Graduate Seminars 2019-2020

Prose Composition 

 Fall GRK1000F Advanced Greek language J. Burgess MW 11-1, LI205
 Spring LAT1000S Advanced Latin language J. Welsh M 2-5, LI220

Language-Intensive Courses

 Fall LAT1806H Readings in the Roman Historians C. Bruun M 1-2, LI103

W 2-4, LI103

 Spring GRK1800H Readings in Greek Literature M. Revermann F 9-12, LI103

Research Seminars

 Fall CLA5012H Stoicism in the Roman Mediterranean G. Boys-Stones F 10-1, LI103
 Fall CLA5018H Ancient Italy S. Bernard T 10-1, LI013
 Fall CLA5022H Ancient Greek Religion: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives K. Yu R 1-4, LI103
 Fall CLA5023H Stupidity, a Genealogy of E. Gunderson M 2-5, LI103
 Fall/Spring MAC1000Y Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology P. Sapirstein TBA
 Spring CLA5000H Prequels, Sequels, Supplement, Closure, and Continuity in Early Greek Epic J. Burgess T 12-2, LI205
 Spring CLA5015H The Thebaid of Statius M. Dewar W 4-7, LI205
 Spring CLA5024S Villaculture: The Republican and Imperial Roman Villa C. Fulton W 9-12, LI103

Reading Seminars: Course Descriptions 

LAT1806F: Readings in the Roman Historians (C. Bruun)

Description pending.

GRK1800S: Readings in Greek Literature (M. Revermann)

As the primary objective of this course is to improve reading skills, participants will have to prepare a significant amount of text for translation and discussion for each session. Excerpts from both prose and poetry authors will be read and discussed. The texts are chosen to provide significant overlaps with the Reading List. In this iteration of the course there will be a specific focus on Greek lyric poetry of the archaic period which will culminate in a(nother) Greek Study Day at UTM where two outside experts on Greek lyric poetry will join us for close readings&discussion.

Research Seminars: Course Descriptions

CLA5012S – Stoicism in the Roman Mediterranean (G. Boys-Stones)

This course will be an introduction to Stoic philosophy in a period (the first and second centuries CE) from which our earliest complete texts of Stoicism survive. It will explore ways in which the school remained a vital force in the development of philosophy, not just in Rome, but across the Mediterranean. Epictetus will be our starting-point, but we will also consider Seneca and Musonius Rufus, and the lesser known (but no less interesting) Hierocles, Cornutus and Cleomedes. We will be especially alert for ways in which Stoicism interacted with, and helped to shape, the emergence of new philosophical movements at this time – including Platonism and Christianity.

CLA5018F – Ancient Italy (S. Bernard)

This seminar investigates how Roman imperial power transformed the various peoples of the Italian peninsula. We will consider a broad range of historical materials, as well as how new approaches to ethnicity, globalism, and mobility are reshaping our understanding of the making of Roman Italy.

CLA5022F – Ancient Greek Religion: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (K. Yu)

We will conduct close readings of a variegated (and thus selective) set of Greek texts as case studies to illuminate both panhellenic and local religious life: e.g., the Homeric Hymns, the Derveni papyrus, Orphic and Bacchic gold tablets, Epidaurian iamata, curse tablets, epigraphic ritual norms, and Imperial-period treatises and dialogues that reflect critically on the gods and certain practices associated with them (e.g., Lucian and Plutarch). Especial attention will be given to the ways in which the authors and producers of these texts intervened in Greek religious and social imaginaries by mobilizing particular generic and rhetorical conventions to advance distinct representations of myth and ritual. We will also engage secondary readings to interrogate the assumptions bound up in the terms “Greek religion” and the “imaginary” and ask if they are useful categories for making sense of the often divergent discourses and practices that purported to mediate the Greeks and their gods.

CLA5023F – Stupidity, a Genealogy of (E. Gunderson)

Examples will be drawn from Ancient Philosophy, Scholarship, and Satire. This class will examine a special case of the (re)production of obviousness. We will explore some of the ways in which the limits of legitimate knowledge and culture are policed. We will also consider the ways in which portraits of absurd, unliveable lives shed light on the subject positions that dismiss them. The revolutionary potentialities of errancy will, one hopes, become manifest.

CLA5000S – Prequels, Sequels, Supplement, Closure, and Continuity in Early Greek Epic (J. Burgess)

The seminar will focus on how early Greek epics in effect constitute a continuous narrative of the mythological past. Early epics are sometimes thought to serve as prequels and sequels to each other (e.g., the Theogony as a prequel to the Works and Days, the Odyssey as a sequel to the Iliad, or the Trojan Cycle poems as satellites of the Homeric epics). From a textualist perspective, parts of such epics have often been considered inauthentic ”continuations” (e.g., the endings of the Theogony 3 and the Odyssey) or interpolations (e.g., Iliad 10, Odyssey 11). From an oral perspective, early epics might seem to negotiate their beginnings, endings, and tangents in the context of a traditional mythological sequence. We will read selections from the Hesiodic corpus, the Homeric Hymns, and the Homeric epics in order to explore narrative boundaries and interconnectivity in early Greek epic. Class will be devoted to close readings of passages, discussion of secondary readings, and student presentations; a substantial research paper is required.

CLA5015H1S – The Thebaid of Statius (M. Dewar)

Few works of classical Latin poetry enjoyed higher esteem in antiquity and the middle ages than the Thebaid of Statius, and few suffered a greater loss of prestige among literary critics as a result of the great change in taste that accompanied the rise of the Romantic poets of the early nineteenth century. In the last forty years, however, a more sympathetic approach to Statius’ poetics and aesthetics has led to a vastly improved understanding both of his achievement as a poet and of his place in the long history of what might loosely be called the Callimachean tradition of Latin poetry. This course will consider both the meaning and the historical context of Statius’ grim but magnificent epic of the civil war between the sons of Oedipus, and also assess the direction of contemporary scholarship devoted to the poem. Particular attention will be given to the consideration of Statius’ intertextual relations with the poetry of his predecessors, both Greek and Latin.

CLA5024S – Villaculture (C. Fulton)

This seminar focuses on the Roman villa in peninsular Italy and in the Roman provinces. We will use the villa as a lens through which to examine Graeco-Roman culture of the Republic and Empire, highlighting the villa’s importance not only in agricultural production but also as luxury retreats for the elite. In doing so, we will examine the material, visual, and literary evidence for the villa. Starting with definitions of a ‘villa’ and architectural typologies, we will then closely interrogate how adaptations to, and conceptions of, villas shift with social, cultural, and economic contexts.