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Jane Chaplin

James I. Armstrong Professor of Classics

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CLAS 0131 / HIST 0131 - Archaic and Classical Greece      

Archaic and Classical Greece
A survey of Greek history from Homer to the Hellenistic period, based primarily on a close reading of ancient sources in translation. The course covers the emergence of the polis in the Dark Age, colonization and tyranny, the birth of democracy, the Persian Wars, the interdependence of democracy and Athenian imperialism, the Peloponnesian War, and the rise of Macedon. Authors read include Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plutarch, Xenophon, and the Greek orators. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

EUR HIS LIT

Fall 2010, Fall 2012

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CLAS 0132 / HIST 0132 - History of Rome      

History of Rome
This course will study Roman history from its origins to Constantine. Particular emphasis will be on the unique characteristics of Roman society, the rise and influence of imperialism, the transition from Republic to Empire, the role of Rome as a Mediterranean power, and the emergence of Christianity. Readings will focus on the ancient sources, all in translation; authors include Polybius, Plutarch, Tacitus, and Eusebius. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

EUR HIS LIT

Fall 2011, Fall 2013

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CLAS 0331 / HIST 0331 - Sparta And Athens      

Sparta and Athens
For over 200 years, Athens and Sparta were recognized as the most powerful Greek city-states, and yet one was a democracy (Athens), the other an oligarchy (Sparta). One promoted the free and open exchange of ideas (Athens); one tried to remain closed to outside influence (Sparta). This course studies the two city-states from the myths of their origins through their respective periods of hegemony to their decline as imperial powers. The goal is to understand the interaction between political success and intellectual and cultural development in ancient Greece. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

CMP EUR HIS LIT

Spring 2013

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CLAS 0332 / HIST 0332 - Roman Law      

Roman Law
The Romans' codification of civil law is often considered their greatest intellectual achievement and most original and influential contribution to the world. This course treats the four main divisions of Roman law (persons, property, obligations, and succession). Great emphasis is placed on the role of law in Roman society. How did the law influence the lives of Roman citizens living under it? How did ordinary Roman citizens shape the law? Students will come to understand the principles of Roman law through actual cases. Designed for students with some background in Roman history and/or literature. 2 hrs. lect./1 disc.

EUR HIS

Spring 2014

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CLAS 0337 / HIST 0337 - From Alexander to Rome      

From Alexander to Rome
At the age of 19, Alexander the Great set out to conquer the world. His successful domination of the eastern Mediterranean led to a new world order known as the Hellenistic Age. Under Alexander's successors, literature, art, and philosophy flourished, but a little more than a century later the Hellenistic Greeks found themselves on a collision course with Rome's expanding republic. This course will investigate the political and cultural history of the Greeks and Romans in this period and consider the forces that created the Graeco-Roman world. Readings include Arrian, the Alexandrian poets, Polybius, Livy, and Plutarch. (This course replaces CLAS/HIST 0338: The Hellenistic World and the Foundations of Graeco-Roman Culture.)

EUR HIS LIT

Spring 2011

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CLAS 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015

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CLAS 0505 - Ind Senior Project      

(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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CLAS 0700 - Sr Essay Classics/Cy      

Senior Essay for Classics/Classical Studies Majors
(Approval required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015

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GREK 0302 - Readings in Greek Lit II      

Readings in Greek Literature II
Readings in major authors. (formerly CLAS 0304) 3 hrs. lect.

LIT LNG

Spring 2012

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HIST 0500 - Special Research Projects      

Special research projects during the junior year may be used to fulfill the research seminar requirements in some cases. Approval of department chair and project advisor is required.

Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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HIST 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

The History Senior Thesis is required of all majors. It is written over two terms, with the final grade applying to both terms. The project is generally begun in the fall and completed during winter or spring. Approval is required to begin the thesis in winter or spring, and such students must still attend the Thesis Writer's Workshops that take place in fall and winter.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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INDE 0500 - Independent Project      
LATN 0201 - Intermediate Latin: Prose      

Intermediate Latin: Prose
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect.

EUR LNG

Fall 2011, Fall 2013

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LATN 0301 - Readings in Latin Literature I      

Readings in Latin Literature I: Roman Epic and Empire
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect.

LIT LNG

Fall 2010

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LATN 0302 - Readings Latin Literature II      

Readings in Latin Literature II: Roman Satire*
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect.

Spring 2011, Spring 2013

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LATN 0401 - Advanced Readings in Latin I      

Advanced Readings in Latin I
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2010

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Teaching Profile

The teaching of Greek and Latin is shared by all faculty in the Classics Department. The courses I have taught this century are

Greek 101 (intensive beginning course in Winter Term using Hansen and Quinn)

Greek 201 (Herodotus Book 1 using Barbour)

Latin 201 (Livy Book 1 and Virgil Aeneid 8; Livy Book 5)

Latin 301 (Livy; Livy Book 39 and Tacitus Annals 15)

Latin 302 (Lucretius Book 5 and Virgil Georgics 4)

Latin 402 (Cicero and Sallust; Lucretius Books 1 and 5)

Latin 501 (Livy Book 21)

Latin 502 (Sallust and Livy; Horace and Juvenal)

The ancient history courses alternate from year to year between Greek and Roman.Typically an introductory course is given in the fall (Classics/History 131 is Archaic and Classical Greece; Classics/History 132 is Roman History), and a topics course in the spring: Classics/History 331 (Sparta and Athens); Classics/History 332 (Roman Law); Classics/History 337 (From Greece to Rome). The emphasis in all these courses is on working from ancient sources.

For First-Year Seminars, my preference is to ask a ‘big’ question (How is history written?Is it possible to learn from the past?How does writing history shape the past?) and to approach it through a specific author, text, or problem.

I supervise independent work for both Classics and history majors.Topics have included the coinage of Vespasian, Sextus Pompeius, Alexander the Great, Herodotean and Thucydidean historiography, translating Juvenal, and Augustus’ manipulation of the law of persons.

Research Profile

My primary interest and area of specialization is Roman historiography. All my published work has dealt with Livy.Most recently I have written an article on the Periochae, the surviving summaries of all but two of 142 books of the Ab Urbe Condita. My current interests revolve around intertextuality in the classical historians, and in particular how textual repetition intersects with actual repetition.