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Undergraduate Studies: Classical Studies

Language Courses

Greek

SLL1052F Greek IA  

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Ancient Greek. It provides an introduction to basic grammar and syntax, and includes reading of selected texts, language work, and aspects of Greek culture. Entrance requirements: none.

 

SLL1053S Greek IB  

This course builds further on the grammar and syntax taught in SLL1052F Greek IA, and includes further reading of selected texts, language work, and aspects of Greek culture. Entrance requirements: SLL1052F Greek IA.

 

Greek Senior Courses

SLL2052F Greek IIA and SLL3052F Greek IIIA, and SLL2053S Greek IIB and SLL3053S Greek IIIB, have some common components, in particular most of the set work sections; but these differ each year so that no component common to both courses is repeated in successive years. In each year of the Greek Senior courses a selection of works by four authors (e.g. Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, Thucydides, Plato, Demosthenes). In each semester one prose work and one poetic work is read.

 

SLL2052F Greek IIA

This course includes reading of selected authors (see above), in their socio-historical context, practice in unseen translation, language work and stylistics. Entrance requirements: SLL1053S Greek IB.

 

SLL2053S Greek IIB

This course includes reading of selected authors (see above), in their socio-historical context, practice in unseen translation, language work and stylistics. Entrance requirements: SLL2052F Greek IIA.

 

SLL3052F Greek IIIA          

This course includes reading of selected authors (see above), in their socio-historical context, practice in unseen translation, language work and stylistics. Entrance requirements: SLL2053S Greek IIB.

 

SLL3053S Greek IIIB           

This course includes reading of selected authors (see above), in their socio-historical context, practice in unseen translation, language work and stylistics. Entrance requirements: SLL3052F Greek IIIA.

 

Latin

Prerequisites for Latin track: students who have Matriculated in Latin with a C grade or above may be admitted directly into Latin IB (SLL1051S) at the discretion of the Head of Section. Students with Matric Latin who do not qualify for admission into Latin IB will be required to take Latin IA.

 

SLL1050F Latin IA

This course is primarily designed for those who have not studied Latin before, but is also open to those who have done some Latin at school but not enough to enter Latin IIA. Course outline: The course provides an introduction to Latin for students with no previous knowledge of Latin. It offers insights into word formation and sentence structure and the Latin roots of common words in English. The syllabus includes a selection of prose and verse passages, and a study of various aspects of Roman life. Entrance requirements: none.

 

SLL1051S Latin IB    

The course provides further instruction in Latin grammar and syntax, and includes a selection of prose and verse passages, and a study of various aspects of Roman life. Entrance requirements: SLL1050F Latin IA (or C grade matriculation).

 

Latin Senior Courses have some common components, in particular most of the set work sections; but these differ each year so that no component common to both courses is repeated in successive years.

 

SLL2050F Latin IIA 

Course outline: Language work and prescribed texts, drawn from a range of authors (e.g. Cicero, Catullus, Petronius. Entrance requirements: SLL1051S Latin IB.

 

SLL2051S Latin IIB

Language work and prescribed texts, drawn from one or more of the following: Virgil, Ovid, Livy, Sallust. Entrance requirements: SLL2050F Latin IIA.

 

SLL3050F Latin IIIA

Selections from Cicero, Catullus and from Roman Satire (Horace or Juvenal or Petronius). On the language side tuition is given in prose composition and Latin stylistics. Entrance requirements: SLL2051S Latin IIB.

 

SLL3051S Latin IIIB

Selections from: Virgil or Ovid and Livy or Sallust. On the language side tuition is given in prose composition and Latin stylistics. Entrance requirements: SLL3050F Latin IIIA.

 

SLL1002F/S Word Power

This course may also be offered in Summer/Winter Term – please consult the Faculty website.

Entrance requirements: None

Course outline: the course consists of three components: words and ideas: focus on concepts deriving from ancient words and key words associated with them; word-building skills; style: focus on the use of English grammar.

 

Classical Studies (‘Cultural/Historical track’)

These include courses in Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean history, culture and mythology (including North Africa and Ancient Egypt). All material in these courses is studied in English, and no knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin 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 [Not currently offered].

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).

 

SLL1136S The World of Aeneas

Entrance requirements: none.

This course provides an introduction to the cultural history of ancient Rome and her empire. The Aeneid, the poet Virgil’s epic account of Rome’s origins and of the vision of her later greatness, will form a starting point for a survey of Roman culture through ancient texts (in translation), art and archaeology. Students will acquire basic familiarity with the most significant Roman literary genres, and with the study of Roman life and society through the analysis of materials ranging from wall-paintings in private houses to the remains of the monuments and public spaces of Rome as an imperial capital.

 

SLL1057F Introduction to Ancient Egypt

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

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/3055S Athenian Life and Culture

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status or 3rd year status – depending on the level at which you wish to register for the course.

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

 

SLL2056S/3056S Roman Society and Law

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status or 3rd year status – depending on the level at which you wish to register for the course.

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/3057F The City in the Ancient World

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status or 3rd year status – depending on the level at which you wish to register for the course.

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.

 

SLL2058F Ancient Mythology

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/3059F Roman Literature and Empire

Entrance requirements: 2nd year status or 3rd year status – depending on the level at which you wish to register for the course.

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

Entrance requirements: 3rd year status

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

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