Department of Classics

David Welch


M.A., University of Kansas

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Roman historiography (Caesar, Tacitus), classical receptions in science fiction, intertextuality, ancient conceptions of genre

Courses


GK W804 • Intensive Beginning Greek-Wb

79955 • Summer 2021
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-2:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

For over thirty 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.

AHC 325 • Hist Of Rome: The Empire-Wb

33780-33795 • Spring 2021
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as HIS 321)

Topics in the history of the Greek and Roman empires and the surrounding area.

LAT 511K • Accelerated Intermediate Latin

33229 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.118
Hybrid/Blended

Intermediate Latin

This course is a a continuation of Latin 507 (or 601C) and is the final course in the beginning-intermediate Latin sequence.

Latin 511K fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 322.

LAT 507 • First-Year Latin II-Wb

33720 • Spring 2019
Internet; Asynchronous

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.

The course can be completed entirely online, though students must attend three exams either on campus or at an approved testing facility.

LAT 511K • Accelerated Intermediate Latin

33930 • Fall 2018
Meets MTWTHF 1:00PM-2:00PM WAG 10

INSTRUCTOR: TBD

 

Intermediate Latin

This course is a a continuation of Latin 507 (or 601C) and is the final course in the beginning-intermediate Latin sequence.

Latin 511K fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 322.

C C 302 • Intro To Ancient Rome-Wb

32445 • Spring 2018
Internet; Asynchronous
GC VP

This introductory-level online course covers the cultural and political history of Ancient Rome, from the city’s origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BCE) to the rise of Augustus and the rule of emperors in the 1st century CE/AD. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Rome’s evolution from a small, hilltop settlement to the head of a world empire. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the most important buildings, artistic works, events and historical figures of Ancient Rome.


The course can be completed entirely online, though students must attend three exams either on campus or at an approved testing facility. The course is made up of textbook readings, primary source readings, and ten highly interactive, multimedia content modules. Students will be able to work through the modules at their own pace and on their own schedule, within around a 7- to 10-day period per module. Each module includes a practice quiz, so that students can evaluate their progress, identify misunderstandings, and develop strategies for improvement with the help of the course instructor, and concludes with a short, graded, multiple choice quiz. Students will also complete a module and write an analytical essay about a movie based on ancient Roman culture.

Fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

Carries the Global Cultures flag.

Dissertation


"Caesar's Commentaries and the Issue of Ancient Prose Genre" - an exploration of ancient ideas of prose genre, viewed through the lens of Caesar's Commentaries.

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