CLS 3 The Classical World: Words and Images.

Classical antiquity was uniquely creative in producing literary and visual forms (epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, history, rhetoric, philosophic dialogue and the philosophic treatise) by which it communicated socially rooted visions and ideals. This sequence fosters students’ grasp of the role form plays in shaping what any culture expresses at the same time it focuses on the historically determined values and visions that were thus expressed. Students will examine ways in which basic forms interact and evolve into new forms (e.g. epic to novel, public speaking in epic and history to full-fledged rhetoric) and the subsequent reception of these forms in other ancient and modern cultures. They will also concentrate on particular conflicts over the ways in which different forms compete for ideological supremacy.

1. CLS 101 Greek Civilization in its Mediterranean Context (3) (MPF), or
CLS 102 Roman Civilization (3) (MPF), or
CLS 121 Introduction to Classical Mythology (3) (MPF); and

2. CLS 211 Greek and Roman Epic (3), or
CLS 212 Greek and Roman Tragedy (3), or
CLS 213 Greek and Roman Comedy (3), or
CLS 215 Greek and Roman Historians (3), or
CLS 216 Greek and Roman Erotic Poetry
ART 381 Greek and Roman Architecture (3), or
ART 382 Greek and Roman Sculpture (3), or
ART 383 Greek and Roman Painting (3); and

3. CLS 333 The Greeks in the Near East and Central Asia (3), or
CLS 331 From Epic to Romance (3), or
CLS 323 Discoveries of Archaeology (3), or
CLS 334 Egypt in Greco-Roman History and Fiction (3), or
ENG 314 Playwriting (4)

Note: Not open to majors in the Department of Classics. Majors in the Departments of Art and English must select a minimum of nine hours outside their department of major.

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