compounds, enables student to build a working vocabulary of several thousand words. Designed for those intending to specialize in medicine, dentistry, or microbiology. Does not count toward the foreign language requirements or the distribution requirement.

C310 Classical Drama (3 cr.) Masterpieces of ancient Greek and Roman theater studied in relation to literary, archaeological, and artistic evidence for their production and interpretation.

C321 Classical Myth and Culture in Film (3 cr.) This course will consider the apparently timeless appeal of the classical world and its mythology to modern filmmakers, reflected in the recent release of blockbuster films.  What do they see (or imagine they see) in the remote, foreign civilizations of antiquity that still appeals to a modern popular audience?  In this course we will compare films with the literary sources on which they are based, examining how the films depict, recast, or distort classical sources, and the extent to which they reflect modern cultural values and interests, ending with an examination of Greek myth in a modern setting, comparing the book & film versions.

C350 Greek Literature in Translation (3 cr.) Survey of Greek literature through selected literary works of such authors as Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato.

C351 The Golden Age of Athens (3 cr.) Literary and artistic masterpieces of classical Greece viewed against the intellectual, cultural, and political background of democratic Athens .

C360 Roman Literature in Translation (3 cr.) No Prerequisites.  Introduction to the study of Roman literature, including military and mythological epics (Virgil's Aeneid), live poetry (Ovid, Catullus), comedy (Plautus, Terence), history (Tacitus) and philosophy (Cicero) and more.

C361 The Golden Age of Rome (3 cr.) Literary and artistic masterpieces of the Augustan age viewed in connection with the foundation of the Roman Empire.

C386 Greek History (3 cr.) Political, social, and economic developments in the Greek world from the age of Mycenae and Troy until the Roman conquest (30 BC). Greek colonial world, Athens and Sparta, career and legend of Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic age. Archaeology as a source of political and social history. (Equivalent to HIST C386; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

C387 Roman History (3 cr.) Political, social, and economic developments in the Roman world from the age of Kings to the late Roman Empire (Equivalent to HIST C387; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

C396 Classical Studies Abroad (1-9 cr.) P: acceptance into an approved Indiana University overseas study program. Credit for foreign study in classical languages, civilization, and archaeology when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. Credit in C396 may be counted toward a minor in classical studies or classical civilization with approval of undergraduate advisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.

C419 Art and Archaeology of Pompeii (3 cr.) Survey of the archaeological evidence of the best-preserved ancient city, noting its importance to our knowledge of everyday life in the first century A.D. (Equivalent to Herron H419; students may not receive credit for both courses.)

C491 Topics in Classical Studies(3 cr.) A detailed examination of a particular aspect of classical civilization using a variety of literary and archaeological evidence.

C495 Individual Reading in Classics(1-3 cr.) P: consent of department. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Courses in Latin

L131-L132 Beginning Latin I-II (4-4 cr.) Fundamentals of the language; develops direct reading comprehension of Latin. P for L132: L131 or equivalent.

L200 Second-Year Latin I(3 cr.) P: L132 or placement. Reading from select authors, emphasizing the variety of Latin prose. Examination of the concept of genre. Grammar review and/or prose composition.

L250 Second-Year Latin II (3 cr.) P: L132 or placement. Reading from Virgil’s Aeneid with examination of the epic as a whole. Prosody of dactylic hexameter and study of poetic devices. Grammar review.

L495 Individual Reading in Latin (1-3 cr.) P: consent of department. May be repeated once for credit.

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Individualized Major in Classical Studies

Students may design a Major in Classical Studies through the Individualized Major Program (IMP).  Students in the IMP work with a faculty member in Classical Studies to design their own curriculum.  Such a major, if properly designed, can produce a marketable degree with numerous valuable job skills.  It may also allow good students to gain admission to graduate programs in classical studies or classical archaeology and to pursue careers in the field.  Students interested in planning an individualized major in Classical Studies should consult the Director of the Program in Classical Studies and the Director of the Individualized Major Program as early as possible in their academic careers.

The Individualized Major requires a minimum of 34 credit hours.
Two courses are required of all students:
I360 Individualized Major Plan (1 cr. hr.)
I460 Individualized Major Senior Project (3 to 6 credit hours)

Minor in Classical Studies, Ancient Greek and Latin

A minor in Classical Studies can be an attractive complement to many majors, particularly art history, religious studies, history, anthropology, English and other foreign languages.

The minor in Classical Studies consists of at least 15 credit hours in classical archaeology, classical civilization, ancient Greek, Latin, or related courses approved by the Program Director (a minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed on the IUPUI campus).  At least 6 credit hours must be taken at the 300-level or higher; up to 6 credits may be applied from 100 level courses.  Up to 6 credit hours may be taken in related fields, as approved the Program Director.

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Study Abroad

Programs abroad are open to students majoring in all academic disciplines and are not restricted to language majors. Study abroad programs include a 3-week-long program in Athens, Greece and a semester-long program in Athens. IU Overseas Study Programs.