Plato; Aristotle; selections from Hellenistic Philosophy.

Is it possible to be sure that we are living a good human life, come what may? What would it be like to “succeed at” being a human being, at being ourselves? In the period under consideration in this course (c. 399 BCE–c. 529 CE), the nascent traditions of Greek logic, science, and ethics were turned to the exploration of such fundamental questions as these and spread across the Mediterranean world in the wake of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire, laying the groundwork for the subsequent development of Western intellectual history. Over this term, we will study Aristotle, the great Hellenistic schools of ancient Athens (Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics) and the later ancient synthesis of Greek philosophy under the banner of Plato (Neoplatonism), and their influence on subsequent thought. Focus: Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans, Skeptics, and Neoplatonists (4th century BCE-3rd century CE).

Prerequisites: None: Students with no prior knowledge of the subject are welcome.

Cross-Listed as PHIL 212A


The Presocratics; Socrates; Sophists.

CLST 211 “The unexamined life is not worth living”: this is how the seminal Athenian philosopher Socrates explained his way of life to the jury that sentenced him. How did this attitude – and with it the complex of Western philosophy, medicine and science – first emerge in ancient Greece? In this course, we will piece together fragmentary evidence for the birth of rational speculation between the poets Homer and Hesiod (8th century BC) and Plato and Aristotle (4th century BC). Along the way, we will encounter the original articulations of Greece’s most enduring and provocative ideas. Textbook: John Cooper, Pursuits of Wisdom (Princeton, 2012).

Cross-Listed as PHIL 211A

Prerequisites: None


This course will provide an introduction to Greek and Roman archaeology, from roughly 1000 BCE to CE 600. The course will place particular emphasis on the different types of evidence for our knowledge about the material culture of Greek and Roman antiquity. Two-thirds of the course will deal with such topics as the history of classical archaeology, how sites get buried and how they are discovered, and we will also consider how both sites and artefacts are dated. Topics covered in this section will include aerial photography, field survey, geophysical prospection, environmental archaeology, the role of science in archaeology, and underwater archaeology, and we will also consider the importance of pottery, coins and inscriptions for the study of classical archaeology. The last third of the course will deal first with an introduction first to Greek archaeology, and then to Roman. The approach within each will be topical rather than chronological: introductions will be offered on subjects such as urbanization, rural and economic life, the army, religion and death and burial. There will be a mid-term test, one course paper and an exam at the end.
Textbooks. There is no one adequate introduction to classical archaeology as such. K. Greene and T. Moore, Archaeology: an introduction, 5th. ed. 2010, will be used for the first two-thirds of the course, but it covers more than just classical archaeology. C. Gates, Ancient Cities: the archaeology of urban life in the ancient Near East and Egypt, Greece and Rome, 2nd edition 2011, 205-426 will cover some of topics in the last third of the course. S. E. Alcock and R. Osborne (eds), Classical archaeology, 2nd edition 2012, available on line, is also useful in the absence of anything else, but this is a more detailed textbook and is not aimed at beginners.
1.K. Greene and T. Moore, Archaeology: an introduction, 5th. ed. 2010
2.C. Gates, Ancient Cities: the archaeology of urban life in the ancient Near East and Egypt, Greece and Rome, 2nd edition 2011, 205-426
3.S. E. Alcock and R. Osborne (eds), Classical archaeology, 2nd edition 2012 (available on line)
Prerequisites: None


Classical Studies 105 offers a broad introduction to the vibrant world of Greek and Roman mythology and its influence today. Because myth touched every aspect of ancient life, this course will also shed light on the literature, art, and lived experience of the Greeks and Romans. The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the myths, with the primary texts in which they are told, with the place of myth-telling in ancient culture, and to introduce students to the chief interpretive theories of myth that have been developed over the past century. The course also touches on the transformation of ancient myths in modern storytelling.

Emphasis will be placed on reading primary sources in English translation, and as a result students will become familiar with a variety of ancient literary genres. This course also develops valuable transferable skills in academic reading and writing.

Prerequisites: None. (No prior knowledge of the subject is expected).

CLST 105 is a prerequisite for upper-level literature courses in Classical Studies (CLST 313, 314, 317, 318).


The second year of Classical Arabic with extensive reading of poetry and prose drawn from religious and historical texts.
Prerequisites: Arabic 300


An introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of Classical Arabic. This course will emphasize grammar and vocabulary and will introduce the student to select texts from Arabic literature including the Qur’an.
Prerequisites: Open to first- and second-year students with permission of the instructor.

Chelsea Gardner has been awarded the Philip Lockhart Fellowship

Roger Wilson awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant

Congratulations to Siobhan McElduff!

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