CLAS 318

Topics in Classical Culture

Prerequisite: First-year students and sophomores with permission; at least one course in classical civilization is strongly recommended. This course investigates themes and issues in classical civilization, drawing from a wide variety of sources including literary, philosophical, and historical writings, inscriptions, papyri and artistic modes of production (e.g., vase paintings, sculpture, etc.). Topics will vary, with future topics including the paradoxical status of gladiators in imperial Rome; Greek conceptions of the grotesque; and ideas of death, commemoration, and the afterlife.

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