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This is an unofficial list of courses that will be offered in Classics and Mediterranean Studies in Spring 2023. It is strictly for the use of expanded course descriptions. For the complete official course offerings, please consult the My.UIC portal.

For a list of all courses and general course descriptions, please see the UIC Academic Catalog.


Spring 2023 Courses in Art and Archaeology, Culture, and Literature (all taught in English) Heading link

CL 103 Introduction to Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. MWF 2:00-2:50. Meet on campus. Ros.
Discover the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome. This course examines the architecture, sculpture, and painting of these civilizations in their cultural and historical context. Topics covered range from momentous (the invention of writing), to fascinating (Hatshepsut, the cross-dressing female pharaoh), to downright odd (bull leaping as a religious ritual).
Creative Arts, and Past course.

CL 203/HIST 203 Ancient Rome. TR 2:00-3:15. On campus and online.  Papakonstaninou.
This course follows the development of Rome from a small village in central Italy to the longest-lived empire of the ancient world with particular emphasis on political, social and cultural developments as well as the interaction of Rome with other cultures. Lectures containing a historical narrative of the main political and military events will be interspersed with thematic lectures on key aspects of Roman society and culture. Students will be introduced to the study of select Roman sources in translation, provided by the instructor.
Past, and World Cultures course.

CL 205/AH 205/HIST 205 Roman Art and Archaeology. MWF 11:00-11:50. Meet on campus. Ros.
Experience ‘the grandeur of Rome’ through its architecture, sculpture, wall painting and mosaics. Course topics include the town of Pompeii, buried alive by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and miraculously preserved; Rome’s huge public bath complexes, the health clubs of the ancient world; luxurious private houses like the Villa of the Mysteries, whose painted walls reveal details of secret initiation ceremonies into the cult of the wine god Dionysus; the Colosseum, where gladiators and wild beasts fought to the death; and Roman imperial portraits and state reliefs, whose style and content were cleverly manipulated by the imperial propaganda machine to insure the continuing popularity of the reigning emperor. This course is a survey of Roman art and architecture in their historical and cultural context, from pre-Roman civilizations in Italy (the Villanovans, Etruscans, and western Greeks), through the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine in the early 4th c CE.
Creative Arts, and Past course.

CL 208/RELS 208 Greek Mythology.  TR 12:30-1:45. Meet on campus. Kim.
Gods, heroes, and monsters…the myths of the ancient Mediterranean world are timeless stories that continue to inspire and entertain children and adults alike and have spawned the likes of Disney’s Hercules, Brad Pitt’s Achilles in Troy, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. This course is a deep dive into original sources and an intensive study of the historical, cultural, and religious contexts in which these stories developed. The course will study how scholars understand and explain mythology, and it will engage deeply with contemporary interpretations and receptions of the ancient myths. All readings are in English.
Individual and Society, and Past course.

CL 211/GWS 211 Sex and Gender in the Ancient World.  MW 9:30-10:45. Meet on campus. Burns.
This class will explore the construction of gender and its relationship to love and sexuality in the ancient world through literature and art. Students will read excerpts from epic poetry, drama, ancient novels, satire, as well as inscriptions and graffiti. They will also analyze visual evidence from ancient sculptures and paintings. Additionally, the course will introduce students to the history of ancient gender scholarship. Topics to be covered include the ancient gender spectrum, homoeroticism, social concepts related to female sexuality, ancient sex work, and the construction of alternative gender and sexual identities. The class will be taught on campus, and all readings will be in English.
Please note that this course will include frank discussion of some very difficult topics, including pederasty and sexual assault.
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CL 218/HIST 218/AH 218 Pompeii: Everyday Life in a Roman Town.  MWF 12:00-12:50. Meet on campus.  Ros.
The town of Pompeii, buried and miraculously preserved by the sudden eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth exploration of everyday life in a Roman town. Topics covered by this course include Pompeii’s history, society, politics, economy, religion, art, architecture, and entertainments, both public and private.
Prerequisite(s): CL 101 or CL 103 or CL 205 or AH 110 or consent of the instructor.
Past course

CL 219/HIST 219 Sport in the Ancient World.  TR 3:30-4:45. On campus and online. Papakonstantinou.
This course provides an in-depth examination of sport in the Greco-Roman world. Lectures and discussions will follow a chronological and thematic sequence. Emphasis will lie equally on both the development of formal aspects of sport (e.g., techniques and rules of individual events; training; prizes; historical development of the Olympics and other international and local games) as well as its social and political ramifications. Moreover, the course will provide an introduction to the written and material evidence germane to the reconstruction of the history of sport in the ancient world and will survey the impact on Greco-Roman sport on the modern Olympic and sports movements.
Prerequisite(s): Any course in Classics or History. Recommended background: CL 100; CL 101; CL 103; CL 202 or HIST 202; CL 203 or HIST 203; CL 204 or HIST or AH 204; or CL 205 or HIST 205 or AH 205.

ARAB 270/MOVI 270 The Reel Arab.  TR 2:00-3:15. Meets on campus. Aburqayeq.
In international cinema, Arabs have been depicted from different angles: from romantic lovers, to thieves, to freedom fighters, to ruthless terrorists. In this course, we will view a few films that, beyond the need to achieve commercial success, present these features. We will also watch and discuss films that address critical issues in Arab society. Films screened will include iconic Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca and Lion of the Desert. Taught in English.
World Cultures course.

CL 390 Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization. TR 9:30-10:45. Meets on campus. Kim.
Justice: This seminar is a deep exploration of the concept of “justice” in the literature of antiquity. Ideas about what it was–whether divinely instituted and/or determined by humans–reflected the concerns, fears, ambitions, and hopes of the author(s) who wrote about it. We will explore a curated series of diverse literary texts from the Jewish, Indian, Greek, Roman, Christian, and Islamic traditions, and learn about their historical, cultural, and material contexts to understand how they might have been representative or revolutionary in their immediate contexts and in the broader ancient world. We will also read and discuss a series of scholarly and/or popular writings by modern scholars that speak to historical, thematic, and/or literary issues related to the assigned texts.

CL 398 Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization.  Arranged.  Kim.

Spring 2023 Foreign Language Courses Heading link


ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic II.  MTWR 10:00-10:50. Staff.  On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic II.  MTWR 11:00-11:50. Babiker. On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic II. MTWR 1:00-1:50. Babiker. On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 104 Intermediate Arabic II. MTWR 9:00-9:50. Staff.  On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 104 Intermediate Arabic II. MTWR 10:00-10:50. Babiker.  On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 104 Intermediate Arabic II. MTWR 1100-11:50. Aburqayeq.  On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 104 Intermediate Arabic II. MTWR 12:00-12:50. Staff.  On campus (TWR) & online (M).

ARAB 202 Media Arabic.  TR 12:30-1:45. Aburqayeq. Meets on campus.

Modern Greek

GKM 102 Elementary Modern Greek II.  TR 10:00-10:50. Tzirides. Meets synchronously TR with additional asynchronous components each week.
Are you ready for your summer vacation in Greece? Do you want to interact with people or engage with content in Modern Greek? Continue your journey of learning the basics of the Modern Greek language through this course.
Prerequisite(s): GKM 101.

GKM 103 Intermediate Modern Greek I. TR 11:00-11:50. Tzirides. Meets synchronously TR with additional asynchronous components each week.
Do you want to engage with ease in standard interactions with people or content in Modern Greek? Continue your journey of becoming fluent in Modern Greek through this intermediate level course.
Prerequisite(s): GKM 103.


LAT 102 Elementary Latin II.  MTWR 12:00-12:50. Meet on campus.  Burns.

LAT 104 Intermediate Latin II. MTWR 1:00-1:50. Meet on campus. Burns.

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