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Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).
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An introduction to the ancient world, with emphasis on the cultural and social life and achievements of Greece and Rome. Among the topics to be considered are: magic, religion, philosophy, literature, archaeology, architecture, art, the structure of society and the position of women, slavery, everyday life, law, sport, warfare, medicine.
This course is an introduction to crime and criminal law in ancient Greece and Rome. Modern criminology may provide comparison and perspective. Readings may include law, rhetoric, philosophy, drama, and/or historiography. No previous knowledge of Greece and Rome is necessary and all readings are in English.
This course examines the expansion of the Roman Empire, the people conquered by Rome and their place within the empire by surveying the history, literature and material culture of the Roman Empire's provinces and cosmopolitan cities from Rome's foundation to the rise of Christianity.
Alexander III of Macedon, although only thirty-two when he died in 323 BC, is arguably one of the most significant figures in all recorded history. This course examines his background, campaigns, plans and personality. It also considers reasons for the very divergent views about him today.
This course examines the characters, policies, and actions of famous and infamous Roman emperors. It examines the virtues of the best emperors, the depravities of the worst emperors, and how these men are judged, using literary, documentary and archaeological evidence to see how their reputations have evolved over time.
This course looks at the growth of urbanization in the Near East and Mediterranean from the Neolithic through the Roman Imperial periods. The course uses archaeological remains and historical sources to understand organization, social structure and evolution of early cities.
This course is a broad introduction to the world of Egyptian art and architecture. Starting with the Predynastic period, we will trace the major trends of Egyptian visual culture and conclude with the New Kingdom. Emphasis will be placed on learning these trends within their cultural and historical context.
This course considers the dawn and development in the ancient Greek city-states of the natural sciences. Scientific topics discussed include the Near Eastern heritage, cosmology, "the inquiry concerning nature", physics, astronomy, mathematics, biology, medicine, techniques of proof and demonstration, and theory construction. Relevant non-scientific topics include magic, astrology, and divination.
This course is intended as a practical means of enhancing English vocabulary through a systematic study of the contribution of the Classical languages to modern English, including the vocabulary of the sciences.
This course introduces students to epic films set in ancient Greece. Besides detailed discussion of individual films, topics covered will include how and why events are selected and portrayed in film, the differences between history and Hollywood mythology, history and fiction, and conventions of the Greek epic.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 3-hour screening.
This course examines the life and times of Cleopatra in Egyptian and Roman history, ancient art and coinage. The Cleopatra we know is the Cleopatra of myth and fantasy as well. We also look at the reception of her image from antiquity to the present in literature, art, and film.
This intensive 3-week long study tour to Greece offers students a unique international learning experience. Ancient Greek History, literature and culture will be discussed in direct relation to the physical remains museums and archaeological sites, such as the Athenian Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae.
Prerequisite(s): Any Classical Studies course on the 1000-2999 level and permission of the instructor.
Extra Information: Field trip to Greece, minimum 39 lecture hours.
This intensive 3-week long study tour to Italy offers students a unique international learning experience. Roman history, literature and culture will be discussed in direct relation to the physical remains in museums and archaeological sites, such as the Forum Romanum, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum and Pompeii.
Prerequisite(s): Any Classical Studies course on the 1000-2999 level and permission of the instructor.
Extra Information: Field trip to Italy, minimum of 39 lecture hours.
A selection of major plays studied principally as works of drama and on a thematic basis. Problems of staging and production in the ancient theatre will be considered, along with modern attempts to recreate the plays under wholly different circumstances.
This course will consider the tradition of epic poetry in Ancient Greece through a reading of the central texts, focusing on the Iliad and the Odyssey. The lectures will seek not only to examine the particular characteristics of each poem, but also to situate these texts within the larger framework of literary and cultural history.
A close study of a selection of plays composed for the classical Athenian theatre, including discussions of their socio-historical context in democratic Athens, their place in the ancient Greek literary and philosophical traditions, questions of performance, and the continuing importance of these plays throughout history.
In this course we will read (in English) a selection of Roman epic poetry. We will use the poems as the basis for discussions on many different topics, including mythology, literary and cultural history, rhetorical devices, and the history of poetry.
A political, cultural, and literary history of Rome from the assassination of Julius Caesar to the ascension of Tiberius. Readings from secondary sources will complement our study of Augustan coinage, sculpture, painting, monuments, poetry and prose. What can we conclude about the ideology of the age? What made it unique?
The reign of the Roman emperor Nero began with a remarkable flowering of literary production and impressive military success. By the end, Nero had killed his mother and many senators, and much of Rome had burned. This course examines the history, literature, and culture of the Neronian period.
Antirequisite(s): Classical Studies 3903F if taken in 2019-20.
This course introduces students to the ritual-based polytheistic religion of the Ancient Greeks. We will explore the interaction of mythic texts and material culture through a focus on the representation of ritual practice in order to better understand how those practices operate within the larger structures of Greek society.
This course explores how lies, cheating, and all forms of deviancy become a part of cultural identity in Ancient Greece through representation of the trickster figure. This course will also involve comparison of ancient tricksters with West African, Caribbean, Native American, First Nations, and other modern trickster figures.
This course is designed to give students insight into ancient Greek and Roman sexuality using the artistic evidence of erotic vase-paintings, sculpture, wall-paintings, and everyday objects in combination with ancient literary sources on sexual themes. Topics examined include phallic symbolism, homosexuality, prostitution, male-to-female lovemaking, hermaphrodites, and transvestism.
This course explores why people fight and examines three profound military revolutions in the Near East, Greece and Rome. Topics include the Greco-Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars and the expansion of the Roman Empire. Attention will also be given to the careers of Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Caesar.
This course examines material and theoretical aspects of travel and geography in the ancient world in order to understand how the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived their world and moved around in it. It uses artifacts from illuminated maps to shipwrecks, and primary sources including travel narratives and descriptive geographies.
An investigation of the construction of gender and the lives of women in ancient Greece. The evidence of texts and images from Greek antiquity will be considered from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
An investigation of the construction of gender and the lives of women in ancient Rome. The evidence of texts and images from Roman antiquity will be considered from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
(Classical Studies 3410E,Classical Studies 3450E or the former Classical Studies 3400E counts as a principal course towards the Honours Specialization in History) A survey of the history of Greece from the Bronze Age to the death of Cleopatra. By analyzing the social and political structures we will explore the reasons for the tremendous success of this civilization. Special emphasis will be given to interpreting and understanding the ancient source material.
(Classical Studies 3410E,Classical Studies 3450E, or the former Classical Studies 3400E, counts as a principal course towards the Honours Specialization in History) This course is a survey of Roman history from the founding of the city in the eighth century BCE to the decline of Roman power in the late empire. The course is intended as a mixture of Roman history (chronological narrative) and analysis of primary source material.
This course explores the world of the late Roman Empire from the "crisis" of the third century AD onward, including figures such as Constantine the Great and Julian the Apostate. It examines the political, religious, intellectual and social history of the late Empire through literature, documentary texts, and material culture.
A survey of Greek and Roman panel and wall painting, focusing on examples from Classical Athens, royal Macedonian tombs, and frescos of the Late Republic and Early Empire in Rome and Pompeii and Herculaneum. Emphasis will be placed on the social and historical meaning of these panel and wall paintings.
In this course we explore the historical interactions between Greece and its eastern neighbors through archaeological discoveries and primary texts. Focus is placed not only on trade and diplomacy, but also the resultant hybridized cultures that are visible through art and material remains from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic period.
Antirequisite(s): Classical Studies 3903G if taken in 2018-19.
A survey of the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from the Dark Ages through the Classical period (1050 - 323 BCE), focusing on the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the 6th and 5th centuries (c. 600 - 400 BCE), and the meaning and function of material culture in ancient Greek society.
Antirequisite(s): The former Visual Arts History 2247E.
An examination of the archaeological evidence pertaining to Italy and Rome from 1000 BC to 300 AD. The course looks at the Etruscans and Greeks in Italy, the founding of Rome, and the development of the city through the Republican and Imperial periods.
An examination of the archaeological evidence from the provinces of the Roman Empire. The course considers the historical background of Roman conquest and examines the archaeological remains of the cities and monuments in the eastern and western Roman provinces.
This course examines the archaeological remains of the Roman city of Pompeii, frozen in time by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. We explore temples, monuments, houses, bathhouses, political structures and art of the city in the context of themes of social and political life in antiquity.
In this course we examine ancient Greek discourse about the city-state or polis. Readings (in translation) include Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. For these works, we will consider the themes of force, rationality, virtue, personal honour, happiness, justice, and the political organization of the community.
An examination of how pop culture in the 20th and 21st centuries has explored, adapted, and appropriated topics and themes from ancient Greece and Rome. Media considered may include: films, TV, novels, comic books, music, video games, online media, or anything falling within a broad definition of “pop culture”.
From antiquity to Shakespeare to HBO’s Rome, the figure of Julius Caesar continues to fascinate. Through close readings of ancient sources, modern scholarship, and examination of later uses (and abuses) of Caesar’s image, we will examine the many representations of one of ancient Rome’s most famous individuals.
Antirequisite(s): The former Classical Studies 3904F if taken in 2018-19.
This course is a 6-week study abroad experience in northern England. Students participate five days per week on the archaeological excavation at the Roman fort at Vindolanda, learning practical techniques of field archaeology. Weekends are spent taking field trips to the historical sites of Northern England and Scotland.
Prerequisite(s): 0.5 Classical Studies course at the 3000-3999 level and permission of the department.
The course comprises the research component of the Vindolanda Field School. Students will write a research paper focused on some aspect of Roman history or archaeology. These papers should be related to or inspired by the student's experiences at Vindolanda but need not be about the site itself.
Prerequisite(s): CS 4580F/G and permission of the instructor.
Instruction in selection of topic, directed readings, research and writing of thesis. Restricted to fourth year students normally registered in the Honours Specialization in Classical Studies with a modular average of at least 80%. Application to the Undergraduate Chair of Classical Studies will be required by the April preceding the student's final year.
Prerequisite(s): At least 1.0 course at the 3000-level in the discipline area of the thesis topic and permission of Department.