Jane Chaplin

James I. Armstrong Professor of Classics

 Monday 2:45-4:15 and Thursday 2:30-4:00
 Twilight Hall 211

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CLAS0131 / HIST0131 - 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 2012, Fall 2015

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CLAS0132 / HIST0132 - History of Rome      

History of Rome
This course is an introductory survey of Roman history, from the emergence of the Republic to the influence of Rome on the western world. In the first half of the course we will study the origins of Rome's rise to dominance, the conquest of the Mediterranean and its effect on Roman society, and the crumbling of political structures under the weight of imperial expansion. In the second half, we will study the empire more broadly, starting with the emperors and moving out to the daily lives of people around the Mediterranean. The course will end with the importance of Rome for the Founding Fathers. We will read from authors including Polybius, Plutarch, Appian, Caesar, Suetonius, Tacitus, Juvenal, and Pliny. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. EUR HIS LIT

Fall 2013, Fall 2016

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CLAS0331 / HIST0331 - 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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CLAS0332 / HIST0332 - 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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CLAS0337 / HIST0337 - 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 2016

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CLAS0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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CLAS0505 - Ind Senior Project      

(Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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CLAS0700 - Sr Essay Classics/Cy      

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

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017

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FYSE1294 - Making History      

Making History
History is ‘made’ as much by those who write about events as by those who cause and experience them. In this course we will focus on Alexander the Great to consider how people make past events meaningful for themselves in their own historical circumstances.  Using Paul Cohen’s History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth, we will consider how Alexander figures as an event, an experience, and a myth in the ancient world.  Authors including Arrian, Plutarch, and Curtius Rufus will allow us to study how Greeks and Romans explained and emulated Alexander. 3 hrs. sem. CW EUR HIS

Spring 2017

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GREK0101 - Beginning Greek      

Beginning Greek I
This course is a rapid and intensive introduction to classical Greek for beginners. The aim of the course is to prepare students to read the major authors of Greek literature. In addition to a systematic study of grammar and syntax, we will also read excerpts from a variety of ancient authors. LNG WTR

Winter 2016

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GREK0302 - Readings in Greek Lit II      

Readings in Greek Literature II
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect. LIT LNG

Spring 2016

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HIST0500 - 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.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

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HIST0700 - 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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LATN0102 - Beginning Latin II      

Beginning Latin II
This course is a continuation of the introductory winter term course (LATN 0101). After completing the fundamentals of Latin grammar, students translate selections from authors such as Cicero and Ovid. 3 hrs. lect. LNG

Spring 2017

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LATN0110 - Introduction to College Latin      

Introduction to College Latin
This course is designed for students with one to four years of high school Latin who are interested in continuing their study of the language. The course combines review of grammar and practice in translation; the aim is to improve reading skills and understanding of the language. Students may expect to join a 0200- or 0300-level Latin course the following spring. We will use both a textbook and readings from authors such as Cicero and Livy. (Prerequisites: Students should have had some formal study of Latin and should consult with the instructor during orientation week or the first week of classes to determine whether or not the class is at the appropriate level.) 3 hrs. lect. EUR LNG

Fall 2015

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LATN0201 - Intermediate Latin: Prose      

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

Fall 2013

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LATN0301 - Readings in Latin Literature I      

Readings in Latin Literature I
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect. LIT LNG

Fall 2016

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LATN0302 - Readings Latin Literature II      

Readings in Latin Literature II: Vergil’s Aeneid*
Readings in major authors. 3 hrs. lect.

Spring 2013

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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.

Eve Adler Department of Classics

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