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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Charles Oughton

Assistant Instructor

Contact

  • Office: WAG 207
  • Office Hours: M 1-2, W 12-1, and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: C3400

Interests

Greek and Latin Historiography, Latin Biography, Roman Republican and Greek Classical History

AHC 325 • Enemy Figures Of Greece/Rome

32039 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 112
(also listed as C C 348 )
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How did ancient Greek and Roman authors portray their enemies? What lessons can we learn from the characterizations of adversaries and the discourses about opponents that we find in the writings of ancient poets and historians? Do the fables and legends surrounding formidable foes change over time? Are there traditional depictions of enemy figures or themes concerning adversaries that are still in use today? This course examines the treatment, characterization, and reception of enemy figures in Ancient Greece and Rome. We will read various primary texts—ranging from epic and historiography to drama and oratory—to explore how these ancient authors perceived of their foes. While the focus of the class will be on military adversaries—both foreign and domestic—we will also consider enemies in the broadest sense, including cultural, personal, and intellectual opponents.

This course will not simply be a survey of notable ancient enemies. We will instead work thematically and generically through depictions of various types of adversaries that appear in histories, epic, and drama. We will encounter, analyze, compare, and contrast the various means of portraying one’s enemies that become evident in these texts. We will see, among others, the valorous adversary in Homer’s Hector, the formidable opponent in Livy’s Hannibal, the degenerate morals of Sallust’s Catiline, and the indiscriminate and discriminatory “othering” of entire cultures in ancient ethnographies.

Above all else, we will try to gain an understanding of the range of options available to ancient authors to characterize and target their enemies. As we do so, we will also gain insight into the discursive traditions still used to portray enemies—military, political, and personal—today. To succeed in this class, you will need to complete the daily reading assignments diligently and participate enthusiastically in classroom discussion. The reward, however, will be well worth the effort, as students who apply themselves to the course with dynamism will both find new ways of examining these ancient texts and have a better understanding of the depiction of enemies that they encounter on a regular basis in the modern world.

Texts:

  • Homer and Fagles (trans.), Iliad (Penguin 1991 or 1998). ISBN 0140275363
  • Herodotus and Strassler (ed.), The Landmark Herodotus (Anchor, 2009). ISBN 1400031141
  • Livy and Yardley (trans.), Hannibal’s War--Books 21-30 (Oxford 2009). ISBN 0199555974
  • Sallust and Batstone (trans.), Catiline’s Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories (Oxford 2010). ISBN 0192823450
  • Plautus and Richlin (trans.), Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus (UC Press 2005). ISBN 0520242750
  • Tacitus and Birley (trans.), Agricola and Germany (Oxford 2009). ISBN 019953926X
  • Other readings (including translations of smaller selections of primary texts and secondary scholarship) will be posted and available on the course website.

Grading:

Grades will be calculated as follows: in-class participation and attendance (5%); quizzes and “3-Minute Papers” (10% total); short written responses to biweekly reading questions (best 5 papers = 15%); a final term paper on a topic of your choice related to the theme of the course (20%); two midterm exams (15% each, 30% total); and a cumulative final exam (20%). The exams will include short IDs of terms and concepts, passage IDs, and essays and will primarily assess your ability 1) to identify, provide the context of, and discuss the significance of passages from our reading texts, and 2) to synthesize a coherent argument in response to essay questions based on passages and topics discussed in class.

C C 348 • Enemy Figures Of Greece/Rome

32214 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 112
(also listed as AHC 325 )
show description

How did ancient Greek and Roman authors portray their enemies? What lessons can we learn from the characterizations of adversaries and the discourses about opponents that we find in the writings of ancient poets and historians? Do the fables and legends surrounding formidable foes change over time? Are there traditional depictions of enemy figures or themes concerning adversaries that are still in use today? This course examines the treatment, characterization, and reception of enemy figures in Ancient Greece and Rome. We will read various primary texts—ranging from epic and historiography to drama and oratory—to explore how these ancient authors perceived of their foes. While the focus of the class will be on military adversaries—both foreign and domestic—we will also consider enemies in the broadest sense, including cultural, personal, and intellectual opponents.

This course will not simply be a survey of notable ancient enemies. We will instead work thematically and generically through depictions of various types of adversaries that appear in histories, epic, and drama. We will encounter, analyze, compare, and contrast the various means of portraying one’s enemies that become evident in these texts. We will see, among others, the valorous adversary in Homer’s Hector, the formidable opponent in Livy’s Hannibal, the degenerate morals of Sallust’s Catiline, and the indiscriminate and discriminatory “othering” of entire cultures in ancient ethnographies.

Above all else, we will try to gain an understanding of the range of options available to ancient authors to characterize and target their enemies. As we do so, we will also gain insight into the discursive traditions still used to portray enemies—military, political, and personal—today. To succeed in this class, you will need to complete the daily reading assignments diligently and participate enthusiastically in classroom discussion. The reward, however, will be well worth the effort, as students who apply themselves to the course with dynamism will both find new ways of examining these ancient texts and have a better understanding of the depiction of enemies that they encounter on a regular basis in the modern world.

Texts:

  • Homer and Fagles (trans.), Iliad (Penguin 1991 or 1998). ISBN 0140275363
  • Herodotus and Strassler (ed.), The Landmark Herodotus (Anchor, 2009). ISBN 1400031141
  • Livy and Yardley (trans.), Hannibal’s War--Books 21-30 (Oxford 2009). ISBN 0199555974
  • Sallust and Batstone (trans.), Catiline’s Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories (Oxford 2010). ISBN 0192823450
  • Plautus and Richlin (trans.), Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus (UC Press 2005). ISBN 0520242750
  • Tacitus and Birley (trans.), Agricola and Germany (Oxford 2009). ISBN 019953926X
  • Other readings (including translations of smaller selections of primary texts and secondary scholarship) will be posted and available on the course website.

Grading:

Grades will be calculated as follows: in-class participation and attendance (5%); quizzes and “3-Minute Papers” (10% total); short written responses to biweekly reading questions (best 5 papers = 15%); a final term paper on a topic of your choice related to the theme of the course (20%); two midterm exams (15% each, 30% total); and a cumulative final exam (20%). The exams will include short IDs of terms and concepts, passage IDs, and essays and will primarily assess your ability 1) to identify, provide the context of, and discuss the significance of passages from our reading texts, and 2) to synthesize a coherent argument in response to essay questions based on passages and topics discussed in class.

LAT 312K • Intermediate Latin II

32775 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm WAG 208
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This course is a complement to Latin 311 and is the final course in the beginning-intermediate Latin sequence.  In Latin 312, students will read selections from Vergil’s Aeneid.   The aim of the class is to develop students’ Latin reading and comprehension skills through careful translation of assigned and unseen passages; to review the basic morphology and syntax learned in Latin 506 and Latin 507 while introducing students to new forms and syntax as they arise; to enhance command of Latin vocabulary, including poetic diction; to introduce students to the literary and historical context of Vergil’s Aeneid; and to teach students the basic features of Latin meter.

Class time will be devoted to the translation of assigned Latin passages, ranging from 8-10 lines early in the semester to about 30 lines by the end of the semester.  Students will be expected to identify and explain the morphology and syntax of the assigned Latin.  They will be expected to be able to scan a dactylic hexameter and will practice scansion in class throughout the semester.  There will also be regular class discussions of the historical context and literary features of Vergil’s poem.  Students should expect homework assignments for each class meeting as well as regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam.  

Latin 312 fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 322.

The completion of 311 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 312

 

Textbooks

Pharr, Aeneid Books I-VI, 1st ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 1998).  ISBN 978-0-86516-421-5

Bennett, New Latin Grammar, 1st ed.,  (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2000).  ISBN 978-0-86516-262-7

LAT 311 • Intermediate Latin I

33675 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm WAG 308
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This course is a continuation of Latin 507 (or 601C).  In Latin 311, students read Book 3 of Caesar’s Civil War.   The aim of the course is to develop students’ Latin reading and comprehension skills through careful translation of assigned and unseen passages; to review the basic morphology and syntax learned in Latin 506 and 507 while introducing students to new forms and syntax as they arise; to build command of basic Latin vocabulary; and to introduce students to the literary and historical context of Caesar’s narrative.

Class time will be devoted to the translation of assigned Latin passages, ranging from 8-10 lines early in the semester to about 25 lines by the end of the semester.  Students will be expected to identify and explain the morphology and syntax of assigned readings.  There will also be regular class discussions of the historical context and literary features of Caesar’s narrative.  Students should expect homework assignments for each class meeting as well as regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

Latin 311 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement.  A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 312.

The completion of Latin 507 or 601C with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 311.

 

Textbooks

Kennedy, Caesar: De Bello Civile III, 1st ed. (Bristol, 2002).  ISBN 185399636X

Bennett, New Latin Grammar, 1st ed.,  (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2000).  ISBN 978-0-86516-262-7

Traupman, New College Latin and English Dictionary, 3rd ed. (Bantam, 2007)  ISBN 978-0-553-59012-8

GK W412 • Intensive Greek

82365 • Summer 2014
Meets
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For over thirty-three years, Intensive Summer Greek at UT Austin has been giving students of diverse backgrounds and interests a rapid and deep understanding of the structure of the Greek language and a love of Greek prose and poetry.  You need have no previous knowledge of Greek. If you have had a semester or two or more, the special approach in this  course will strengthen your grasp of how Greek works and why it is so subtle a vehicle for conveying ideas.

You will use *Lexis*, a unique textbook and reader designed by the late Gareth Morgan.  All of its exercises are based on full passages of real, unaltered and unabbreviated Classical Greek.  First readings of Ionic Greek will make you aware of word formation, and that knowledge will enable you to acquire vocabulary quickly.  Ionic Greek also is a main component of the Homeric dialect.  Once you learn it, you can move easily forward to standard Attic authors and Biblical Greek and backward to Greek epic verse.

You will not read one dreary practice sentence made up in clever desperation or desperate ingenuity.  By the sixth day, you will be reading continuous pure Herodotus.  All students who successfully complete the course will be well prepared for sophomore level classes and dedicated students from past intensive courses have been able to go into classes at higher levels.  Students of other subjects have used Greek right away to enrich and inform their studies.

Students must register for both GK W804 and W412.  The course runs through both summer sessions.  It meets for five hours each day for about fifty class days, and, if satisfactorily completed, counts for 12 semester hours. Classes working under these language-saturation conditions have achieved an enthusiasm and spirit conducive to an unusually rich learning experience.   Usually, in the second half, besides ample grammar review, we read Homer's Odyssey IX, Euripides' Medea, Plato's Apology, and some supplementary readings handed out in class.

James Patterson and Chuck Oughton are veterans at teaching Greek according to the Lexis method.  Teaching assistants are chosen for their excellence at Greek and their skills as instructors.   Outside of class we have informal play and poetry readings. Come join us.

LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I

33535 • Spring 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1200pm-100pm SZB 278
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This course is an introduction to Latin, the language of ancient Rome and famous writers like Caesar, Cicero, Vergil, and St. Augustine. Latin is also an excellent way to improve your command of other languages: Latin is the source of over 60% of English vocabulary, and also the ancestor of all the “Romance” languages of Europe, including French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Latin 506 introduces basic grammar and vocabulary in an interesting and challenging format, through reading selections from a wide range of Roman authors and exploring aspects of Roman life and culture.  By the end of the semester, students are reading excerpts from famous works and ready to continue into Latin 507.

The course covers chapters 1-27 of Wheelock’s Latin and also selected readings from 38 Latin Stories. There will be daily assignments, regular quizzes, midterm tests, and a final exam.

Prerequisites: None. Note: This course may not be counted by students offering two or more admission units or any previous college credit in Latin.  

Latin 506 may be counted as partially fulfilling the foreign language requirement, or the General Culture requirement, or as an elective. 

Requirements: Class participation, homework, quizzes, midterm tests, and  a final exam.

Students earning a C or better may advance to Latin 507: First-Year Latin II, where they will read selections from Caesar and other authors. 

 

Texts:

Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin (Harper 6h edition)

Groton & May, 38 Latin Stories (Bolchazy)

Corneau & LeFleur, Workbook to Wheelock's Latin (Harper) optional

Goldman & Szymanski, English Grammar for Students of Latin (Olivia & Hill) (optional)

LAT 311 • Intermediate Latin I

33430 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am PAR 103
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This course is a continuation of Latin 507 (or 601C).  In Latin 311, students read Book 3 of Caesar’s Civil War.   The aim of the course is to develop students’ Latin reading and comprehension skills through careful translation of assigned and unseen passages; to review the basic morphology and syntax learned in Latin 506 and 507 while introducing students to new forms and syntax as they arise; to build command of basic Latin vocabulary; and to introduce students to the literary and historical context of Caesar’s narrative.

Class time will be devoted to the translation of assigned Latin passages, ranging from 8-10 lines early in the semester to about 25 lines by the end of the semester.  Students will be expected to identify and explain the morphology and syntax of assigned readings.  There will also be regular class discussions of the historical context and literary features of Caesar’s narrative.  Students should expect homework assignments for each class meeting as well as regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

Latin 311 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement.  A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 312. 

The completion of Latin 507 or 601C with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 311.

Textbooks

Kennedy, Caesar: De Bello Civile III, 1st ed. (Bristol, 2002).  ISBN 185399636X

Bennett, New Latin Grammar, 1st ed.,  (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2000).  ISBN 978-0-86516-262-7

Traupman, New College Latin and English Dictionary, 3rd ed. (Bantam, 2007)  ISBN 978-0-553-

59012-8

LAT 507 • First-Year Latin II

33405 • Spring 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1100am WAG 10
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This course is the second half of a two-semester introduction to the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin.  Translating passages from ancient writers also introduces students to fundamental features of Roman culture. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to reproduce paradigms of all Latin noun, adjective, adverb, and verb forms; to parse and explain the function of Latin words in context; to demonstrate fluency in basic Latin syntax and a growing vocabulary; to master standard pronunciation of Latin; and to translate accurately from Latin into English. In the latter part of the semester, students read selections from the writings of Julius Caesar in the original Latin.

Class time will be devoted to the introduction of new material, reviewing assigned homework, and practice exercises.  Students should expect daily homework assignments and regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; three midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

Latin 507 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 311. 

The completion of Latin 506 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 507. Students who have recently had more than two years of high school Latin, or more than two semesters of college Latin should normally take Latin 311.

Textbooks

Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 7th ed. (Harper Collins, 2011).  ISBN 978-0-06-199722-8

English and Irby, A Little Latin Reader, 1st ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  ISBN 978-0-19-984622-1

Groton, Thirty-Eight Latin Stories, 5th ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 1995).  ISBN 978-0-86516-289-1

Comeau and LaFleur, Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin, 3rd ed. Rev. (Harper Collins, 2005).  ISBN

0-006-095642-9

Tatum, A Caesar Reader, 1st ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 2012).  ISBN 978-0-86516-696-7

LAT 507 • First-Year Latin II

33300 • Fall 2011
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1100am WAG 10
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This course is a continuation of Latin 506.  It has two main aims:  to increase the student's fluency in Latin through reading and close examination of grammar and syntax, and to introduce students to Roman life and culture.

There will be daily assignments from Wheelock’s Latin, including review of Chapters 1-27 and a careful study of Chapters 27-40.  This will be supplemented by further connected readings from Caesar’s Gallic Wars. 

Prerequisites:  Completion of Latin 506 or the equivalent with a grade of C or higher. 

Latin 507 may be counted as partially fulfilling the foreign language requirement, or the General Culture requirement, or as an elective. 

Requirements: Class participation, quizzes, midterm tests, and a final exam.

Texts:

Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin  6th edition (Harper Collins)

Groton & May, 38 Latin Stories  (Bolchazy)

Caesar's Invasion of Britain (Bolchazy)

Goldman & Szymanski, English Grammar for Students of Latin (Olivia & Hill) (optional)

Students earning a C or better may advance to Intermediate Latin (Latin 311 and 312), where they will read selections from Vergil, Cicero, and other authors

LAT S507 • First-Year Latin II

83005 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am WAG 112
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This course is a continuation of Latin 506.  It has two aims:  to increase the student's fluency in Latin through reading connected passages and close examination of grammar and syntax.

 

There will be daily assignments from the Wheelock text consisting of some review of Chapters 1-25 and a careful study of Chapters 26-40.  This will be supplemented by further connected readings from Apuleius' Cupid and Psyche. 

 

Texts:

Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin  6th edition (Harper Collins)

Groton & May, 38 Latin Stories  (Bolchazy)

Balme & Morwood, Cupid and Psyche  (Oxford U. P.)

 

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