Current Graduate Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CLAS 800   Research Forum I  -  Required; usually taken in the first semster of the MA degree
Coordinator: Dr. Barbara Reeves
Discussion of the principal research problems and methodologies in the field of Classical studies. Presentation of faculty research and visiting speakers. Weekly meetings.

CLAS 823   Greek Archaeology II  -  Dr. Cristiana Zaccagnino
This course focuses on art in ancient Greece. We will discuss artists and artisans, from their social status to their ethnicity and gender, how they represented themselves, and their technical skills and innovations. We will study pottery, sculpture, and painting.

CLAS 843   Roman History II: Bad Emperors -  Dr. Beatrice Poletti
This course focuses on ancient portraits of “bad emperors”. Based on the writings of Seneca, Tacitus, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio, among others, we will discuss ancient perceptions of imperial power: What made an emperor ‘unfit’ to rule? Why was the dynastic principle of succession ‘unsound’? How did senators and elite Romans view the public involvement of members of the imperial household, especially women? How reliable are ancient descriptions of ‘monsters’ such as Caligula, Nero, and Domitian? We will address these and other questions through the analysis and discussion of primary and secondary sources in translation.

GREK 823   Greek Verse: History -  Dr. Gaëlle Rioual
An intensive study of Greek historical writings, with special emphasis on Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon.

LATN 814   Latin Prose: Philosophy -  Dr. Bernard Kavanagh
An intensive study of Roman historical writings, with focus on Caesar's "de bello Gallico", Book I,  and other selected readings from Caesar's Commentaries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Winter 2022

CLAS 802   Research Forum II  -  For students in the final year of the MA
Coordinator: Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
Seminar for sharing upper year students’ research ideas. Discussion of scholarly abstracts, outlines, and presentations culminating in each student’s final presentation of their research to the department in a conference format.

CLAS 804   Topography of Athens -  Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
The growth of Athens from the origins to Late Antiquity based on archaeological, literary, epigraphical evidence. The development of the urban space and public and private architecture in connection with the political, social, and cultural history of the city. (May be offered jointly with CLST 404*. There are additional requirements for students at the graduate level but these are determined at the onset of the course.)                                                                                                                  

RELS 887   Problems in the Ancient Mediterranean Religions -  Instructor TBA
An interdisciplinary study of the religions and mythical traditions of Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. Topics will vary according to instructor. the course will have special regard for, but not be limited to, the Levant and the Greek and Roman world.                                                                                  

GREK 822   Greek Prose: Drama  -  Dr. Gaëlle Rioual 
Detailed study of one play of Aischylos, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, or Menander.

LATN 813   Latin  Verse: Lyric  -  Dr. Beatrice Poletti
A study of a major non-epic work or genre, such as Vergil's Georgics; Horace's Odes, Satires, or Epistles; or the elegiac poetry of Propertius, Tibullus, or Ovid.


Summer 2022

Note:  Summer excavations can only be offered if the relevant federal, provincial and Queen's COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

CLAS 808   Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum I  -  Dr. Cristiana Zaccagnino    
An intensive study of archaeological methods and interpretation while participating in a fieldwork project in Sardinia (Italy). Students will actively contribute to the project with scientific reports and stratigraphic records. COST: students are expected to pay their own travel costs and a course fee to be determined. (6.0 credit units)

CLAS 809   Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum II  -  Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
An intensive study of archaeological methods and interpretation at a fieldwork project in Italy under the supervision of a member of the Classics Department. Students will actively contribute to the project with scientific reports and stratigraphic records. COST: students are expected to pay their own travel costs and a course fee to be determined.

CLAS 810   Archaeological Fieldwork Practicum III: Stobi, Macedonia  -  Dr. George Bevan
This course is an intensive study of archaeological and cultural heritage recording methods at a fieldwork site in the Balkans under the supervision of a member of the Department of Classics. COSTS: Students are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation costs. (6.0 credit units)


More information about our graduate courses can be found in the School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.