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Culture Courses

These include courses in Greek, Roman and Mediterranean history, culture and mythology. All material in these courses is studied in English, and no knowledge of Greek, Latin or Hebrew is required. Students intending to proceed to Classical Studies Honours are strongly encouraged to include a course in Latin or Greek in their undergraduate curriculum. At the Senior level, most of the Culture and History courses are offered in alternate years. Most of these courses can be take in a particular year either as a 2000-level course or as a 3000-level course.

SLL1055S Introduction to Classical Literature and Thought: Ancient Popular Culture

Course Convenor: Professor D. Wardle

Entrance requirements: none

This course provides an education in cultural literacy through written, visual and performative texts (including film), focusing on Greek and Roman writers and artists and their influence in the modern age. Topics covered include Greek and Roman theatre, art, religion, love, sex and gender roles, the novel in antiquity, science and philosophy, Pompeii. (Not all these topics are necessarily taught every year.)


SLL1057F Introduction to Ancient Egypt (offered in 2015)

Course Convenor: Dr R.E. Roth

Entrance requirements: none

This course provides an overview of Egyptian history with special reference to the dynastic period c 3050 to 1069 BC and the period of foreign occupation (Nubian dynasty, Ptolemies), 664-to 30 BC. The course will address issues of Egyptian chronology and identity and provide an introduction to key aspects of Egyptian civilization.


SLL1097S Introducing Ancient History

Course Convenor: Dr R.E. Roth

Entrance requirements: none

An introduction to the study of ancient history, that is, in the Mediterranean world from the 8th century BC to the early Roman Empire (1st century AD).


SLL2055S Athenian Life and Culture

Course Convenor: Professor D. Wardle

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status

A study of the world of ancient Athens – democracy, slavery, the life of women, culture and art, Athenian religion and architecture.


SLL2056S Roman Society and Law (offered in 2015)

Course Convenor: Professor D. Wardle

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status

The course will survey the development of Roman Law in its social context from the Law of the 12 Tables to Justinian’s codification of the law. Topics will include citizenship, marriage and inheritance law, slavery, business practice and welfare schemes, crime and punishment, art, Roman historiography and biography.


SLL2057F The City in the Ancient World

Course Convenor: A/Professor C.E. Chandler

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status

A study of some major cities of the ancient Mediterranean world, such as Rome, Alexandria, Byzantium and Carthage. This course will consider how these cities developed and were managed and what life was like for their inhabitants. The evidence includes archaeological finds, art and literary texts.


SLL1097S Introducing Ancient History

Course Convenor: Dr R.E. Roth

Entrance requirements: none

An introduction to the study of ancient history, that is, in the Mediterranean world from the 8th century BC to the early Roman Empire (1st century AD).


SLL2058F Ancient Mythology

Course Convenor: Professor D. Wardle

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status

This course provides a detailed study of selected myths of Ancient Greece and Rome, including the following topics: Theories of Myths and their meaning; the ideological uses of Myth; Myth in Classical Art and literature; Myth in post-classical literary and artistic traditions.


SLL2059F Roman Literature and Empire (offered in 2015)

Course Convenor: Dr R.E. Roth

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status

The course deals with the Roman World from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD. It examines the nature and development of Roman rule under the emperors and the literature that emerged in a culturally diverse empire.


SLL3001F Sex from Sappho to Cyber

Course Convenor: A/Professor C.E. Chandler

Entrance requirements: 3rd year status

The study of erotica in Europe from antiquity to the modern period.


SLL3055S Athenian Life and Culture

For course content see SLL2055S.


SLL3056S Roman Society and Law

Offered in 2015.

For course content see SLL2055S.


SLL3059F Rome: Literature and Empire Life

Offered in 2015.

For course content see SLL2059F.


SLL3057F The City in the Ancient World

For course content see SLL2057F.