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2019-2020 Courses:  400-level

Classical Studies  (CLST)

CLST 404/3.0 units - Topography of Athens  (Winter)
The course will study the long process of development of the city of Athens and the settlement pattern in its territory from the Neolithic period to the end of the Ancient World and beyond. The building policy and the efforts of urban planning by political authorities, wealthy benefactors and Roman emperors will be investigated. The course will also treat the post-Antique history of the city and the role played by Athens and its myth in Western modern culture.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Cristiana Zaccagnino
TEXTBOOK:  J.M. Camp, The Archaeology of Athens (Yale University Press 2004)
LEARNING HOURS    126 (36S;90P)
PREREQUISITE    CLST 303/3.0 or CLST 304/3.0 or CLST 332/3.0 or CLST 333/3.0 or CLST 334/3.0 or CLST 335/3.0 or CLST  330/3.0 or CLST 331/3.0 or permission of the Department.

CLST 408/6.0 units - Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum I: Summer 2020                                                                                                      An intensive six-week study of archaeological methods and interpretation while participating in a fieldwork project run by 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. (6.0 credit units)                                      NOTE     Offered in Summer Term.                                                                                                                                                                       NOTE   In addition to tuition, Students are required to pay for their own transportation to the archaeological site and to pay a camp fee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    INSTRUCTOR:   Dr. Cristiana Zaccagnino                                                                                                                                                             LEARNING HOUR  -   282 (201Lb;18T;27G;36I)                                                                                                                                                        PREREQUISTE  -  Level 2, CLST 408, CLAS 808 and Permission of the Department                                                                                                                                                                                                            

CLST 412 & 413/6.0 units - Archaeology Fieldwork Practicum IIIa&b:  The Balkans  (Summer 2020)
An intensive four-week introduction to archaeological and architectural recording using photography, surveying, and 3D measurement on a site of historical importance for the Classical and Byzantine period in the Balkans under the supervision of a member of the Classics Department. 
NOTE:   Offered in Summer Term
NOTE:   In addition to tuition, students are required to pay for their own transportation to the site and a participation fee. Fee includes: housing, breakfast, lunch and dinner from Mondays to Sundays, trips to sites and museums, museum tickets,  transportation to and from the dig. CLST 412 and 413 must be taken together.  Discounts available for early registration.
LEARNING HOURS    128 (12L;44Pc;44G;4I;8Oc;16P)
PREREQUISITE    Level 2 and permission of the Department. 

CLST 420/3.0 units - Topics in Latin/Roman Scholarship I  (Fall)
Intensive study of a special topic, period, or author(s) in the world of Rome.
Fall 2019:    The Roman Family 
In this course, we will analyze how the Romans conceived of the family and kinship, and how it operated in practice. We will study what the Romans thought of concepts like childhood, adolescence, and affection. We will also consider topics such as slavery, adultery, divorce, and how they affected the family.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Tim Wright
LEARNING HOURS    120 (24L;12S;84P)
PREREQUISITE    Level 4 in a CLST or CLAS or GREK or LATN Plan.

Ancient Languages

GREK 421/3.0 units - Advanced Greek Prose:  Rhetoric  (Fall)
Selected works of Greek prose, usually drawn from oratory, history, and philosophy, read in the original Greek and  commented upon for their linguistic, literary, and historical significance.
NOTE:   This course is normally co‐taught with GREK 321/3.0.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Tim Wright
LEARNING HOURS    141 (36L;105P)
PREREQUISITE    A grade of C in GREK 321/3.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.

GREK 422/3.0 units - Advanced Greek Verse:  Epic  (Winter)
Selected works of Greek verse, usually drawn from works of epic, lyric, elegy, and drama, read in the original Greek and  commented upon for their linguistic, literary, and historical significance.
NOTE:   This course is normally co‐taught with GREK 322/3.0.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Sveva Savelli
LEARNING HOURS    141 (36L;105P)
PREREQUISITE    A grade of C in GREK 322/3.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.

LATN 421/3.0 units -  Advanced Latin Prose:  Roman Historians  (Fall)
Selected passages of Latin prose, usually drawn from oratory, history, and philosophy, read in the original Latin and  commented upon for their linguistic, literary, and historical significance.
Fall 2019:  Cicero and Roman Sicily: The case against Gaius Verres
Marcus Tullius Cicero (107-44BCE) was the greatest Latin orator of Ancient Rome. For over two thousand years his orations have been admired, studied, and imitated as superb examples of Latin prose style and eloquent expression. This course will focus on Cicero’s Verrine Orations and Roman Sicily. Gaius Verres (c. 120–43 BC) was the corrupt governor of the Roman province of Sicilia from74-70BCE. His abuse of power is legendary and included extensive bribery, robbery, plundering of art work, and even crucifying a Roman citizen. The Sicilians begged Cicero to help them prosecute Verres. Cicero travelled to Syracuse, compiled witnesses, and did extensive research for his prosecution. He composed seven orations against Verres, but only delivered two -- they were so devastating that Verres fled and was condemned in absentia. Cicero published and distributed all seven orations to further his career. They were immediately considered masterpieces of Latin oratory and models for legal prosecution.  The class will consist of reading selections from Cicero’s Verrine Orations (a PDF of readings will be supplied).  
NOTE:   This course is normally co‐taught with LATN 321/3.0.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Anthony D'Elia
LEARNING HOURS    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE    A grade of C in LATN 209/6.0 or permission of the Department of Classics. 

LATN 422/3.0 units - Advanced Latin Verse:  Epic  (Winter)
Selected works of Latin verse, usually drawn from epic, lyric, elegy, and drama, read in the original Latin and commented  upon for their linguistic, literary, and historical significance.
NOTE:   This course is normally co‐taught with LATN 322/3.0.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Bernard Kavanagh
LEARNING HOURS    141 (36L;105P)
PREREQUISITE    A grade of C in LATN 322/3.0 or permission of the Department of Classics. 

Please also see Classics course offerings through Queen's Arts & Science Continuing and Distance Studies.

For a full listing of all courses offered by the Department of Classics please go to the Courses of Instruction section of the Arts and Science ECalendar.