Arts and Sciences
World Masterpieces I
Studies in great works of literature from antiquity (including Homer and Virgil) to the dawn of the modern era.
Classical Backgrounds of English Literature
Studies the influence on English and American literature of classical Greek and Roman epic, tragedy, comedy, and other literary forms.
The Bible as Literature
A study of the Bible, its literary variety, and historical and religious development.
Legends Past and Present
Studies narratives of heroes, quests, supernatural occurrences, and other extraordinary activities of humans past and present.
Studies narratives of interaction between human and divine, as retold in literature and cultures including ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian.
Special Studies in Linguistics: Egyptian Hieroglyphics
Art of the Ancient Near East
Studies the art and architecture of Anatolia (modern Turkey),Mesopotamia (Iraq today), and Persia (Iran) from the rise of Neolithic cultures to the end of the Persian Empire. Not offered since Spring 2003, but Chair has indicated that he has resources necessary to offer it and the following courses in his department in the future.
Art of Egypt
Studies the art of ancient civilizations of the Nile River Valley from the Old Kingdomthrough the Ptolemaic periods.
Studies the art of the Roman Republic and Empire from the Etruscan background through the reign of Constantine; emphasis on the city of Rome.
Studies the art of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Focus is on the art of the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. – the golden age of Greece.
Western Civilization I
Gives a broad view of the society we live in and the ideals we live by, starting with the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome and continuing through the “divine right” monarchies and the revolutions of the 17th century.
Ancient Near East
Studies the civilizations that developed in Egypt and Mesopotamia from the beginnings of history (ca. 3000 B.C.) to their disappearance under the Greeks and Romans.
Covers the founding of the Davidic kingdom (ca. 1000B.C.) and the building of theFirst Temple by Solomon to the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans (70A.D.).
Athens: the Golden Age
Studies the most famous Greek city-state, its political development as well as its artistic accomplishments, during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.
Rome, the First Caesars
Studies the transformation of the Roman republic under its most famous leaders (Caesar, Cicero, Pompey, Marc Antony, and others) into the empire under Augustus and the Julio-Claudian line (Caligula and Nero among others).
Fall of Rome
Studies the disappearance of the Roman empire during the third, fourth, and fifth centuries A.D. as barbarian invaders conquered the West.
Philosophy and Religion
History of Philosophy I
Studies the beginnings and early developments of Western philosophy. Readings selected from among the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Maimonides, Aquinas, and Occam. Topics may include the nature of argument, political loyalty and political dissent, justice, normative ethics, causality, and the existence of God.
A study of major philosophers in the ancient world.
Introduction to the Bible
Historical and literary exploration of portions of the Tanach (Old Testament) and New Testament that have had the most lasting influence on Western culture. Focus on the meaning of key terms like covenant and evil, biblical authorship, and different ways the text may be interpreted today.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Studies the historical development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the earliest roots in the myths and rituals of the ancient world to their modern forms. The interaction between each tradition and the cultural context in which it emerges and develops. The popular expression of each religion’s beliefs in its holidays, rituals, and legends.
Women and Religion
An examination of the image of women and the feminine in the myths, symbols, and theology of major religious traditions. Consideration is given to the status and role of women in relation to the issues of religious practice, participation in rituals, and ordination. While this course deals only minimally with Greek and Roman material, it does include an extensive study of the Bible and pre-biblical material.
A comparative analysis of the concept of evil in various traditions and its relation to notions of freedom, will, tragedy, power, gender, and the divine. Texts studied include the Bible, Sophocles’s Antigone, St. Augustine’s Confessions and Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Classical Political Theory
Studies the leading figures of Western political theory from Plato to Machiavelli.