Autumn 2024 Course Offerings

Check out the tabs below to see what courses will be offered by the Department of Classics in the Autumn 2024 semester.

Courses are subject to change - always check BuckeyeLink for the most updated list of courses.

CLAS 1101/1101H - Introduction to Classical Literature

Introductory survey of the Greek and Roman achievement in literature and its contribution to Western thought; selected readings in English translation in major authors from Homer to Boethius.

GEN Foundations: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
GEL Literature, Diversity: Global Studies

CLAS 2201/2201H - Classical Civilization: Greece

A survey of ancient Greek civilization, concentrating upon important facets of literature, history, art, and archaeology.

GEN Foundations: Historical and Cultural Studies
GEL Cultures and Ideas, Diversity: Global Studies

CLAS 2202/2202H - Classical Civilization: Rome

A survey of the civilization of ancient Rome, concentrating upon important facets of literature, history, art, and archaeology.

GEN Foundations: Historical and Cultural Studies
GEL Cultures and Ideas, Diversity: Global Studies

CLAS 2204 - Medicine in the Ancient World

An introduction to the theory and practice of medicine in ancient Greece and Rome.

GEL Cultures and Ideas, Diversity: Global Studies

CLAS 2205 - Sports and Spectacles in the Ancient World

The history and social role of gymnastic and athletic competition in Greece and Rome. The evolution of their modern revivals.

GEN Foundations: Historical and Cultural Studies
GEL Cultures and Ideas

CLAS 2220/2220H - Classical Mythology

Personalities and attributes of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, their mythology and its influence on Western culture.

GEN Foundations: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
GEL Literature, Diversity: Global Studies

CLAS 3203 - War and Displacement in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature

This courses focuses on 1) war and displacement in ancient Greek and Roman literature and 2) current scholarship on migration, mobility, and immobility in the ancient world. We investigate whether and how ancient literary texts (typically produced by elite men) can be used to study broader phenomena in the experience of ancient peoples, such as displacement, exile, and captivity.

GEN Themes: Migration, Mobility, and Immobility
GEL Literature

CLAS 3205 - What is Race? Perspectives from Antiquity to the Present

This course introduces students to ancient Greek and Roman ideas of race, ethnicity, and gender, to the intersections between these ideas in the thought and lived experience of ancient peoples, to how these ideas were used, remade, and redeployed in early modernity and afterward, and to the key role of the ancient Mediterranean in modern racist ideologies.

GEN Foundations: Race, Ethnicity and Gender Diversity

CLAS 3302 - Citizenship in Democratic Athens

This class explores the performance of citizenship in ancient Athens. We will study how eighteenth and nineteenth century thinkers sought to marginalize Athens' democratic nature, we will then cover Athens' transformation from oligarchy to tyranny, learn about democracy in the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, and examine Athens' political structure. 

GEN Themes: Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World

CLAS 6001 - Proseminar

Prepares new graduate students for research in Classics.


CLAS 7891 - Epigraphy Seminar

Graduate research seminar on Greek and/or Latin epigraphy.

GREEK 1101 - Elementary Ancient Greek I

This course introduces students to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Ancient Greek language, in addition to familiarizing students with ancient Greek culture and society.

GEN Foundations: World Languages
GEL Language

GREEK 1103 - Intermediate Ancient Greek II

Students will develop reading skills for understanding many different types of texts through the aid of a dictionary, commentary, and reference grammar; the focus of the course will primarily be on reading prose texts.

GEN Foundations: World Languages
GEL Language

GREEK 2104 - Greek Tragedy

Readings from the tragedies of Sophocles or Euripides.


GREEK 5014 - Greek Drama

Readings in Greek drama, from tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and comedies of Aristophanes and Menander.

LATIN 1101.01 - Elementary Latin I

Elementary level introduction to the Latin language; the course begins the study of grammar and vocabulary.

GEN Foundations: World Languages
GEL Language

LATIN 1102.01 - Intermediate Latin I

Completion of Latin grammar and syntax; introduction to reading of Latin authors.

GEN Foundations: World Languages
GEL Language

LATIN 1103 - Intermediate Latin II

This course concludes the GE language sequence for Latin, and prepares you for further literary study in Latin literature courses at the 2000-level and above. The primary goal is to achieve Latin reading proficiency by exploring a range of Roman authors and literary styles and to consolidate your knowledge of grammar and syntax.

GEN Foundations: WOrld Languages
GEL Language

LATIN 2101 - Cicero

The primary aim of this intermediate-level Latin course is to improve students' ability to read the Latin language. The course will focus on close readings of works by Cicero (106
BCE-43 BCE), whose career as a politician, orator, and philosopher gives great insight into the lived experience of the end of the Republic.


LATIN 5017 - Roman Satire and Novel

Readings from Roman satirical poetry and novels such as texts by Horatius, Juvenal, and Petronius.


LATIN 6891 - Latin Survey: Prose

A survey of Latin Prose Literature from its beginning to late antiquity focusing on language competence and literary history.

MDRNGRK 1101 - Elementary Modern Greek

Introduces students to the language, covering the basic skills of reading, understanding and writing.

GEN Foundations: World Languages
GEL Language

MDRNGRK 1103 - Intermediate Modern Greek II

Continues the 1101-1102 sequence. The course helps students expand their vocabulary and improve their fluency in speaking the language.

GEN Foundations: World Languages
GEL Language

MDRNGRK 2000 - Athens: The Modern City

The history and culture of modern Athens. The way events such as wars and migration transformed the urban fabric of the city.

GEN Foundations: Historical and Cultural Studies
GEL Cultures and Ideas, Diversity: Global Studies

MDRNGRK 2680 - Folklore of Contemporary Greece

A general survey of socio-cultural trends and issues in modern Greece through close examination of ethnographies and other folk expressions.

GEN Foundations: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
GEL Visual and Performing Arts, Diversity: Global Studies

MDRNGRK 3710 - Modern Greek Literature in Translation

Review of the Modern Greek literary tradition of the last two centuries through representative works and from a theoretical perspective.

GEN Foundations: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
GEL Literature, Diversity: Global Studies

MDRNGRK 4002 - Advanced Modern Greek II

Completes the language sequence. Students develop translation skills and continue practicing conversation and composition.