Greek and Roman Studies

GRRO 110 Pathways to Cultural Knowledge I

As societies inherit and then redefine their own cultural realities, they also accumulate selective knowledge that is important in shaping their religious, political, and philosophical identities. But how is this cultural knowledge transmitted usefully and memorably to others? While reading an eclectic range of texts including biblical works, heroic epics, philosophical treatises, modern performance poetry, and more, we will explore varied communication strategies in oral storytelling, written manuscripts and papyri, printed texts, and even sign language and the internet.

GRRO 111 Pathways to Cultural Knowledge II

As societies inherit and then redefine their own cultural realities, they also accumulate selective knowledge that is important in shaping their religious, political, and philosophical identities. But how is this cultural knowledge transmitted usefully and memorably to others? While reading an eclectic range of texts including biblical works, heroic epics, philosophical treatises, modern performance poetry, and more, we will explore varied communication strategies in oral storytelling, written manuscripts and papyri, printed texts, and even sign language and the internet.

GRRO 150 Language Study

This course allows students to receive credit for studying languages not regularly offered on campus. Information concerning these
languages is available from the chair of the department.

GRRO 235 The Other Side of Rome

Most Roman history courses focus on political and military leaders–“great men” such as Julius Caesar, Gnaeus Pompeius, Cicero, and Augustus–and their accomplishments. This is owed in part to the limitations of our sources, and in part to our own bias for seeking out individual actors and agents of political change. But this course will have a different focus. We will look at the “other side of Rome”: those who were part of the Roman Empire but not of the ruling elite.

GRRO 240 Language Acquisition and Pedagogy

This course is a survey of a range of issues related to language acquisition and teaching. Among the areas covered are instructional
methodologies and approaches, second language acquisition theories, language skill development, language teaching and learning
technology, communicative and cultural competency, and assessment.

GRRO 245 Texts and Contexts

Topics in Greek and Roman literature organized chronologically, thematically, generically, or by geographic region. Topics might include
literature of the fourth century BCE, love and gender, the ancient novel, or Alexandrian authors. The course aims to introduce students to
the basic methods of reading and writing critically but with an emphasis on the special qualities of ancient texts (production and
reception, e.g.). Background in the cultures of Greece and Rome will be offered as necessary to understand the texts in their cultural

GRRO 250 Serving Gods: Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome

This course will use documents and material artifacts to reconstruct the beliefs and rituals of the traditional religions of Greece and
Rome. The approach will focus on particular shared aspects of the sacred among the Greeks and Romans. Topics will include Greco-
Roman theology, sacrifice and its interpretation, hero cult, the afterlife, oracles and forms of prophecy, maintenance of sanctuaries,
philosophical religion and emperor worship.

GRRO 255 Myth in Ancient Greece and Rome

A study of the mythoi from ancient Greece and Rome as transmitted in a variety of multiforms in the literary and the plastic arts,
including those from the ancient period and modern adaptations. The course aims to familiarize students with both the basic Greek and
Roman myths as well as the major schools of myth interpretation. Interpretative traditions to be covered may include those of the myth
and ritual school, the psychoanalysts, and the structuralists.

GRRO 260 Poetry and Performance

This course will examine the relationship between the evolution of poetic genres and the contexts of performance. The approach and range of topics will change from year to year.