Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:
- (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
- (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
- (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
- (D-I) = Diversity - International
- (D-L) = Diversity - Language
- (RCH) = Research
- (W) = Wellness
- (WI) = Writing Intensive
- (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year
*ANCS 112 CLASSICAL LATIN I (5 credits)
Introduction to classical Latin that focuses on the grammar, vocabulary and structure of the Latin language, but also provides a general introduction to Roman history and culture. The course covers the first half of Wheelock's Latin. (D-L)
*ANCS 113 CLASSICAL LATIN II (5 credits)
A continuation of Latin I, covering the second half of Wheelock's Latin. Prerequisite: ANCS 112 or demonstrated equivalent. (D-L)
*ANCS 130 DAMN THE GODS (3 credits)
In spite of the terrible behavior demonstrated by the Greek and Roman gods, they remained the focus of religious attention for millennia. By closely analyzing these mythological narratives, students will consider what these myths have to say about Greek and Roman religion, and about Greco-Roman conceptualizations of the world around them. Also listed as REL 130. (D-I)
*ANCS 155 ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY (4 credits)
An examination of Greek philosophy beginning with the Presocratic period and emphasizing the works of Plato and Aristotle. Reading is mainly in the primary sources. Also listed as PHIL 155. (WI)
*ANCS 221 EROTIC ROMAN POETRY (3 credits)
What is Roman erotic poetry? Who wrote it? Why? In answer to these questions, students will read English translations of some of the most famous Roman erotic poets — Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid — and in doing so, will engage with many important social issues from ancient Rome. Using erotic poetry as a springboard, the course will address conceptualizations and constructions of gender and sexuality in Rome, and the fallout from the civil wars that wracked the city of Rome in the 1st century BCE. The course will explore precisely what it meant (and still means) to write literature in the first person. (D-I)
*ANCS 222 GREECE AND ROME IN FILM (4 credits)
Did you know that Disney's Beauty and the Beast is based on a Latin novel written almost 2,000 years ago? Or that Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club bears a striking resemblance to Sophocles' Oedipus Rex? Each week, students will read a selection of ancient literature and pair it with a screening of modern film to assess the continued influence that ancient narratives still exert across multiple genres. Also listed as FILM 222. (D-I, RCH)
*ANCS 241 ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY (3 credits)
In antiquity, the Mediterranean Sea united rather than divided cultures. This course surveys ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean basin, paying particular attention to the cultural interactions that shaped and transformed the earliest history of this region. The course focuses upon four key centers of civilization: the kingdoms of the Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Among the topics we will consider: Hittite and Mycenaean relationships during the Bronze Age, Greek colonization and interaction with Egyptians, Phoenicians, Italians, and Near Eastern cultures during the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., the Persian empire and its clash with the Greeks in the 5th century, and Roman expansionism during the Roman Republic. Reading includes primary texts in English. Also listed as HIST 241. (WI, D-I)
ANCS 243 LIFE, DEATH AND HEALING IN THE ANCIENT WORLD (3 credits)
How did people in antiquity define illness or health? How did they think about and manage the key transitional periods of a person's life such as birth, maturation and death? This course explores the ideas and practices of the healing arts and the handling of life transitions. The focus is primarily on ancient Greece, though the class will draw upon other ancient cultures for comparison, including Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern sources. Readings consist of primary and secondary sources in English. Appropriate for first-year students.
ANCS 270 THAT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM (3 credits)
In an iconic scene in Indiana Jones: Last Crusade, Indiana Jones mutters the famous phrase, “That belongs in a museum!” when a relic is forcibly taken from him. Though the scene is Hollywood fiction, it does serve to highlight real tensions surrounding antiquities. Simultaneously viewed as objects of material, cultural, and aesthetic value, ancient objects occupy a nebulous space in the modern world. Using both archaeological and museological perspectives, this course is designed to introduce students to the types of artifacts that survive from antiquity and to explore some of the special challenges associated with antiquities collections. Also listed as MUSE 270.
ANCS 315 POMPEII: LIFE & DEATH (3 credits)
On August 24, AD 79, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying several Roman towns in the region of Campania, Italy, with a thick layer of volcanic ash and pumice. This event was a great tragedy for the people who lived in the area, causing vast destruction and considerable loss of life. For modern scholars, though, the event has proved an unusual blessing. Encapsulated within the volcanic debris is an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of the ancient inhabitants. This course explores the archaeological remains of Pompeii in order to learn about Roman life and culture in the early part of the Roman Empire. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. (D-I, RCH)
ANCS 342 READING LATIN (3 credits)
Students who have completed Latin I and II or the equivalent may take this course to continue their study of Latin. Texts are chosen to accommodate student interests and aptitudes, and have included works from Caesar, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Petronius, Virgil and Ovid. Since texts change from year to year, students may take this course multiple times. Offered only in the Fall semesters. Prerequisites: ANCS 113 or demonstrated equivalent.
ANCS 343 TOPICS IN ANCIENT LITERATURE (3 credits)
Explores specific topics of ancient literature in greater depth. Topic offerings depend upon interest and staff availability. Knowledge of a classical language not required. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor.
*ANCS 346 OVID'S METAMORPHOSES (3 credits)
Ovid’s fifteen book epic, Metamorphoses, has been described as many things: a mythological handbook, pointed political commentary, an extended experiment with literary genre, and simply a self-involved display of Ovid’s overinflated sense of genius. Students in this course will read the translated work in its entirety, along with relevant scholarship, in an effort to better understand this enigmatic epic. The course will culminate in a final research project. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. (RCH)
*ANCS 350 WORDS AND WORKS IN ROME (3 credits)
This courses focuses on the literary and artistic works from successive periods in the history of ancient Rom to provide students with a broad overview of Rome's development and culture. Our sources include a wide range of texts (poetry, drama, history) and artifacts (architecture, sculpture, painting, daily objects). As we examine these "words" and "works" we seek to uncover the attitudes, values, and ways of seeing and thinking about the world that make each period of Roman history unique. Knowledge of Latin is not required. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor. Also listed as HIST 350. (WI)
*ANCS 351 WORDS AND WORKS IN ANCIENT GREECE (3 credits)
This course focuses on the literary and artistic works from successive periods in the history of ancient Greece to provide students with a broad overview of the cultural and intellectual trends of ancient Greece. Our sources include a wide range of texts (poetry, drama, history) and artifacts (architecture, sculpture, painting, daily objects). As we examine these "words" and "works" we seek to uncover the attitudes, values, and ways of seeing and thinking about the world that make each period of Greek history unique. Knowledge of Greek is not required. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor. (WI)
*ANCS 356 HOMERIC BANQUET (3 credits)
Epic poetry is one of the oldest and most revered literary genres from the ancient world. This course focuses on the careful reading and interpretation of the three epic masterpieces of Greek and Roman antiquity: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. In the process of studying these texts, we analyze the features that made epic poetry distinctive, and put these works into dialog with other texts in the epic tradition. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor. (WI)
*ANCS 357 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE ANCIENT GREEK WORLD (3 credits)
This course explores ways in which the ancient Greeks constructed notions of gender and sexuality. Students examine a wide range of primary evidence (such as drama, poetry, philosophy, scientific or medical treatises, court documents, art, architecture, and daily artifacts) in order to uncover Greek attitudes and practices. By confronting the assumptions of a culture that was in many ways radically different from our own, we address some of the fundamental ways that ideas about gender and sexuality inform and shape societal expectations and institutions, from personal identity and forms of self expression to the legal, medical, and political mechanisms that govern society. Knowledge of a classical language is not required. Also listed as WGSS 357. (WI)
*ANCS 358 GREEK AND ROMAN DRAMA (3 credits)
A study of Greek and Roman tragedies and comedies including canonical texts (e.g., Plautus' Menaechmi) alongside lesser-taught ones (e.g., Seneca's Oedipus). We consider the literary/historical aspects of each piece alongside their performative natures. Knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar or consent of the instructor. Also listed as THEA 358. (WI)
*ANCS 371 HERODOTUS AND THE PERSIAN WAR (3 credits)
The defiant bravery of king Leonidas as he and his famous band of 300 Spartan soldiers held the pass at Thermopylae against the might of the Persian Empire is a familiar one, celebrated in popular memory as an act that transcends history to become legend. Did it really happen that way? Or is this image largely a product of the imagination of Greece’s first historian, Herodotus, considered by many to be “the father of history”? This course explores the way that Herodotus immortalized the conflict between the Greeks and Persians during the 5th century B.C. Students trace the forces that shaped this famous clash of cultures, and look at Herodotus’ account in conjunction with other archaeological and historical evidence in order to talk about how history is created. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Also listed as HIST 371. (D-I, RCH)
ANCS 481 INTERNSHIPS, FIELD STUDIES AND OTHER FIELD EXPERIENCES (1-3 credits)
ANCS 483 TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)
ANCS 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a comprehensive report prepared in the style of a thesis or research paper.
ANCS 486 SENIOR RESEARCH (3 credits)
Ancient and Classical Studies majors are required to enroll in this course in the fall of their Senior year. Students identify a topic and conduct extensive research in preparation for writing their senior thesis.
ANCS 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Senior thesis writing and revision.