Courses Offered 2021-22

(revised 19 August 2021)


Course descriptions are provisional; final versions of course syllabi will be made available to students when the class begins.

Classics Course Selection FAQs

 

Classical Studies (CLST)
CLST 102/3.0 units

 Introduction to Greek Civilization (Fall)

An introduction to major themes in the development of Greek civilization using the evidence of literature, history and archaeology. Some attention will be given to those aspects of ancient cultural and intellectual growth that are of significance in the western tradition.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
TEXTBOOK:  TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
EXCLUSION:  No more than 6.0 units from CLST 101/6.0; CLST 102/3.0; CLST 103/3.0.

CLST 103/3.0 units

Introduction to Roman Civilization (Winter) 

An introduction to major themes in the development of Roman civilization using the evidence of literature, history and archaeology. Some attention will be given to those aspects of ancient cultural and intellectual growth that are of significance in the western tradition.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Beatrice Poletti
TEXTBOOK(S): TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
EXCLUSION(S):   No more than 6.0 units from CLST 101/6.0; CLST 102/3.0; CLST 103/3.0.

CLST 130/3.0 units

Introduction to Archaeology I: Great Discoveries in Archaeology (Winter)

Development of the discipline and most important discoveries; analysis of historic and prehistoric cultures and sites with emphasis on the ancient Mediterranean.
NOTE: This course replaces the first term of CLST 129/6.0
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Cristiana Zaccagnino
TEXTBOOK:  TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P) 
EXCLUSION:   No more than one course from CLST 129/6.0; CLST 130/3.0

CLST 131/3.0 units

Introduction to Archaeology II: Methods and Analysis  (Fall) (Remote, Asynchronous)

CLST 131 provides an introduction to modern archaeological field techniques and methods of analysis, with an emphasis on classical archaeology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the methods of obtaining evidence by excavation and survey, the evaluation of artifacts and ecofacts, the reconstruction of ancient environments and cultures, and attitudes towards cultural heritage. This course is recommended as a prerequisite for anyone hoping to go on an archaeological project or to work with artifacts.
NOTE: This course replaces the second term of CLST 129/6.0
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Barbara Reeves
TEXTBOOK:  Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice. 4th ed. Thames & Hudson, 2018. 
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P) 
EXCLUSION:    No more than one course from CLST 129/6.0; CLST 131/3.0

CLST 150/3.0 units

Warfare in the Ancient World (Winter)

Warfare of all kinds, from large-scale conflict between states to raids of pirates and brigands. The course will seek a wider cultural understanding of war, exploring a range of perspectives and topics, from the social ideology of war to the role of women, children, and other non-combatants.
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
TEXTBOOK:  TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    120 (36L;84P)


Greek (GREK)
GREK 112/6.0 units

Introductory Greek (Fall/Winter)

Ancient Greek is one of the key languages of Antiquity: it was widely influential throughout recorded history and it continues to have an impact in the present day (coining new scientific words, living in the form of Modern Greek, etc.). By the end of this course, students with little or no previous knowledge of Ancient Greek will be able to say: "It's not all Greek to me". The fundamentals of grammar, syntax, and etymology of Greek will provide sufficient background to read not only Plato, Euripides, and the New Testament, but also many other texts in their original form.
NOTE:  Normally not open to students with 4U Greek.
INSTRUCTORS:  Dr. Jan-Mathieu Carbon
TEXTBOOK:  Mastronarde, Introduction to Attic Greek (2nd edition), U. California Press, 2013
LEARNING HOURS:    276 (72L;24T;180P) 


Latin (LATN)
LATN 110/6.0 units

Introductory Latin (Fall/Winter)

Fundamentals of grammar, syntax and etymology for students with no or little knowledge of Latin; provides sufficient background to read Latin prose and poetry.
NOTE:  Normally not open to students with 4U Latin.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Beatrice Poletti
TEXTBOOK:  TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    276 (72L;24T;180P)

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.

Classical Studies (CLST)
CLST 200/3.0 units

Greek History (Fall)

Did the Trojan War really happen? What did Alexander’s conquests hope to achieve? This course offers a broad survey of the history of the Greek World from the Late Bronze Age to the death of Cleopatra. We will study social, religious and political developments, together with the rise of major powers such as Athens, Sparta, and Macedon.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jan-Mathieu Carbon
TEXTBOOK:  Pomeroy et al. A Brief History of Ancient Greece, Oxford University Press: New York/Oxford, Fourth Edition (2020). ISBN: 9780190925307
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.

CLST 201/3.0 units

Roman History (Winter)

Survey of the basic social and political developments in Rome from kingdom to republic to empire.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Bernard Kavanagh
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.

CLST 203/3.0 units

Myth and Religion (Fall)

Greek concepts of the supernatural and humanity’s relationship to it. The basic myths, official and secret creeds, meaning  and social function of myth and ritual.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Julianna Will
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.

CLST 204/3.0 units

Scientific and Medical Terminology (Fall)

Did you know that the English word muscle derives from the Latin word that meant little mouse? Why is a pain killer called analgesic? This course will make you familiar with the Greek and Latin roots used in science and medicine, but also with non-scientific words commonly used in English. You will be able to understand their meaning rather than simply trying to remember it.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gaëlle Rioual
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.

CLST 205/3.0 units

Ancient Humour (Fall) (Remote, Asynchronous)

The techniques by which humour was created in literature and the visual arts in antiquity; social and psychological aspects of humour.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Callie Callon
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.

CLST 214/3.0 units

Ancient Science (Winter)

Ancient concepts of nature and of natural phenomena: what did the ancients (e.g. Babylonians and Greeks) know about the natural world and how did they come to know it?
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Daryn Lehoux
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE:  Level 2 or above.


Greek (GREK)
GREK 208/6.0 units

Intermediate Greek (Fall/Winter)

Review of grammar, and developing facility in translation, study of literary content and background of authors.
NOTE:  A student with 4U Greek may alternatively use this as a prerequisite and should contact the Department for  permission to register in the course.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gaëlle Rioual
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    282 (72L;210P)
PREREQUISITE: GREK 112/6.0


Latin (LATN)
LATN 209/6.0 units

Intermediate Latin (Fall/Winter)

Review of grammar followed by a study of representative works of Ovid and other authors. In addition to developing facility in translation, study of literary content and background of authors.
NOTE:  A student with 4U Latin may alternatively use this as a prerequisite and should contact the Department for  permission to register in the course.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Beatrice Poletti (Fall) and Dr. Bernard Kavanagh (Winter)
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    282 (72L;210P)
PREREQUISITE: LATN 110/6.0

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.

Classical Studies (CLST)
CLST 305/3.0 units

Archaeology of the Etruscans and Early Romans (Fall)

This survey of the material remains of early Italy will focus on the early Iron Age, Etruscan, and Roman (Regal and Republican) cultures. Each culture’s art, architecture, urban patterns, and burial practices will be investigated in terms of the changing political and social conditions affecting those societies.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: (CLST 102/3.0 and CLST 103/3.0) or CLST 129/6.0 or CLST 130/3.0 or CLST 131/3.0 or CLST 201/3.0 or CLST 101/6.0 or permission of the Department.

CLST 309/3.0 units

Caravan Cities of the Ancient Near East (Fall) (Remote, Synchronous)

Caravan cities were multicultural communities that bridged ancient empires and are an important part of the world’s heritage. Through an exploration of the archaeological remains and the cultural character of four Near Eastern caravan cities students will evaluate how these communities inform and impact on concepts of cultural and global identity. Note: Can also be taken as a Sub for degrees in Art History, Global Development, world Language Studies, and Language, Literatures, and Cultures.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Barbara Reeves
READINGS: Available via course OnQ
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: Level 3 and (CLST 102/3.0 or CLST 103/3.0 or CLST 129/6.0 or CLST 130/3.0 or CLST 131/3.0 or CLST 200/3.0 or CLST 201/3.0) or permission of the department.

CLST 312/3.0 units

Greek and Roman Drama (Winter)

Intensive study (in translation) of representative works from the ancient theatre, both tragic (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca) and comic (Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence). Comparative study of English drama of the classical tradition encouraged.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Julianna Will
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: CLST 100/6.0 or (CLST 102/3.0 and CLST 103/3.0) or DRAM 200/6.0 or DRAM 219/3.0 or DRAM 210/6.0 or permission of the Department.

CLST 334/3.0 units

Fourth Century Greece to the Death of Alexander (Winter)

Study of Greek history in the century following the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BCE. Topics may include the crisis and renewal of the Greek polis; the Spartan hegemony, the rise of Thebes, the Second Athenian League, and the failure of hegemonic policies; the end of the Achaemenid Empire; the rise of Macedon; and the campaigns of Alexander.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Julianna Will
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: CLST 200/3.0 or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION(S): CLST 331/3.0

CLST 341/3.0 units

The Roman Empire (Fall)

Intensive study of the Empire to the reign of Marcus Aurelius. Politics of the imperial courts: administration and Romanization of the provinces.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Bernard Kavanagh
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: CLST 201/3.0 or permission of the Department.

CLST 350/3.0 units

Greek Perspectives on Ethnicity and Indigeneity (Winter)

The course builds on a broad survey of ethnic views in the ancient Greek world, seen primarily through the lens of myth and history, culture and religion. Together, we will explore how the Greeks conceptualised their own identity and perceived other cultures of the ancient world in terms of ethnicity and indigeneity (among other aspects). By learning about how the ancient Greeks understood kinship and difference, we will also
continually reflect on the relevance of this study to contemporary issues and debates (race, colonialism, gender, slavery).
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jan-Mathieu Carbon
TEXTBOOK: Kennedy, R.F. Roy, C.S. and M.L. Goldman, Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World: An Anthology of Primary Sources in Translation. 2013.
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: CLST 102 or 200 or permission of the Department of Classics.


Greek (GREK)
GREK 321/3.0 units

Greek Prose (Fall)

Selected passages 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 421/3.0
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gaëlle Rioual
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in GREK 208/6.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.

GREK 322/3.0 units

Greek Verse (Winter)

Selected passages 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 422/3.0.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gaëlle Rioual
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in GREK 208/6.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.


Latin (LATN)
LATN 321/3.0 units

Latin Prose (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. To focus on Caesar's "de bello Gallico", Book I,  and other selected readings from Caesar's Commentaries.
NOTE: This course is normally co-taught with LATN 421/3.0
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Bernard  Kavanagh
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in LATN 209/6.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.

LATN 322/3.0 units

Latin Verse (Winter)

Selected passages 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 422/3.0.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Beatrice Poletti
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in LATN 209/6.0 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.

Classical Studies (CLST)
CLST 401/3.0 units

Research Methods (Fall)

An introduction to the diverse research methods deployed in Classics, Archaeology and Ancient History. Weekly seminars will feature the research interests of members of the Classics Department, cross-appointed faculty, and visiting researchers.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Julianna Will
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;90P)
PREREQUISITE: (Level 4 in a CLST or CLAS or GREK or LATN Plan with a minimum GPA of 2.90) or permission of the Department.

CLST 404/3.0 units

The Topography of Athens (Winter)

The growth of Athens from the Neolithic period to Late Antiquity. Emphasis on social and political developments and personal aspirations which determine the cityscape.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Fabio Colivicchi
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    126 (36L;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.


Greek (GREK)
GREK 421/3.0 units

Advanced Greek Prose (Fall)

Selected passages 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. Gaëlle Rioual
TEXTBOOK: TBA
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 (Winter)

Selected passages 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. Gaëlle Rioual
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    141 (36L;105P)
PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in GREK 322/3.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.


Latin (LATN)
LATN 421/3.0 units

Advanced Latin Prose (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. To focus on Caesar's "de bello Gallico", Book I,  and other selected readings from Caesar's Commentaries.
NOTE: This course is normally co-taught with LATN 321/3.0
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Bernard Kavanagh
TEXTBOOK: TBA
LEARNING HOURS:    141 (36L;105P)
PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in LATN 321/3.0 or permission of the Department of Classics.

LATN 422/3.0 units

Advanced Latin Verse (Winter)

Selected passages 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. Beatrice Poletti
TEXTBOOK: TBA
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.