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Classical and Medieval Studies
Professors Cole (History), Thompson (English), and Jones (History); Associate Professors Allison (Religion), Chair, Corrie (Art), Rice-DeFosse (French)(on leave, winter semester and Short Term), Fra-Molinero (Spanish), and O'Higgins (Classics)(on leave, 1997-1998); Assistant Professors Casey (Classics) and Imber (Classics); Mr. Hayward (Classics), Mr. Walker (Classics), and Mr. Bigelow (Classical and Medieval Studies)
Major Requirements. Within this interdisciplinary major students may elect to concentrate in either classical studies or medieval studies. The major requires eleven courses (or ten courses and one Short Term unit).
1) An introductory course, either Classics 100 (introduction to the ancient world) or History 102 (Medieval Europe) as appropriate.
2) Four courses in Latin or four courses in Greek to be taken at Bates or through other authorized college programs.
3) A one-semester senior thesis, Classical and Medieval Studies 457 or 458. Thesis advisors will be chosen by the Chair of the Program in consultation with the student, according to thesis subject. Students must submit a thesis proposal to the Chair at the end of their junior year.
4) Five additional courses selected from the following list and drawn from at least two departments. The selection must be made in consultation with and with the approval of the Chair of the Program.
5) By the winter semester of their senior year, majors must satisfactorily complete a translation in either Greek or Latin. The translation examination will be offered annually. This examination, known as the Comprehensive Exam, tests competency in reading representative Greek or Latin authors. Although at least two years of course work in the relevant language is essential, students should practice for this examination on their own, or in study groups, during the year in which they plan to take it. Competency in reading at least one of the ancient languages is an essential element of the major.
In general, students in Classical and Medieval Studies should put together their classes so as to build toward the senior year thesis and the expertise that it requires.
The Program Classical and Medieval Studies maintains a homepage on the world wide web where curricular changes and special events are posted.
121D. From Epic to Romance in Medieval European Literature. From Beowulf's heroic struggle to preserve society from the depredations of monstrous foes, to the French knights who wander endlessly through the forest in search of love, religious perfection, or just plain adventure, representations of society and the individual have been linked to forms of narrative. Students investigate the changing nature of the self between the eighth and fourteenth centuries, as that self is constructed and understood in a variety of texts and generic forms. Examples of epic, romance, chanson de gest, and saint's life, drawn from the literatures of England, France, Italy, Germany, and Scandinavia suggest both the diversity and the commonality of European culture(s). This course is the same as English 121D. Enrollment limited to 25. Staff.
205. Ovid's Metamorphoses Transformed. Very soon after its publication, Ovid's Metamorphoses became the standard source for the stories of Greco-Roman mythology. This course traces (in English) the various retellings of some of those myths through medieval, Renaissance, and modern times, in Europe and the Americas, primarily in literary reworkings, but with some attention to art and music as well. Reading the Ovidian original in Latin is available to students with one or more years of Latin, who will register for this course under the rubric, Latin 205. This course is the same as Latin 205. Open to first-year students. T. Hayward.
208. Introduction to Medieval Archeology. Archeology is an important tool for investigating medieval societies unrecorded in documents and art. This course introduces archeological methods and recent archeological studies of urban and rural life in Northwestern Europe from 1000 to 1500 A.D. Topics such as early trade, social roles of churches and monastic communities, ethnicity in towns, and peasant economy are discussed, illustrated by slide presentations. Today, teams of historians, social scientists, and physical scientists are researching historical and biocultural processes of the Middle Ages, including the Norse settlement of the North Atlantic. This emphasizes these new, interdisciplinary approaches. This course is the same as Anthropology 208 and History 208. Open to first-year students. G. Bigelow.
360. Independent Study. Independent study of individually selected topics. Periodic conferences and papers are required. Permission of the Department is required. Students are limited to one independent study per semester. Staff.
457, 458. Senior Thesis. The research and writing of an extended essay in Classical and Medieval Studies, following the established practices of the field, under the guidance of a supervisor in the Classical and Medieval Studies Program. Students register for Classical and Medieval Studies 457 in the fall semester and for Classical and Medieval Studies 458 in the winter semester. Classical and Medieval Studies 457 or 458 is required of all majors. Majors writing an honors thesis register for both Classical and Medieval Studies 457 and 458. Staff.
Short Term Units
Anthropology 225. Gods, Heroes, Magic, and Mysteries: Religion and Ancient Greece. This course is the
same as Religion 225.
Classics 100. Introduction to the Ancient World. This course is the same as History 100.
English 171. European Literature: European Tradition from Homer to Cervantes.
French 351. Early French Literature.
FYS 211. Growing up in Ancient Rome.
Greek 101. Elementary Ancient Greek (1).
History 100. Introduction to the Ancient World. This course is the same as Classics 100.
Latin 101. Elementary Latin (1).
Music 241. Music Literature of the Medieval and Renaissance Periods.
Philosophy 270. Medieval Philosophy.
Religion 213. From Law to Mysticism.
Spanish 240. Loco Amor/Buen Amor.
Theater 200. The Classical Stage.