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

Karl Galinsky

Professor Ph.D., Princeton

Professor: Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor, University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Karl Galinsky
" Si descanso me oxido. "

Contact

  • Phone: 471-8504
  • Office: WAG 215
  • Office Hours: TTH 12:30 - 1:30, 3:30 - 4 and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: C 3400

Biography

FieldsRoman Literature and Civilization, Memory studies, Rome and America

 

 

 

 

 

Interests

Roman Literature and Civilization; Cultural Memory in Ancient Rome; Classical Tradition in Popular Culture

C C 304C • Greece/Rome: Film & Reality

32355 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 201
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Ancient Greece and Rome continue to exist not simply in museums and documentaries but in creative imagination, whether literature, music, the arts, and, since the 20th century, film.  Why? Issues, events, and personalities from the ancient world resonate with ours.  We will analyze and discuss adaptations of Greece and Rome in the cinema in that light (and not to compile a petty list of “mistakes” for each movie).  Our starting point will be a solid grounding in the historical and source material - e.g., what do we know about Trojan War (or the Spartans or Hercules or Julius Caesar) and how?  Then we’ll put ourselves in the roles of the screenwriter and producer: how to select from this material and adapt it so it will appeal to a modern audience (and make money).  What are the limits, what is “authenticity”?  What aspects of these events and the mythological/historical characters were already debated in antiquity?  We are keeping the enrollment to 75 so we can have live and informed discussions every week.

For the 2012 version of the course, which will be updated, see http://www.utexas.edu/courses/ancientfilmCC304/lectures_2012.html

GRADING:

Four exams, emphasis on essays and critical thinking.  Additional individual quality projects are encouraged (i.e. not as substitutes for a blown exam).

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • R. Morkot, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (1996)
  • Homer, The Odyssey, trans. R. Fitzgerald (Farrar/Straus 1998)
  • A. Kamm, The Romans, 2nd ed. (Routledge 2008)
  • W.  Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (Folger Library ed., 2005)

There'll be two course packets, one on the Greek portion of the course, and the other on the Roman.

This course carries a Global Cultures flag.

LAT 390 • Vergil

32850 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WAG 10
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Vergil’s Aeneid is one of the most multidimensional and layered texts from classical antiquity, engendering a similarly rich reception history - suus cuique Vergilius!  We will look at many of these aspects: historical setting, Vergil’s many innovations in both poetic technique and content, relation to Augustan culture incl. art and architecture, the Aeneid as a (re)construction of Roman cultural memory, and some antique and modern receptions and interpretive trends.  The overall goal, however, in light of the overdue return to a more reasonable length of graduate study, is not to cover even every major aspect of the epic but to use the Aeneid and its many facets as an example of how to open up and carry out research in Roman literature.  Once you do it for this author you should be able to do it for others - on your own. 

GRADING etc.

Emphasis on informed class participation and discussion; reports and one substantial research paper.  3 translation exams, covering 4 books of the Aeneid each.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Vergil OCT (Mynors)

R.D. Williams, ed., The Aeneid of Virgil, Books 1-6, and Books 7-12

 

LAT 323 • Images Of Augustus

33695 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am WAG 112
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2014 marks the 2,000th anniversary of Augustus’ death.  Love him or hate him (or anything in between), his impact was monumental and shaped Rome, its empire, and culture for centuries to come—not bad for someone who was thrust onto the stage of history before he had time to take his SAT.  A remarkable individual and career, and reactions to him, therefore, were just multi-dimensional as Roman civilization at the time: Augustus was a rich subject for contemporary and later writers.  We’ll use selections from several of these—Livy, Horace, Vergil, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Ovid, to mention only a few—along with inscriptions, incl. the longest one of them all, his Res Gestae.  The course, then, will be good for expanding both your Latin and historical horizons.

Books and readings will include:

A.E. Cooley, Res Gestae Divi Augusti (Cambridge 2009)

K. Galinsky, Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor (Cambridge 2012)

Course packet with selections from various authors

LAT 365 • Tacitus

33702 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 112
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LAT 365 Seminar in Latin:

Critical study of authors such as Horace, Livy, Lucretius, and Tacitus.

Prerequisites: Latin 323 with a grade of at least C.

This course carries Writing and Independent Inquiry flags

C C 301 • Introduction To Ancient Greece

33580 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm ART 1.102
(also listed as CTI 310 )
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The course will survey the highlights of Greek civilization and follow the basic format that was revamped last year:

http://www.utexas.edu/courses/introtogreece/cc301/

LAT 324 • Adv Latin Grammar & Compositn

34055 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WAG 112
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This course will provide an intensive review of Latin grammar, morphology and syntax as well as an introduction to the fundamental elements of Latin prose style across a range of genres and periods.  It will be assumed that the student has a good, general grasp of Latin syntax and morphology.  Students registered for Latin 324 must have taken AT LEAST 4 semesters of Latin and, preferably, also at least one upper division Latin prose course at the University of Texas.  Please note that this course will be extremely challenging if you have no experience in reading extended passages of Latin prose.  No previous experience in prose composition is necessary for success in this course; you must, however, be willing to attend class regularly, participate, and prepare the assigned compositions and readings if you expect to do well.   Class meetings will be devoted to discussions of Latin grammar, syntax, and style; review of weekly assignments; and the close reading of extended prose passages.

C C 348 • Values/Leader In Ancient World

33330 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 0.128
(also listed as CTI 375 )
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Before Flags were instituted at UT, I offered a course on “Leadership and Values in Greece and Rome” several times.

Course objective: discussion of some major Greco-Roman texts from the perspective of leadership and values. I’ll retool the course to meet the requirement that "at least one-third of the course grade must be based on work in practical ethics, i.e., the study of what is involved in making real-life ethical choices."We’ll connect this with the ancient readings, e.g., with reference to Homer: Hector’s dilemma and modern analogies; mass destruction of civilians and the concept of the just war; contingent truths and veracity in everyday life (Odysseus).  Further, the Ajax dilemma (Paul Woodruff’s book); ethics in government (Plato [and “the noble lie”]).  Aeneid:  conflict between the pursuit of happiness and responsibility to a larger group; the ethics of ending a personal relationship (Dido/Aeneas).  Plus the old conundrums of Antigone and Socrates’ trial, and more.  No shortage of material and modern applications, definitely.

Texts:

James M. Burns, Leadership (1978)

Homer, Iliad (transl. R. Fagles)

Plato, Republic (transl. B. Jowett)

Thucydides (transl. R. Warner)

Cicero, Republic and Laws (transl. N. Rudd)

Augustus, Res Gestae (ed. by A. Cooley)

Vergil, Aeneid (transl. R. Fitzgerald)

Selections from P. Woodruff, The Ajax Dilemma (2011)

Grading:

There will be two writing assignments of some 5,000 words each (approx. 10 pages, double-spaced, standard margins).  Students will be required to hand in a draft ahead of time; the draft will NOT count as a separate writing activity. 35% writing assignments; 25% class participation; 40% exams midterm and final

LAT 365 • Aeneid

33723 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 112
(also listed as LAT 385 )
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Our focus will be the second half of Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 7-12 on Aeneas’ war in Italy, which highlight conflict and the poem’s historical context. For various reasons, this half of the Aeneid, which Vergil programmatically calls the “greater opus” (maius opus), is widely neglected.  Scholarship of late has begun to fill that gap and we will evaluate several approaches to the thematics of the poem’s second half.  Besides translating, we will survey and discuss relevant international scholarship.  Emphasis on informed class discussion, reports, and a research paper. 

LAT 385: same as 365, with additional primary and secondary readings.

Texts:

Virgil, R.D. Williams, ed.  The Aeneid of Virgil: Books 7-12 (St. Martin’s)

Course reader with selections from K.W. Gransden, Virgil, Aeneid, Book VIII (Cambridge 1976); P. Hardie, Virgil Aeneid Book IX (Cambridge 1994); S.J. Harrison, Virgil, Aeneid 10 (Oxford 1991); R. Tarrant, Virgil, Aeneid XII (Cambridge 2012); K. Galinsky, Augustan Culture (Princeton 1996)l; and others

LAT 385 • Aeneid

33755 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am WAG 112
(also listed as LAT 365 )
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Our focus will be the second half of Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 7-12 on Aeneas’ war in Italy, which highlight conflict and the poem’s historical context. For various reasons, this half of the Aeneid, which Vergil programmatically calls the “greater opus” (maius opus), is widely neglected.  Scholarship of late has begun to fill that gap and we will evaluate several approaches to the thematics of the poem’s second half.  Besides translating, we will survey and discuss relevant international scholarship.  Emphasis on informed class discussion, reports, and a research paper. 

LAT 385: same as 365, with additional primary and secondary readings.

Texts:

Virgil, R.D. Williams, ed.  The Aeneid of Virgil: Books 7-12 (St. Martin’s)

Course reader with selections from K.W. Gransden, Virgil, Aeneid, Book VIII (Cambridge 1976); P. Hardie, Virgil Aeneid Book IX (Cambridge 1994); S.J. Harrison, Virgil, Aeneid 10 (Oxford 1991); R. Tarrant, Virgil, Aeneid XII (Cambridge 2012); K. Galinsky, Augustan Culture (Princeton 1996)l; and others

C C 301 • Introduction To Ancient Greece

33120 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm ART 1.102
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The course is a survey of the highlights of Greek civilization from Homer to the time of Alexander.  We'll look at the various components that comprise Greek culture:  historical and political developments, literature (the Odyssey, some lyric poetry [e.g. Sappho], and tragedies like Aeschylus' Oresteia and Sophocles' Oedipus plays), the arts, architecture, religion, and thought (e.g. Plato's Republic).  This was a lively civilization that changed and interacted greatly with others, such as the ancient near east.  The Greeks are a model not because they were perfect and wonderful, but because they tried to come to grips with and define many political and human issues that are still with us today:  the nature of heroism, the justice or injustice of the world, the proper relation between individual and society, the experiment with democracy, the "classical" style in the arts and architecture, and much more.  The course carries a global flag.   Four exams (50% essay, 50% multiple choice); no final.  There will be review sessions before each test.   Texts: Amos & Lang, These Were the Greeks Homer, Odyssey.  Transl. Fitzgerald (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Aeschylus, Oresteia  (Penguin) Euripides, Grene, ed. Euripides V  (U of Chicago) Sophocles, Grene, ed.  Sophocles I  (U of Chicago) Aristophanes, Parker, tr.  Lysistrata  (Signet Classics) Plato, Rouse, tr.  Republic  (Signet Classics)

LAT 323 • Elegy

33595 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 1.134
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Love elegy was a lively and unique form of Roman poetry that reached its high point in the Augustan age. We will look briefly at its antecedents (Catullus), try to assess the role of Cornelius Gallus, and mostly concentrate on the principal Augustan elegists: Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid (including some elegiac stories from the Metamorphoses). What kind of topics do they start out with, how does their poetry evolve, and are there gender roles in their poetry--these are some of the questions we'll pursue by studying specific and representative poems.

TEXTS: Course Packet S. J. Heyworth and J. Morwood, A Commentary on Propertius, Book 3 (Oxford 2011) P. Murgatroyd, ed., Ovid with Love.  Selections from Ars Amatoria Books 1 and 2 (Chicago 1982)

C C 304C • Greece/Rome: Film And Reality

33045 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WEL 2.308
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The course is a survey of some key events and personalities of ancient Greece and Rome and of their treatment in major European and American films. The weekly movies, which can be accessed on Netflix,  iTunes, etc., will be an integral part of the course. But the emphasis will vary: some will play a larger role in our discussions (half of the Thursday class time is reserved for those) and others will be supplementary to our studying a given period of Greek and Roman history. In neither scenario will the focus be on what the movie did "wrong" and on a laborious list of inaccuracies--these films are not documentaries, but creative adaptations for entertainment. Still, we'll analyze what leads movie producers time and again to return to classical themes (incl. early Christianity), what their slants and intentions are, and what particular challenges these subjects present. The fact is that movies are playing a large role in providing most of the contact many folks have with the ancient world. It's always good to know more about the historical background and what the story really was, and that is much of what this course is about.

This course carries a Global Cultures flag.

LAT 383 • Age Of Augustus

33479 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 10
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The seminar will be a synoptic study of the main components of Augustan culture:  political and social history, the arts and architecture, literature, and religion.  Overcoming traditional compartmentalizations will be one goal.  Another, related one, is to get away from the schematic concepts and dichotomies that have commonly been applied to the Augustan age.  Despite some nonpareil recent scholarship on the period, there "is still work to be done" (R. Syme). The issues are complex and will require competent research.  A good working knowledge, therefore, of a least one modern language will be the sine qua non for any participants.  Emphasis will be on informed discussion, articulate reports, and a solid paper.  Subjects covered will depend to some extent on the interests of the members of the seminar.  No auditors. Texts: R. Syme, The Roman Revolution P. Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus K. Galinsky, Augustan Culture A.E. Cooley, ed.,  Res Gestae Divi Augusti OCT's of Vergil, Horace, Course Packet

 

Cross-listed with C C 383 

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

33275 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WEL 1.316
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The course is a survey of some of the highlights of Roman civilization
from its 8th cent. B.C. beginnings to the so called Fall of the Roman
Empire in A.D. 476.  We will look not only at political history, but
also at art, literature, architecture, and religion, and we'll pursue
some continuing questions such as: What caused Rome's growth?  How were
the Romans able to develop a lasting and stable system of government,
which the framers of the American Constitution had very much in mind?
Rome, like America, was a mix of different cultures and yet maintained
unity in all the diversity--e pluribus unum  indeed.  What are some of
the other parallels between the Roman and the American experience and
what are the limits of such analogies?  In addition, we'll look at the
genesis of early Christianity within the Roman cultural context of the
times.  In so many words, besides acquainting students with a solid
factual basis for Roman history, the course will also identify some of
the abiding issues that have made Roman civilization such a fascinating
subject for imitation, admiration, loathing, and anything in between
for subsequent generations, right up to our own times.

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course carries a Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement; it may also be counted as an elective.

There will be four one-hour exams (half essay, half multiple choice); the one with the lowest grade will count somewhat less than the others.

Texts:
A. Kamm, The Romans  (Routledge)
Suetonius, Twelve Caesars  (Penguin)
R. Fitzgerald tr., Aeneid of Virgil  (Random)
G. Vidal, Julian  (Ballantine)
Also, Course Packet

LAT 365 • Seneca

33735 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 2.102
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In recent years, the younger Seneca has undergone something of a renaissance and has found an enthusiastic readership that extends well beyond those scholars with philosophical interests.  Indeed, Seneca might now be regarded as one of the most widely-studied and written-about Imperial Latin writers.  As such, he is an author with whom students of Latin literature and Roman culture should have some acquaintance.  In this course, we will focus on two of Seneca’s most gripping and influential tragedies, the Medea and the Thyestes.  We will also devote some time to the Pseudo-Senecan Octavia.

The course has three related aims: to examine how Seneca dealt with imperial power; to explore Seneca’s distinctive modes of thought and expression; and to improve each student's ability to be an informed and discerning reader of Latin. In addition to reading substantial amounts of prepared Latin during each class meeting, we will learn to scan Senecan verse and discuss a selection of recent secondary scholarship on Senecan drama and its influence on later literary traditions.  Latin assignments will range from approximately 40 lines of Latin early in the course to 75 lines by the end of the semester.  We will not translate all prepared Latin during class meetings. 

This course carries a Writing flag; it may also be counted as an elective.

The final grade will be composed of: class participation and preparation (10%); in-class presentation (10%); 2 midterm examinations (35%); comprehensive final exam (25%); and a 10-12 pp scholarly research paper (20%).

 

Texts:

H.M. Hine, Seneca: Medea (Aris & Phillips, 2000).  978-0856686924.
R.J. Tarrant, Seneca’s Thyestes (1985).  978-0891308713.
E.F. Watling, Four Tragedies and Octavia (Penguin Classics, 1966).  978-0140441741.

C C 304C • Greece/Rome: Film And Reality

32490 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1000-1100 GRG 424
(also listed as EUS 307 )
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C C 304C Topics in the Ancient World:

An introductory survey of the highlights of Greek and Roman civilization and early Christianity. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

GK 312K • Sec-Yr Gk II: Selected Writers

32715 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm WAG 208
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Continuation of Greek 311. Extensive selections of Greek prose and/or poetry. Class meetings will be devoted especially to translation, grammar and syntax, and secondarily to discussion of the texts in their cultural context.

Greek 312K and 312L may not both be counted.

Prerequisites Greek 311 with a grade of at least C.

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