Spring 2016 Courses

Classical Culture

CL C 2213.900 Intro to Classical Archaeology (Stanley MW 7:30-8:45pm)
Gen-Ed: IVb , Letters Category: History

Introductory survey of the archaeological discovery of the ancient civilizations of the Near and Middle East and the Mediterranean World, including the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hebrew, Roman, Minoan, Mycenaean, and Greek civilizations. Attention is given to principal sites for each civilization, their discovery, and the techniques and methodology of classical archaeology.

CL C 2383.001 Classical Mythology (R. Huskey TR 1:30-2:45p)
Gen-Ed: IVb, Letters Category: History, Literature

Long before Brad Pitt embodied Achilles or Logan Lerman was a modern day Perseus, Greco-Roman myth delighted readers. This course gives particular emphasis to the characters, plots, and motifs portrayed in these stories from antiquity. How these stories have influenced western art and culture is a highlight of the class. Grades are based on exams, a short paper, and class participation.

CL C 2413 Medical Vocabulary Sec. 995, 996 (Walker-Esbaugh Online)
Medical Vocabulary. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Designed to be of special use to students planning a career in the Allied Health professions. Study of the basic Greek and Latin elements of medical terminology through the analysis of select vocabularies and word lists

CL C 2613 Survey: Ancient Roman Culture (Davis MWF 9:30-10:20am)
Gen-Ed: IVb, Letters Category: History, Literature
The Lives and Minds of Rome: A Survey of Ancient Roman Culture
With current educational trends advocating more specialization, courses that present “big picture” ideas are often left behind—leaving students with large quantities of disconnected information. Fortunately, this survey course allows students to see how a combination of cultural identity, major events, and powerful people are woven together to form a foundational knowledge of ancient Rome. By centering on the lives of 24 famous Romans, the lively pace of this course is designed to help students gain insight to the lives and minds of ancient Rome.

CL C 3053 Origins of Christianity (Harper TR 10:30-11:45am)
Gen-Ed: IVd, Letters Category: Philosophy or History

This course will explore the first five centuries of Christian history and the ways that Christian history intersects with the history of the Roman Empire. The course aims to enrich your understanding of early Christian literature by placing it in its historical and cultural setting. We will read the Christian scriptures alongside contemporary Greek and Roman literature. We will study the history of Judaism in the late Second Temple period, the effects of Roman imperialism on political and spiritual movements in ancient Palestine, the influence of Greek philosophical ideas on Christianity, and the development of the church as it became a powerful institution in the Empire.

CL C 3113 Ancient Epic Poetry (Russell TR 12:00-1:15pm)
Gen-Ed: IVd, Letters Category: Philosophy or History

In this class we will examine the epic poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to reading and writing about classic works such as the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, we will examine its pre-history and its later reception — the roots of Greek epic as oral poetry, the difference between performed poetry and written poetry, lost epics and what we can know about them, and the millennia of responses to these ancient texts, from ancient poets to modern filmmakers.

CL C 3183.995 Hellas: The Civilization of Ancient Greece: (Peggy Chambers-ONLINE)
Letters Categories: History, Philosophy, or Literature

"Hellas, the Civilization of Ancient Greece" surveys the evolution of the classical ideal beginning with the Pre-Greek Minoans and the Early Mycenaen Kings through the Age of Pericles to the rise of Macedon and Alexander the Great in the 4th Century BC. "Hellas" traces the human factor dominating western history, philosophy, literature, and political science as Greek civilization chronologically evolves. It also traces and examines the lessons of all Greek literature, art, and philosophy: responsible behavior, balance and control. Readings include HDF Kitto's The Greeks, four historical novels by Mary Renault, four Greek dramas, the Apology of Socrates from The Dialogues of Plato, and selections from Edith Hamilton's Mythology. Internet Research of specific historical topics will also be required.

This class is an upper division Gen Ed approved three-hour course. It will count as history, philosophy or literature major credit in Letters. Because the course evaluation is based entirely on weekly written assignments, permission of the Instructor is required. Contact Peggy Chambers Rm 106 Carnegie Bldg; pchambers@ou.edu

CL C 3613 Visions of Heaven and Hell (Greene TR 3:00-4:15pm HONORS)
Gen-Ed: IVd, Letters Category: Literature

In this course we will read three of the major epic poems in the Western tradition: Virgil's Aeneid, Dante's Inferno, and Milton's Paradise Lost. We will examine representations of human heroism in these works, and explore how each of the three poets treats the theme of the heroic journey. Our discussions of Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost will also address themes of hell, damnation, and salvation in those works. In addition, we will investigate the complex relationship depicted in all three poems between the individual and the divine.

CL C 3213 Greek Art to Death of Alexander (Stanley MW 4:30-5:45pm)
Gen-Ed: IVa, Letters Category: History

This course is a survey of the architecture, sculpture, painting, city-development, and minor arts in the Greek regions of the Mediterranean in the successive stages oftheir development, with analyses ofdominate styles andselect masterpieces and monuments. The course begins with a consideration of the development of the Minoan culture on the Island of Crete and follows this development on through the succeedingmainland eras of the Mycenaean culture throughthe varied phases of Greek development on the mainland and the eastern Mediterranean areas in the centuries before the appearance of Alexander the Great. In order to help students understand the richness of the ancient Greek culturethe course involves copious power point presentations with reading and writing assignments.

CL C 3233 The Roman Forum and Monuments (Stanley MW 3:00-4:15pm)
Letters Category: History

This course is about the development of the ancient city of Rome. It is a detailed study of how Rome developed from its humble beginnings, as little more then a village on the banks of the Tiber River, to the huge metropolis that represented the power of the Roman Empire. This course examines each phase of the physical development of the city as reflected in the excavations of the architectural remains of the Roman Forum (the central part of the city). The course will include an assessment of the topography of Rome, the individuals, historical events, and the purposes that led to the construction of the buildings that survive today in the ruins of the famed Roman Forum. The study of what ruins represented offers insight into the significance of the Roman urban development and to the greatness of the ancient city and the people who inhabited the city, some of whom played critical roles in guiding the destiny of Rome.

CL C 3510 The World of Late Antiquity: From Rome to Baghdad (Johnson MWF 10:30-11:20AM) Letters Category: History
This course will introduce you to the fascinating historical period called Late Antiquity, a transitional world from c.300 to c.800 AD that proved to be a hinge between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. It will first ask you to question the popular model of “Decline and Fall,” inherited from Edward Gibbon, and to consider in its place a model of vitality and creative evolution. The geographical area covered will be immense — from Ireland to China — so early on you will get a grasp of the whole of the inhabited ancient world (the oikoumenē as the Greeks called it). The Mediterranean will, of course, be the center of our attention, but Mesopotamia, Arabia, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Western Europe will also be considered in turn. We will focus in particular on the rise and development of Christianity during this period. In this context, you will be asked to consider the disappearance of Greco-Roman paganism as it related to the institutionalization of the Church in the late Roman empire. Finally, you will be investigating the related phenomena of the formation of Europe and the emergence of Islam as a permanent presence in the East. The theological and linguistic context of the Qur’ān will be a topic of close study, especially in its relations to Judaism, Syriac Christianity, and the doctrinal divisions of the eastern churches. This course will thus give you a firm foundation in a period that impacted both Europe and the Middle East profoundly. Indeed, the history of Late Antiquity still reverberates in many regions and effects many individuals’ lives throughout the world today.

CL C 4503 Classical Languages Capstone (Huskey MWF 9:30-10:20am)
Ovid's Metamorphoses is second only to the Bible in its influence on later literature and art, but few scholarly resources take full advantage of the Internet to illustrate the poem's far-reaching impact. Students in the capstone course will therefore build such a resource from the ground up, picking up valuable experience with technology while using what they know about Classics to enhance and enrich the site's content. Specifically, students will select portions of the Metamorphoses to research. Instead of turning in a paper at the end of the semester, they will submit multimedia commentaries that conform to the best practices of digital humanities scholarship. Gen-Ed: V


GRK 1215.001 Beginning Greek (Davis M-F 12:30-1:20pm) Gen-Ed: Ib

Continued study of beginning Greek. Prerequisite: 1115.

GRK 2213.001 Homer (Russell TR 3:00-4:15pm) Gen-Ed: Ib
The main focus of this class will be reading selections of Homer’s Iliadin Greek. In addition to studying the Homeric dialect and familiarizing ourselves with the peculiarities of his language, we will explore the tradition of Homeric studies and the multitude of uses to which these foundational texts of Western Civilization have been put, historical, artistic, educational, and literary.

GRK 3213 Ancient Greek Drama: Sophocles (Greene TR 1:30-2:45pm)
This class will translate one of Sophocles’ most famous plays, Antigone. This play has had a profound influence on playwrights through the twentieth century. We will also discuss the play’s literary and historical significance, paying close attention to language, issues of gender, and character development.
Prerequisite: 2000 level course. May be repeated with change of content: maximum credit, nine hours.

GRK 4133.001 Historians: Herodotus (Johnson MWF 12:30-1:20pm)
The "father of history" Herodotus of Halicarnassus (c. 484-426) wrote an unprecedented and highly influential history of the known world up to his own day. Combining travel, mythology, military history, and anthropology, Herodotus inaugurated the Greek tradition of historiography in grand style. He wrote in the aftermath of the Greco-Persian wars, and the larger dynamics of Mediterranean history, in light of Greek identity-formation, are his primary concern. J.D. Denniston famously claimed that "Herodotus is an unaccountable phenomenon in the history of literature," by which he meant that the combination of Greek tradition (both archaic and classical) with the innovative and idiosyncratic mode of narration is unique to Herodotus, even as he drew on Homer and other forebears and influenced subsequent generations. This class aims to introduce students to the richness of Herodotus' (Ionic) Greek prose, while also inviting them to consider carefully the complexity of his vision of the past in the context of fifth-century Greece. We will read selections from all books of the Histories, but with a concentration on the archaic sections of Books 1–2 and major events in the wars with Persia in Books 6–9.


LAT 1115 Beginning Latin: (Walker-Esbaugh, sec. 001 M-F 10:30-11:20 a.m.), (Hansen, sec. 002 M-F 12:30-1:20pm) Gen-Ed: Ib

Introductory study of the vocabulary and grammar of the Latin language, with practice in the reading of sentences and connected prose from selected Latin authors.

LAT 1215 Beginning Latin: (Walker-Esbaugh, sec. 001, M-F 11:30-12:20 p.m.), (Hansen, sec. 002, M-F 1:30-2:20pm) Gen-Ed: Ib
Introductory study of the vocabulary and grammar of the Latin language, with practice in the reading of sentences and connected prose from selected Latin authors. Prerequisite: 1115, or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better.

LAT 2113 Intermediate Latin Prose (Hansen MWF 3:30-4:20pm) Gen-Ed: Ib
This course focuses on the reading and understanding of continuous prose passages of Latin. It begins with a review of word forms, and then moves on to further practice with more complicated sentence constructions. Through this class, the student will begin to read Latin prose with increased proficiency, and acquire a more thorough knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar. In the fall, the readings include selections from the Vulgate, Caesar, and Livy; in the spring, the selections are from Eutropius, Caesar, and Cicero. Roman history and culture will be an important component of both semesters. This class may be repeated, with a change of reading material, for a maximum of six hours credit.

LAT 2213 Ovid (Davis MWF 1:30-2:20pm) Gen-Ed: Ib
The Intermediate Latin Poetry course centers on transitioning students from “textbook” Latin to translating authentic Latin poetry. Ovid, one of classical Rome’s most creative and controversial poets, provided excellent examples of Latin grammar and classical poetic techniques. Often shrouded in religious, social, and political controversy, Ovid’s poems still entertain modern translators of all skill levels. By focusing on a selection from Ovid’s major works, students will develop a deeper understanding of Latin grammar, Roman poetry, and classical culture. This course contains rotating material from Ovid’s poems; therefore, the course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

LAT 3113 Pliny the Younger’s Letters (Chambers TR 9:00-10:15am)
Gaius Plinius Secundus (AD 23-79) best known today as Pliny the Elder was a wealthy nobleman of equestrian rank who maintained an extremely active public career, ultimately becoming commander of the Roman fleet in Misenum, the port city for the Roman navy in the Western Mediterranean. It was here in the Bay of Naples that he met his death in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79; an event immortalized by Pliny the Younger in correspondence with Tacitus the historian.
His Natural Histories dedicated to the Emperor Titus in 77 AD represents a survey of the knowledge of the natural world as seen by an educated Roman of the 1st century. The broad topics of the original work include cosmology and astronomy, geography, biology, zoology, botany, medicine, and finally metals, minerals and precious stones. From among these I have chosen excerpts for translation that I found entertaining, enlightening and revealing of Roman thought, character, philosophy and even prejudice.
In addition to translating, a short report (in English) that explores and/or elucidates on one of the topics for translation is required.
Required Texts: 1) Natural Histories of Pliny the Elder by P.L. Chambers, OU Press,
ISBN: 978-0-8061-4215-9
2) Pliny the Elder – Natural History Selected Readings
Required Workbook: Crimson and Cream Copy Shop, OMU

LAT 3213 Vergil (Watson MWF 10:30-11:20am)
The fall of Troy, the wanderings of a hero, the strains of love and duty, the founding of the Roman race—all in this: the most influential and controversial poem of all time. In this course, we will read and discuss Vergil’s Aeneid in the original language, and pay close attention to its place in the epic, and other literary, traditions and analyze its status as a work of Augustan literature. Join us and learn what makes this perhaps the greatest poem ever written.

LAT 3313 Latin Composition (Watson MWF 11:30-12:20pm)
Prerequisite: one intermediate level Latin course or the equivalent. In this course the student will learn to compose in Latin by translating sentences and continuous passages from English.


LTRS 1113 Introduction to Letters (Coodin MW 3:00-4:15PM)
Gen-Ed: IVb, Letters Category: History, Literature, Philosophy

This course serves as an introduction to the Letters major, OU’s interdisciplinary humanities degree. This semester’s section will address reason and passion. Over the course of the term, we will study seminal writings about reason and emotion from Classical Greece through the nineteenth-century and explore how the reason/emotion dichotomy has helped shape Western accounts of what it means to be human. We will be discussing the changing values accorded to rationality and passion over time by focusing on the terminology and imagery used to represent them in canonical works of literature and philosophy, including Aristotle’s Ethics, Robert Burton’sThe Anatomy of Melancholy,and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.This course contains a variety of short writing assignments intended to familiarize incoming students with the requirements of essay writing, as well as a mid-term and final exam. Class format is based on lecture and discussion.No prerequisites. Approved for Gen-Ed credit.

LTRS 2103 Intro-Constitutional Studies (Porwancher TR 4:30-5:45pm)
Gen-Ed: IVb, Letters categories: History or Phil.; Constitutional Studies Area: 1, 2, 3, or 4

This course serves as a broad introduction to the theory and history of constitutional governance. The student who completes the course will acquire, first, aconceptual vocabularythat enables her or him to think critically about the nature of constitutional problems. The student will learn what liberty, justice, natural law, natural rights, civil rights, legitimacy, monarchy, democracy, majoritarianism, classical liberalism, republicanism, executive power, legislative power, judicial power, and judicial review mean. Secondly, the student will acquire aframework of core knowledgeabout the history of constitutionalism. This includes the classical roots of constitutional thought, the contribution of the English common law tradition, the origins and structure of the U.S. Constitution, and the development of American constitutionalism during the civil war and civil rights movement. Finally, the student will leave the course with adeeper sense of the constitutional basisof contemporary political controversies

LTRS 3143 The Examined Life IV: Modern Academy (R. Huskey TR 10:30-11:45am)
Gen-Ed: IVd, Letters categories: History, Literature, or Philosophy

This course presents a survey of 19thand 20thcentury thought through selections from some of the greatbooks of western academia, including works by Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Susan B. Anthony, and Sherman Alexie.The classwill rely heavily upon discussion of theintellectual movements that haveinfluenced the development and nature of modern higher education.

LTRS 3213 Shakespeare and Classical Myth (Coodin MW 1:30-2:45pm)
Gen-Ed: IVd, Letters categories: History or Literature

William Shakespeare turned to Classical mythology more frequently than any other set of source-materials (except the Bible) to fashion his plays. In this course, we will be exploring how and why Shakespeare turned to Greek and Roman myth and especially Ovid to shape some of his most celebrated dramatic works, including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Titus Andronicus. In this course you will delve into some of the major cultural developments in Renaissance England that motivated a return to Classical texts, such as Renaissance humanism and Henry VIII’s break with the Roman Catholic Church. We will also be thinking through how and to what ends Shakespeare not only takes up, but also transforms Classical stories in his plays, and rewrites them in order to question the nature of romantic love, the role and place of women, and the function of art, especially the social agency of theatre.

LTRS 3353 Interpreting the American Founding (Butterfield TR 1:30-2:45pm)
Gen-Ed: IVd, Letters Categories: History, Constitutional Studies: 2, 3

How did the challenges and the contests of the European settlement of the New World produce new and newly powerful ideas of rights? This course explores the historical, rather than the philosophical, origins of ideas that have since had world-changing consequences. We will examine how experiences more or less unique to the colonial Americas—the taking of Native lands; the extension of empire; race-based slavery; and unprecedented religious pluralism—prompted men and women to fashion new ideas about human rights.

LTRS 3510.002 Law and Social Movements (Schumaker TR 12:00-1:15pm)
Letters Category: History; Con. Studies Category: 4

This course examines the history of the interaction between the law and social movements in the United States from the Civil War to the present day. How has constitutional change shaped social movements? And have social movements, in turn, affected American law? Finally, how have conceptions of civil rights changed over time? We will approach these questions from several different angles, including the struggles for racial and gender equality and the histories of the Chicano, American Indian, and gay rights movements.

LTRS 3510.009 Constitutional Narratives (Porwancher TR 7:00-8:15pm)
Letters Category: History; Con. Studies Category: 3,4

Storytelling is central to the American Constitutional tradition. Lawyers craft narratives to make their cases. Journalists tell stories to help the public understand the law that governs our lives. And historians narrate the events that gave the words of the Constitution meaning. This course will explore the many ways that the art of narrative intersects with Constitutional history. Student will fashion their own narratives about major Constitutional episodes of their choosing.

LTRS 4503 Letters Capstone: The Idea of Justice (McClay MW 1:30-2:45pm)
Gen-Ed: V, Letters Categories: History, Literature, Philosophy


LTRS 4970 Tocqueville’s America (Butterfield TR 3:00-4:15pm)
Letters Category: History; Con. Studies Category: 3, 4

When the young Frenchmen Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont came to the United States in 1831, they were supposed to study its prisons and to report their findings to the French government. What they chose to do, instead, was much grander: they set out to understand the American people and the democracy they had created. This course will examine the nation that these two travelers encountered—its society, literature, politics, and culture—and will explore, in depth, the two towering literary productions of their expedition into America: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, one of the most important books on politics ever written; and Beaumont’s groundbreaking antislavery novel, Marie.