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Title Instructor Quarter Day, Time, Location GER
CLASSICS 132
Whose Classics? Race and Classical Antiquity in the U.S.
Perceived as the privileged inheritance of white European (and later, American) culture, Classics has long been entangled with whiteness. We will...
Nguyen, K.
2021-2022 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:15pm - 4:45pm
110-112
CLASSICS 133
Socrates and Social Justice (CLASSICS 233)
In this class, we examine whether Socrates is a model for social justice. Socrates presents a complicated figure regarding issues of political action...
Tennant, J.
2021-2022 Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:00pm
110-112
CLASSICS 136
The Greek Invention of Mathematics
How was mathematics invented? A survey of the main creative ideas of ancient Greek mathematics. Among the issues explored are the axiomatic system of...
Netz, R.
2021-2022 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 3:00pm
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
CLASSICS 138
The Use and Abuse of Prehistory (ANTHRO 131A, ARCHLGY 131)
To borrow Glyn Daniel¿s phrase, the ¿Idea of Prehistory,¿ invokes notions of deep time, human origins, and mysterious monuments. While the origins of...
2021-2022 Winter
WAY-A-II, WAY-SI
CLASSICS 143
The Use of Classical Antiquity in Modern China (CHINA 151, CHINA 251)
This course examines the roles played by classical antiquity--Greek, Roman, and Chinese--in China's modernization process. Central topics of...
Zhou, Y.
2021-2022 Spring
Friday
1:30pm - 3:30pm
WAY-SI
CLASSICS 150
Majors Seminar: Revolution? The Fall of the Roman Republic
Required of Classics majors and minors in junior or senior year; students contemplating honors should take this course in junior year. Advanced...
Saller, R., Minney, B.
2021-2022 Spring
Wednesday Friday
1:30pm - 3:00pm
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-SI
CLASSICS 152
The Ancient Anthropocene: An Unnatural History of Roman Environments (ARCHLGY 152A)
This course will reflect on the significance of the Anthropocene over the short- and long-term by casting an environmental lens on the archaeology...
Pickel, D.
2021-2022 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
3:15pm - 4:45pm
Green Earth Sciences131
WAY-SI
CLASSICS 154
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Maritime Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean (ARCHLGY 145)
Why do we care about shipwrecks? What can sunken sites and abandoned ports tell us about our past? Focusing primarily on the archaeological record of...
Leidwanger, J., Minney, B.
2021-2022 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:45am - 11:15am
Green Earth Sciences131
GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI
CLASSICS 155
Sicily and the Sea (ARCHLGY 140)
Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has for millennia represented a cultural crossroads and hub for the movement of peoples,...
Leidwanger, J.
2021-2022 Spring
Tuesday
9:45am - 12:45pm
500-106
CLASSICS 161
Introduction to Greek Art I: The Archaic Period (ARTHIST 101)
The class considers the development of Greek art from 1000-480 and poses the question, how Greek was Greek art? In the beginning, as Greece emerges...
Maxmin, J.
2021-2022 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
McMurtry Art Building 360
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
CLASSICS 162
Introduction to Greek Art II: The Classical Period (ARTHIST 102)
The class begins with the art, architecture and political ideals of Periclean Athens, from the emergence of the city as the political and cultural...
Maxmin, J.
2021-2022 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45am - 11:15am
McMurtry Art Building 360
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
CLASSICS 163
Artists, Athletes, Courtesans and Crooks (ARTHIST 203)
The seminar examines a range of topics devoted to the makers of Greek art and artifacts, the men and women who used them in life and the afterlife,...
Maxmin, J.
2021-2022 Autumn
Monday
1:30pm - 3:30pm
McMurtry Art Building 370
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
CLASSICS 164
Roman Gladiators (ARCHLGY 165)
In modern America, gladiators are powerful representatives of ancient Rome (Spartacus, Gladiator). In the Roman world, gladiators were mostly slaves...
Gaither, P., Trimble, J.
2021-2022 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
11:00am - 12:00pm
WAY-SI
CLASSICS 165
Religions of Ancient Eurasia (ARCHLGY 109)
This course will explore archaeological evidence for the ritual and religions of Ancient Eurasia, including Greco-Roman polytheism, early...
Mallon, K.
2021-2022 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Littlefield 103
WAY-A-II, WAY-SI
CLASSICS 168
Engineering the Roman Empire (ARCHLGY 118)
Enter the mind, the drafting room, and the building site of the Roman architects and engineers whose monumental projects impressed ancient and modern...
Leidwanger, J., Li, G., Waller, A.
2021-2022 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:15pm - 4:45pm
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
CLASSICS 170
History of Archaeological Thought (ANTHRO 103B, ARCHLGY 103)
Introduction to the history of archaeology and the forms that the discipline takes today, emphasizing developments and debates over the past five...
Trivedi, M.
2021-2022 Spring
GER:DB-SocSci
CLASSICS 173
Hagia Sophia (ARTHIST 208, ARTHIST 408, CLASSICS 273)
This seminar uncovers the aesthetic principles and spiritual operations at work in Hagia Sophia, the church dedicated to Holy Wisdom in...
Pentcheva, B.
2021-2022 Winter
Thursday
5:30pm - 8:30pm
McMurtry Art Building 370
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
CLASSICS 181
Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought (CLASSICS 381, ETHICSOC 130A, PHIL 176A, PHIL 276A, POLISCI 230A, POLISCI 330A)
Political philosophy in classical antiquity, centered on reading canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle against other texts and against the...
Abolafia, J., Ober, J.
2021-2022 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:45am - 11:15am
Hewlett Teaching Center 103
GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II, WAY-ER
CLASSICS 185
Reading the Archimedes Palimpsest
In this course we learn to read Medieval Greek manuscripts, concentrating on the most exciting of them all: the Archimedes Palimpsest. We begin by...
Netz, R.
2021-2022 Winter
Monday Wednesday
3:15pm - 4:45pm
320-220
CLASSICS 186
African Archive Beyond Colonization (AFRICAST 117, ARCHLGY 166, CLASSICS 286, CSRE 166)
From street names to monuments, the material sediments of colonial time can be seen, heard, and felt in the diverse cultural archives of ancient and...
Derbew, S., Lim, D.
2021-2022 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
11:30am - 1:00pm
Econ 139
WAY-A-II, WAY-ED
CLASSICS 201G
Greek Core 1: Plato, Isocrates, and Aristotle on Poetry and Education
Students will do close readings of Plato's Symposium, Republic 2, 3 and 10, Isocrates' Antidosis, and Aristotle's Poetics and Politics 8. Students...
Nightingale, A.
2021-2022 Autumn
Wednesday Friday
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Remote
CLASSICS 202L
Latin Core II: Age of Nero
In-depth reading of a major poet or a themed selection of poetry, e.g. Vergil, Horace or Ovid. Courses may be theme-based, e.g. Aeneas in Vergil and...
2021-2022 Winter
CLASSICS 202G
Greek Core II: History of Literature
Partial coverage of the reading lists for translation and general reading exams, within a framework that introduces philological method, history of...
Martin, R.
2021-2022 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
9:45am - 11:45am
110-112
CLASSICS 203L
Latin Core III: History of Literature
Selected coverage of the translation/general reading list, with readings chosen so as to broaden experience beyond Core I-II, and to plac texts from...
Bork, H.
2021-2022 Spring
CLASSICS 203G
Greek Core III: Aeschylus and Euripides
In this course, students will translate and analyze two ancient Greek tragedies: Aeschylus' Suppliants (c. 463 BCE) and Euripides' Medea (431 BCE)....
Derbew, S.
2021-2022 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
9:45am - 11:45am
110-112
CLASSICS 204A
Latin Syntax I (CLASSICS 104A)
Intensive review of Latin syntax. See CLASSICS 206A/B for supplemental courses. Students should take both syntax and semantics in the same quarters....
Devine, A.
2021-2022 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:45am - 11:45am
110-204
CLASSICS 204B
Latin Syntax II (CLASSICS 104B)
Intensive review of Latin syntax. See CLASSICS 206A/B for supplemental courses. Students should take both syntax and semantics in the same quarters....
Devine, A.
2021-2022 Spring
Monday Wednesday
9:45am - 11:45am
110-204
CLASSICS 205A
Greek Syntax: Prose Composition (CLASSICS 105A)
The goal of this course is to provide a thorough review of Greek syntax, reinforced by reading selected short passages of Attic Greek in some detail...
Martin, R.
2021-2022 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Green Library 351
CLASSICS 206A
The Semantics of Grammar I
Some theoretical linguistics for Classics students, particularly Latin teachers. Concentrates on the meaning of the inflectional categories. 206A:...
Devine, A.
2021-2022 Winter
Friday
9:45am - 11:45am
110-204
CLASSICS 206B
The Semantics of Grammar II
Some theoretical linguistics for Classics students, particularly Latin teachers. Concentrates on the meaning of the inflectional categories. 206A:...
Devine, A.
2021-2022 Spring
Friday
9:45am - 11:45am
110-204
CLASSICS 208L
Latin 400-1700 CE (CLASSICS 6L, RELIGST 173X)
Readings in later Latin, drawing on the vast bodies of texts from the late antique, medieval and early modern periods. Each week students will...
2021-2022 Summer
CLASSICS 209L
Advanced Latin: Horace, Odes (CLASSICS 102L)
In this course we will read Horace's Odes (1-3), a quintessential work of Augustan era lyric poetry which is among the most influential in all of...
Pickel, D.
2021-2022 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
3:15pm - 4:45pm
110-112
CLASSICS 210
Latin Prose Composition
Latin Prose Composition pursues two goals: to help students consolidate their knowledge of Latin syntax by way of translating English sentences and (...
2021-2022 Winter
CLASSICS 219
Methods and approaches for ancient historians
The interests and evidence used by classical historians have evolved over the past 50 years from a discipline based largely on literary texts and...
Ceserani, G., Saller, R., Cohen, D., Scheidel, W.
2021-2022 Autumn
Tuesday
2:45pm - 4:45pm
110-112
CLASSICS 220
Pedagogy Workshop for Graduate Teachers
The primary goal of this course is to prepare graduate students for teaching Humanities-centered courses, both at Stanford and at other institutions...
Bork, H.
2021-2022 Spring
Thursday
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Green Library 351
CLASSICS 233
Socrates and Social Justice (CLASSICS 133)
In this class, we examine whether Socrates is a model for social justice. Socrates presents a complicated figure regarding issues of political action...
Tennant, J.
2021-2022 Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:00pm
110-112
CLASSICS 240
Historiography (HISTORY 304M)
For History and Classics MA and coterm students. This course explores how historians have explored the past, and the strengths and limits of the...
Rohan, P.
2021-2022 Autumn
Monday
5:30pm - 8:30pm
260-012
CLASSICS 273
Hagia Sophia (ARTHIST 208, ARTHIST 408, CLASSICS 173)
This seminar uncovers the aesthetic principles and spiritual operations at work in Hagia Sophia, the church dedicated to Holy Wisdom in...
2021-2022 Autumn
CLASSICS 286
African Archive Beyond Colonization (AFRICAST 117, ARCHLGY 166, CLASSICS 186, CSRE 166)
From street names to monuments, the material sediments of colonial time can be seen, heard, and felt in the diverse cultural archives of ancient and...
Derbew, S., Lim, D.
2021-2022 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
11:30am - 1:00pm
Econ 139
CLASSICS 303
The Proverb in Ancient Greek Literature
This course explores the use of the proverb in ancient Greek poetry and prose. We will examine the role proverbs play across the many different...
Tennant, J.
2021-2022 Autumn
Monday
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Green Library 351
CLASSICS 304
Developing a Classics Dissertation Prospectus
This workshop concentrates on the development process of writing a successful dissertation proposal and clarifies expectations of the defense process...
Saller, R.
2021-2022 Winter
Tuesday
1:30pm - 3:30pm
110-204
CLASSICS 313
Enchanted Images: Medieval Art and Its Sonic Dimension (ARTHIST 205, ARTHIST 405, CLASSICS 113, MUSIC 205, MUSIC 405)
Explores the relationship between chant and images in medieval art. Examples are sourced from both Byzantium and the Latin West including the Holy...
Pentcheva, B.
2021-2022 Autumn
Wednesday
5:30pm - 8:30pm
McMurtry Art Building 370
CLASSICS 314
Through a broken lens? Reading fragments from the 2nd century
The Romantics treated the fragment as an art form; as students of antiquity, we tend to mourn the loss they represent and strive to recover as much...
Krebs, C., Bork, H.
2021-2022 Winter
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:30pm
110-112
CLASSICS 319
Abject Subjects and Divine Anamorphosis in Byzantine Art (ARTHIST 208A, ARTHIST 408A, CLASSICS 119)
Entering the space of the church immediately interpellated the medieval subject, transforming him/her into an abject self, marred by sin. This...
Pentcheva, B.
2021-2022 Spring
Wednesday
5:30pm - 8:30pm
McMurtry Art Building 370
CLASSICS 324
Plato on the Soul: Phaedo, Republic, and Phaedrus
In this seminar, we will analyze Plato's conceptions of the soul in the middle period dialogues. We will read the Phaedo and the Phaedrus in full,...
Nightingale, A.
2021-2022 Spring
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:30pm
110-112
CLASSICS 350
History of Classical Languages: Dialects of Ancient Greek
An intensive study of the history of ancient Greek through close reading and analysis of selected literary and epigraphic texts. Attention will be...
2021-2022 Spring
CLASSICS 351
Ancient Slavery
Why was slavery so pervasive in the Greco-Roman world? How did it relate to other modes of domination, and how did it compare to practices of...
Scheidel, W.
2021-2022 Spring
Monday
1:30pm - 4:30pm
110-112
CLASSICS 354
Space and Mapping
How do we define cities and urban space, and why and how does that matter? How did cities and urban space work in the ancient Mediterranean? In...
Trimble, J.
2021-2022 Winter
Friday
1:30pm - 4:30pm
200-105
CLASSICS 365
Digital Humanities Methods for Classics
This course will introduce students to methods for computationally analyzing literary, archaeological and historical evidence from the ancient...
Ceserani, G., Gardner, N.
2021-2022 Autumn
Thursday
1:30pm - 4:30pm
110-112
CLASSICS 381
Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought (CLASSICS 181, ETHICSOC 130A, PHIL 176A, PHIL 276A, POLISCI 230A, POLISCI 330A)
Political philosophy in classical antiquity, centered on reading canonical works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle against other texts and against the...
Abolafia, J., Ober, J.
2021-2022 Winter
Monday Wednesday
9:45am - 11:15am
Hewlett Teaching Center 103

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