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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

CAMS 001 (GH) Greek and Roman Literature (3) Selected readings within a chronological and thematic context of significant and influential masterworks of Greece and Rome.

CAMS 001 Greek and Roman Literature (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course provides an introduction to the most important literary genres of Greek and Roman literature, which form the basis for Western literature. Content and emphasis may vary each time the course is offered, depending on whether the syllabus concentrates on Greek literature, Roman literature, or a combination of the two. Typically the course surveys Greek or Roman literature or examines a general topic in greater depth such as "Homer and the Tragic Vision," "Greek and Roman Drama," "Greek and Roman Epic," "Greek and Roman Prose," or "Love in Roman Literature." The course's primary objective is to promote an understanding of major literary themes and rhetorical conventions, especially within ancient Mediterranean contexts (literary, social, or historical). Students will learn how to read texts critically, by gathering information and developing methods of interpretation. They will become familiar with the different cultural assumptions that underpin ancient Greece and Rome. And they will be asked to demonstrate their newly acquired understanding of Greek and Roman literature through a variety of exercises, which aim to develop their skills in writing and speaking. Evaluation methods may take the form of periodic quizzing or testing, with an emphasis on writing coherent short paragraph answers and longer essays; additionally, students may be evaluated through oral presentations, classroom discussion or participation, the writing of short to medium length papers (1-7 pp.), and group projects that aim at collaborative learning. CAMS 001 is an introductory course that may be credited toward every Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies major, option, and minor. CAMS 001 is also a General Education course in the Humanities (GH).

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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