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  •  Senior Seminar Schedule Announced

    Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

    Seminar Schedule

    Monday, Octover 20: John Heath will lead a conversation between senior thesis writers
    Monday, Octover 27: Scott LaBarge will speak on Wisdom (Epictetus)
    Monday, November 3: Lissa Crofton-Sleigh (TBA)
    Monday, November 10: Carolnn Roncaglia (TBA)
     
    All meetings are held in the Classics Seminar Room and begin at 5:30.
     
     
  •  Classics Courses for 2014-2015

    Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

     

    Quarter Subject Cat Nbr Title Topic
    (If title is different from catalog)
    Days Start time End time Instructor Final Exam?              Cross-Listed with? Core Attribute
    Fall CLAS 1 Elementary Latin I   MWF 11:45 AM 12:50 PM Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y    
    Fall CLAS 1 Elementary Latin I   MWF 1:00 PM 2:05 PM Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y    
    Fall CLAS 11A Cultures & Ideas I Heroes & Heroism MWF 9:15 AM 10:20 AM Greenwalt, William Y   C&I 1
    Fall CLAS 11A Cultures & Ideas I Heroes & Heroism MWF 2:15 PM 3:20 PM LaBarge, Scott Y   C&I 1
    Fall CLAS 21 Elementary Greek I   MWF 11:45 AM 12:50 PM Knudsen, Rachel Y    
    Fall CLAS 63 Greek Eros   MWF 10:30 AM 11:35 AM Heath, John Y   RTC 2
    Fall CLAS 101 Intermediate Latin   MWF 11:45 AM 12:50 PM Heath, John Y    
    Fall CLAS 110 Roman Republic   MWF 1:00 PM 2:05 PM Roncaglia, Carolynn Y HIST 110  
    Fall CLAS 181 Classical Tragedy   MWF 10:30 AM 11:35 AM Moritz, Helen Y   Adv Writing
    Fall CLAS 138 Special Topics in Latin Prose Pliny MWF 2:15 PM 3:20 PM Roncaglia, Carolynn Y    
    Fall CLAS 153 Euripides   TR 2:00 PM 3:40 PM Heath, John Y    
    Fall CLAS 197A Senior Thesis I   TBA TBA TBA Greenwalt, William N    
                           
    Winter CLAS 2 Elementary Latin II   MWF 11:45 AM 12:50 PM Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y   Second Language
    Winter CLAS 11A Cultures & Ideas I Gods & Mortals MWF 9:15 AM 10:20 AM Heath, John Y   C&I 1
    Winter CLAS 11A Cultures & Ideas I Gods & Mortals MWF 10:30 AM 11:35 AM Turkeltaub, Daniel Y   C&I 1
    Winter CLAS 11A Cultures & Ideas I Heroes & Heroism MWF 1:00 PM 2:05 PM Knudsen, Rachel Y   C&I 1
    Winter CLAS 12A Cultures & Ideas II Heroes & Heroism MWF 9:15 AM 10:20 AM Roncaglia, Carolynn Y   C&I 2
    Winter CLAS 12A Cultures & Ideas II Heroes & Heroism MWF 2:15 PM 3:20 PM Roncaglia, Carolynn Y   C&I 2
    Winter CLAS 22 Elementary Greek II   MWF 11:45 AM 12:50 PM Turkeltaub, Daniel Y   Second Language
    Winter CLAS 41 Word Workshop   M 5:30 PM 7:30 PM Heath, John Y    
    Winter CLAS 65 Classical Mythology         Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y   RTC 2
    Winter CLAS 111 Roman Empire         Roncaglia, Carolynn Y HIST 111  
    Winter CLAS 113 Democracy Unders Siege   TR 10:20 AM 12:00 PM Greenwalt, William Y HIST 132 Civic Engagment
    Winter CLAS 1xx [Latin Reading]         Heath, John Y    
    Winter CLAS 155 Plato         Turkeltaub, Daniel Y    
    Winter CLAS 197A Senior Thesis I   TBA TBA TBA Greenwalt, William N    
    Winter CLAS 197B Senior Thesis II   TBA TBA TBA Greenwalt, William N    
                           
    Spring CLAS 3 Elementary Latin III   MWF 11:45 AM 12:50 PM Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y   Second Language
    Spring CLAS 12A Cultures & Ideas II Heroes & Heroism MWF 1:00 PM 2:05 PM Roncaglia, Carolynn Y   C&I 2
    Spring CLAS 12A Cultures & Ideas II Heroes & Heroism MWF 9:15 AM 10:20 AM Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y   C&I 2
    Spring CLAS 12A Cultures & Ideas II Gods & Mortals MWF 10:30 AM 11:35 AM Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth Y   C&I 2
    Spring CLAS 23 Elementary Greek III         Turkeltaub, Daniel Y   Second Language
    Spring CLAS 43 Movie Fun         Heath, John Y    
    Spring CLAS 60 Ancient Studies   TR 10:20 AM 12:00 PM Greenwalt, William Y   C&I 3
    Spring CLAS 146 Age of Socrates         LaBarge, Scott Y PHIL 131A
    Spring CLAS 197B Senior Thesis II   TBA TBA TBA Greenwalt, William N    
    Spring CLAS 1xx [Greek Reading)         Turkeltaub, Daniel Y    
    Spring CLAS 1xx (Latin Reading}         Knudsen, Rachel      
    Spring CLAS 1xx [History Elective}         Roncaglia, Carolynn Y    
     

     

  •  Faculty and Staff Updates

    Monday, Jul. 29, 2013
     

    The big news this year is the retirement (say it isn’t so!) of Helen Moritz at the end of this fall quarter. Helen came to Santa Clara in 1977 and oversaw the introduction and development of the Department of Classics. Additionally, Helen served in numerous administrative positions, including Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Dean of Academic Support Services, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and interim Chair of the English Department (!). She has taught all levels of Greek and Latin since she first arrived, and developed and taught innumerable culture and literature-in-translation classes for the department and core. Where she found the time to publish 28 articles and reviews no one will ever know. Plans are well underway for her retirement party on December 8th. We’ll post more on this event later this term.

    For the first time in four decades, the department is without John Dunlap, who retired at the end of last year. We wish him well in his retirement!  But we are delighted to welcome Dr. Lissa Crofton-Sleigh to our department, who will be teaching the Beginning Latin sequence, Classical Myth, and two sections of our freshman C&I sequence.

    Exciting News: The department has been given permission from the Provost to search for two new colleagues. One will be a three-year lectureship for a philologist to replace John Dunlap. The second position is for a new tenure-track position in material culture.

    Scott LaBarge continues his dual lives as philosopher and classicist, teaching a core freshman course in fall and his Socrates course in the spring for us. Having too many talents for his own good, Mick McCarthy remains Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and will not be teaching Classics courses this year.

    Dan Turkeltaub is on paternity leave this fall. He returns in winter and spring to pick up the Beginning Greek sequence as well as Plato and Homer for our advanced Greek courses and a section of C&I.

    The department is fortunate to have both of our lecturers returning this year. Carolynn Roncaglia will be teaching the upper-division history sequence as well as sections of the freshman core and upper-division Latin. Rachel Knudsen’s classes include Beginning Greek, upper-division Latin, and the freshman core course.

    Bill Greenwalt will be teaching a C&I section and his new Democracy course, as well as Introduction to Ancient Studies. John Heath offers his Ancient Eros course in fall and a C&I section in winter, along with language courses in Intermediate Latin, Euripides, and Virgil.

    The department would probably collapse (and the chair certainly would) without the good will and extreme competence of Judy Gillette. We are extremely pleased that our new Classics House (which has shaped up quite nicely) has its own administrative office in which Judy can set up shop.

     

  •  New Blog for Faculty Research

    Monday, Jul. 29, 2013

     

    Click on these articles and see what Classics faculty member have been publishing. For a complete list of faculty scholarship, see individual faculty CVs.
     
    John Heath: “Why Corinna?”

     

  •  New and Returning Classics Faculty in 2012-13

    Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

    Classics is happy to welcome Rachel Knudsen (Ph.D. Stanford) as our Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer for 2012-13.  Professor Knudsen has taught Greek and Latin language at all levels as well as a wide variety of ancient literature in translation, and has supervised several undergraduate research theses. Her research interests include Homer, Archaic poetry, and ancient rhetoric; she is particularly interested in the representation of speech across all genres of ancient poetry and prose. She will be teaching sections of Cultures and Ideas I: Heroes and Heroism, as well as a course on Classical Mythology.

    We are also delighted to welcome back for a second year Carolynn Roncaglia (Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley) as our Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer in Ancient History. Professor Roncaglia's research interests include Roman history, Greek and Latin epigraphy, and Greco-Roman Egypt. She will be teaching our ancient history sequence, which this year includes courses on the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. In fall she is offering a reading course in Latin prose, and she will be teaching the second half of our Heroes and Heroism C&I sequence.

    The most moving news this year is the Classics has a new home! Our house on Franklin Street is scheduled to be demolished, and we have moved to a nice, house on Lafayette, the former home of Environmental Studies. Come visit us in our new digs!

    In other faculty news, Associate Professor Mick McCarthy, SJ, continues his duties as the Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU. Associate Professor Scott LaBarge will be teaching a C&I section of Heroes and Heroism as well as his course on Socrates. The department is extremely happy to welcome back Professor William Greenwalt to full-time teaching for Classics, as he has finished up his tour of duty as Director of Honors, Fellowship, and the LEAD Scholars Program. Assistant Professor Dan Turkeltaub begins his third year in a tenure-track position, teaching both halves of a C&I sequence, upper-division Greek and Latin, and his new course on Justice. Senior Lecturer John Dunlap will be teaching the elementary Latin sequence, his C&I sequence on natural law, and Medieval Latin in spring. Professor John Heath is teaching his new course on Sex and Religion in Ancient Greece, as well as Classical Myth in the Western Tradition in winter (with a sabbatical in spring). And in the BIG news department, Associate Professor Helen Moritz begins phased retirement this year, teaching the elementary Greek sequence and serving as Acting Char in spring (some retirement!).

  •  New and Returning Classics Faculty in 2011

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

    Adjunct Lecturers Carolynn Roncaglia and H. Christian Blood join the Classics program.

    Classics House is happy to welcome Carolynn Roncaglia (Ph.D. U.C. Berkely), as our adjunct lecturer in Ancient History for 2011-2012. Professor Roncaglia's research interests include Roman history, Greek and Latin epigraphy, and Greco-Roman Egypt. She will be teaching our ancient history sequence, which this year includes courses on Ancient Greece and Hellenistic History. In fall she is offering a Latin reading course on Roman letters, particularly those of Pliny and Cicero. She will also be teaching the second half of our Heroes and Heroism C&I sequence, and a course of Roman imperialism.

    We are also delighted that H. Christian Blood (Ph.D. U.C. Santa Cruz) will be teaching the introductory section of our Heroes and Heroism C&I sequence, as well as the second half of our Gods and Mortals sequence in spring. His research interests and future publications include the history of Great Books program in the United States, the relationship between Classics and Transgender Studies and the Nachleben of Apuleius, Seneca, and Petronius in 18th-century Anglophone literature.

    Once again this year, there have been some big changes in our little department. Our two Lecturers from last year, Jason Schlude and Peter Lech, have moved on to tenure-track positins (Duquesne and U. Mass Boston, respectively. Congratulations-you will be missed! Also missed will be Associate Professor Mick McCarthy, who is now the Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU. Associate Professor Scott LaBarge has returned from sabbatical and will be teaching three courses each for Classics and Philosophy, including his first offering of a section of Heroes and Heroism, a sequence he developed for Classics. Professor WIlliam Greenwalt continues to teach a limited load (including a new course in the core) for Classics while serving as Director of Honors, Fellowship, and the LEAD Scholars Program. Fortunately for the department, helen Moritz has returned to us (relatively unscathed!) from her year as interim Chair of English. She is teaching the Odyssey, Catullus, a C&I section of Gods and Mortals, and Classical Tragedy in Translation, and will be on sabbatical in spring. Assistant Professor Dan Turkeltaub begins his second year in a tenure-track position, teaching the Beginning Greek sequence, Classical Myth, and both halves of a C&I sequence. Senior Lecturer John Dunlap will be offering his popular Classics in Cinema course in winter as well as his C&I sequence on Natural law, and he will be on sabbatical in spring. Professor John Heath is teaching the Beginning Latin sequence, Vergil's Georgics, and, as punishment for some grevious error in a past life, continues to serve as chair of the department.

  •  New Classics Courses

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

    Faculty in Classics continue to develop new courses, both in the core and across disciplines.

    In the Spring of 2011, students quickly filled two new classes: Professor Turkeltaub's Ancient and Modern Laughter, and Professor Schlude's Jews Under Empire. Dan Turkeltaub's course cross-listed with English and Theatre, led students through a variety of texts and ended with class performances of Greek and Roman comic plays:

    Why do we (or don't we) laugh at chickens crossing roads, baseballs hitting men in their groins, children spouting profanity, brainless blondes, dead babies, blenders, dysfunctional relationships, Canadians, and farts? Why, when it comes right down to it, do we laugh at all? In this course we will investigate the nature of humor and the role it plays in ancient Greek, Roman, and modern American societies, with a particular eye to the Greek and Roman roots of western comedy. Our readings will focus on Aristrophanes' wonderfully scatological mockeries of classical Athenian life and politics, whimsical "situation comedies" written by the Roman playwright Plautus, and some oddly distrubing ones from Terence. Alongside these and a few other ancient masters, we will examin analogous humor from modern comedians as well as movies such as South Park and The Birdcage. Selections from Plato, Aristotle, Bakhtin, Freud, Frye, and othe scholars of laughter from various disciplines will help us understand how the humor in these works...well...work. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the things that you already find funny and gain a new appreciation for the very serious ways in which comedy helps you live your life.

    Students also flocked to Jason Schlude's new course, Jew Under Empire, cross-listed with the History Department:

    Empire was a defining feature of the ancient Mediterranean. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Greek kings and the Roman elite exercises influence over large areas of the Mediterranean and its peoples. The experience of and response to such empires by their foreign subjects are often as challenging to elucidate as fascinating to imagine. Yet there is one case in which the subject people have left behind a substantial literature documenting their experience: the Jews. In this course, we will explore the consequences of empire for the Jews and the strategies they employed to explain and live under empire. In the process, our conversation will often focus on religion, as the monotheistic religion of the Jews was a driving force in their lives and experience. We will also discuss, however, many other areas of culture, as well as politics, society, economy, and the military. As for specific topics, we will consider a wide range: the Jews of Ptolemaic Egypt, the Maccabean Revolt, the Hasmonean dynasty, herod the Great, the Alexandrian riots of 38 CE, and the First Jewish Revolt. While modern readings will provide context for the subject, we will devote our main attention to the ancient texts produced by the Jews themselves in these periods. And students will have the opportunity to take part in well-informed discussions and to engage more deeply with particular issues through thoughtful presentations and papers.

    This coming Winter, Professor William Greenwalt will offer a new Civic Engagement core course entitled Democracy: Ancient and Modern, which compares and contrasts the political functioning of fourth-century Athens with contemporary America. And in Spring quarter Professor Carolynn Roncaglia will teach a new course on oman imperialism. Stay tuned for details.

  •  Colloquium on the ethical dimensions of battlefield heroism

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

    Professor Scott LaBarge will discuss "The Conceptual Problems of Battlefield Heroism": Tuesday, October 18th, 4:00, O'Connor 210. Interested members of the community are welcome.

    Professor LaBarge's presentation, part of his book-length study of the nature of heroism, will chiefly focus on examples from classical antiquity, although he will be drawing larger ethical conclusions.

  •  Latin Education and the Warden of Bastille

    Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

    "Latin Education and the Warden of the Bastille," a lecture on why classical languages should be an integral part of the general education, will be presented by Professor Dan Turkeltaub on Friday, November 4, 4:14, at the Latin colloquium for Latin teachers in Jesuit high schools (Bellarmine College Prep). The talk will center on a close reading of a passage from Alexandre Dumas's Le Vicomte de Bragelonne in which the warden of the bastille decries before a Jesuit (Aramis) the value of a Latin education in light of a prisoner of his who composed an anti-Jesuit Latin distich in imitation of Martial. (It's a very fun passage.)

  •  Daniel Turkeltaub's article, Reading the Epic Past: The Iliad on Heroic Epic, has just appeared

    Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

    Daniel Turkeltaub’s article, “Reading the Epic Past: The Iliad on Heroic Epic,” has just appeared.

    Professor Turkeltaub’s latest work appears in a new collection of essays entitled Allusion, Authority, and Truth: Critical Perspectives on Greek Poetic and Rhetorical Praxis, edited by Phillip Mitsis and Christo Tsagalis (Berlin/New York, 2010).

    For details on the publication, check out the following: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/at/detailEn.cfm?isbn=978-3-11-024540-0
    http://www.reference-global.com/doi/book/10.1515/9783110245400

     

    Abstract:

    In this article, Daniel Turkeltaub challenges the standard notion that the Iliad is an uncritical, orthodox representative of traditional heroic epic poetry through an analysis of how the Iliad engages in a metapoetic and self-reflexive critique that subverts traditional epic pretensions to ethical authority.  Iliadic heroes learn proper heroic behavior from stories about their heroic fathers and forefathers.  By presenting these stories as inherited from its own epic tradition, the Iliad transforms its heroes into “readers” of its own epic tradition as they seek to understand and aspire to equal their fathers’ legacies.  As they do so, Iliadic heroes demonstrate for their own audiences approaches to understanding epic, including the Iliad itself.  Two test cases, Diomedes “reading” his father’s epic legacy in books four through eight and the competing visions of the past given by Nestor and Priam, demonstrate that while the Iliad maintains a traditional narrative voice extolling the heroic virtues and inherited ethical code of its heroes, the poet arranges his events and language so as to reveal that emulating epic values and behaviors is at best ineffective and at worst dangerously counter-productive.  Epic justifies itself through seducing its audience into considering its heroes to be viable exemplars of noble behavior, but because the production of epic necessarily entails aggrandizing and censoring historical events, the audience must always remember that epic heroes are fictional and that their actions are inimitable in the real world.

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