Courses in Hellenic Studies
- Freshman Seminars - Fall 2016
- Undergraduate Courses - Fall 2016
- Graduate Courses - Fall 2016
- Courses of Interest - Fall 2016
- Summer Courses - Summer 2016
- Previous Semesters
FRESHMAN SEMINARS Fall 2016
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES Fall 2016
Elementary Modern Greek
HLS 101/MOG 101
To set the foundations for acquiring a command of spoken and written Modern Greek. Equal emphasis will be given to speaking, reading, and writing.
Nikolas P. Kakkoufa, Class: 11:00 – 11:50am MTWTh
Intermediate Modern Greek
HLS 105/MOG 105
To improve the students' oral and written skills and introduce them to themes in the Hellenic tradition through readings in Modern Greek literature.
Nikolas P. Kakkoufa, Class: 12:30 – 1:20pm M TWTh
Classical Roots of Western Literature
COM 205/HLS 203/HUM 205
A reading of some of the greatest works of literature in the European tradition from Homer to Shakespeare. The course is also designed as an introduction to Comparative Literature--that is, a reading of literary works across the boundaries of time, geography, and language. All works taught in English.
Leonard Barkan, Class: (12:30 – 1:20pm MW) (2:30 – 3:20pm W Th)
Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHI 205/CLA 205/HLS 208
This course discusses the ideas and arguments of major ancient Greek philosophers and thereby introduces students to the history and continued relevance of the first centuries of western philosophy. Topics include the rise of cosmological speculation, the beginnings of philosophical ethics, Plato's moral theory and epistemology, Aristotle's philosophy of nature, metaphysics and ethics. The course ends with a survey of philosophical activity in the Hellenistic period.
Hendrik Lorenz, Class: 11:00 – 11:50 am TTh
The World of Late Antiquity
HIS 210/HLS 210/CLA 202
This course will focus on the history of the later Roman Empire, a period which historians often refer to as "Late Antiquity." We will begin our class in pagan Rome at the start of the third century and end it in Baghdad in the ninth century: in between these two points, the Mediterranean world experienced a series of cultural and political revolutions whose reverberations can still be felt today. We will witness civil wars, barbarian invasions, the triumph of Christianity over paganism, the fall of the Western Empire, the rise of Islam, the Greco-Arabic translation movement and much more.
Jack B. Tannous, Class: 11:00 – 11:50 am T Th
Rhetoric: Classical Theory, Modern Practice
CLA 211/ HLS 211
An introduction to the techniques of classical rhetoric both as a practical skill and as a philosophical approach to civic persuasion. Reading will consist of theoretical discussions of the proper means and ends of persuasion, along with exercises from Greek and Roman manuals of rhetoric. The goals of the course are: acquiring a historically informed understanding of the philosophical and ethical problems these techniques raised in their times; mastering the main classical techniques for persuasive reading, writing, speaking, and image-making; applying these principles to the analysis of a wide range of modern forms of persuasion.
Andrew L. Ford, Class: 2:30 – 3:20pm MW
CLA 212/HUM 212/GSS 212/HLS 212
An introduction to the classical myths in their cultural context and in their wider application to human concerns (such as creation, sex and gender, identity, transformation, and death). The course will offer a who's who of the ancient imaginative world, study the main ancient sources of well known stories, and introduce modern approaches to analyzing myths.
Brooke Holmes, Class: 1:30 – 2:20 pm TTh
Art and Power in the Middle-Ages
ART 228/HLS 228/MED 228/HUM 228
In twelve weeks this course will examine major art works from the twelve centuries (300-1500 CE) that encompass the European Middle Ages. Presenting works from Europe and the Middle East, the course will introduce students to the art of Catholicism and Orthodoxy, Judaism and Islam; the great courts of the Eastern- and Holy Roman Empires, and the roving Vikings, Celts and Visigoths. Students will not only be invited to consider how art can represent and shape notions of sacred and secular power, but will also come to understand how the work of 'art' in this period is itself powerful and, sometimes, dangerous.
Charles Barber and Beatrice Kitzinger, Class: 11:00 – 11:50 am MW
Constantinople: Journey to the Byzantine Capital
CLA 230/HLS 230/MED 231
Our focus will be life and literature in Constantinople, a city styled as the 'New Rome' to rule the emergent Christian East as the capital of the Byzantine Empire. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, we have applied for funding to bring up to 12 students and two faculty members to Istanbul for a required fall-break trip. In a novel approach, each student will select a historical persona drawn from the readings, whose perspective she or he will adopt for the journey to Istanbul/Constantinople and final presentations in a bid to write a historically informed yet subjective account of the late Roman or medieval city.
Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, Seminar: 3:00 – 4:20 pm MW
Greek Law and Legal Practice
CLA 330/CHV 330/HLS 340
The development of Greek legal traditions, from Homer to the Hellenistic age. The course focuses on the relationship between ideas about justice, codes of law, and legal practice (courtroom trials, arbitration); and the development of legal theory.
Marc Domingo Gygax, Seminar: 1:30 – 4:20 pm T
Beyond Crisis: Contemporary Greece in Context
COM 369/ECS 369/HLS 369/HUM 369
This course will offer a comparative approach to the cultural production of contemporary Greece, investigating the "Greek crisis" through literature and film of the past decade, as well as writings drawn from history, anthropology, political science, and economics, contemporary news sources, political and cultural blogs, and even the fast-changing landscape of Athenian graffiti. Students will face the comparatist's challenge of encountering not only an unfamiliar literature as it unfolds in a time of crisis, but also an unfamiliar culture, history, and society, mediated not just by linguistic translation but by market forces and media spin.
Karen Emmerich, Seminar: 1:30 – 4:20pm M
Antioch through the Ages: Archaeology and History
ART 418/ /CLA 418/ HLS 418/PAW 418
Antioch was unique among the great cities of the classical world for its position at the crossroads between the Mediterranean Sea and the Asian continent and for being a new foundation of the Hellenistic age that shrunk almost to insignificance in the modern era. Students in this course will get exclusive access to the archives and artifacts of the Princeton Antioch excavations of the 1930s. In the 2016 course, the focus will be on the theatre excavated in the Daphne region overlooking the city of Antioch, site of pagan performances well into the Christian era; students will study and report on its architecture, decor and use.
Alan Stahl, Seminar: 1:30 – 4:20pm T
Medieval Art: The Icon
ART 430/HLS 430/MED 430
The topic for this seminar will be the icon, a medium that developed in Late Antiquity and that continues to be a major and influential form of painting. We will examine the history, function, theory and meaning of the icon, and will also examine the icon's influence upon the discourses of Modernism. A more practical aspect of this seminar is that participants will work with the Princeton University Art Museum's newly acquired collection of icon painter's preparatory drawings, preparing catalogue entries for a virtual exhibition of this material.
Charles Barber, Seminar: 1:30 – 4:20pm W
GRADUATE COURSES Fall 2016
The Philosophy of Plato: The Relation Between Virtue and Knowledge
PHI 500/CLA 510/HLS 503
Seminar aims to reconstruct and evaluate the theory of human good is presented and argued for in Plato's Philebus.
Hendrik Lorenz, Seminar: 10:00am – 12:50pm F
The Philosophy of Aristotle: Aristotle’s Theory of Science and it’s Application to Geometry
PHI 501/HLS 508/CLA 519
An exploration of Aristotle's theory of science in the Posterior Analytics, and its application to the geometry of the period, notably Euclid's Elements.
Benjamin Morison, Seminar: 10:00am – 12:50pm F
Survey of Selected Greek Literature
CLA 502/HLS 502
A survey of major literary forms and works from the Archaic to the Greco-Roman period.Michael Flower and Joshua Billings, Seminar: 11:00am – 12:20pm TTh
Methods in Byzantine Literature and Philology
CLA 598/HLS 598
Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis, Seminar: 4:30 – 7:30 pm
COURSES OF INTEREST Fall 2016
Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication
TRA 200/COM 209/HUM 209
What is translation? What is a language? So essential and widespread is translation today that it has become a central analytic term for the contact of cultures, and a paradigm for studying many different aspects of our multilingual world. This course will consider translation as it appeared in the past, but especially as it constructs everyday life in the contemporary world. It will look at issues of anthropology, artificial intelligence, diplomacy, film, law and literature that involve interlingual and intercultural communication. Students should acquire an understanding of the problems and practices of modern translation.
Karen Emmerich, Seminar 11:00am – 12:20 pm T
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