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Fall 2022 Course Descriptions

This is an unofficial list of courses that will be offered in Classics and Mediterranean Studies in Fall 2022. 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.


Fall 2022 Courses in Art and Archaeology, Culture, and Literature (all taught in English) Heading link

CL 100 Greek Civilization. MWF 3:00-3:50. Meet on campus.  Ros.
Did you love (or hate?) Three Hundred or the Brad Pitt movie Troy?  Come find out the real story of the ancient Greeks.  This class combines history, literature, art, architecture, and archaeology to create a complete picture of ancient Greek life, culture and society.  All readings are in English.  Creative Arts, and Past course.

CL 102 Introduction to Classical Literature.  MWF 2:00-2:50. Meet on campus.  Ros.
Follow the adventures of Odysseus and Aeneas, suffer along with tragic heroes and heroines, laugh out loud at sexy Greek comedy, and relive the trial of Socrates as we explore important literary forms from Classical antiquity, including epic, tragedy, comedy, and philosophy.  Includes works by Homer, Vergil, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato.  All readings are in English.  Creative Arts, and Past course.

GKM 105 Modern Greek Culture.  TR 12:30-1:45. Online synchronous.
This course is an exploration of multiple aspects of Modern Greek culture. Some questions that the course will address are:
-How does Modern Greece compare to its idealized ancient version?
-How did Greece evolve over the centuries? What influenced this evolution?
-How are current affairs like gender, diversity and minority issues handled in Greece?
-What is the current situation of refugees and immigrants in Greece?
-What are some Greek customs and cultural elements (e.g., festivals, language, religion, music, dance, food, etc.)?

CL 201/LING 201 Etymology in the Life Sciences.  T 8:00-9:15. On campus and online. Hybrid: meets in person T (8:00-9:15) with additional asynchronous components each week.  Burns.
If you know what laparohysterosalpingooophorectomy means, then you have probably taken CL 201 (Medical Terminology). A ‘must’ for those entering the medical and related professions. This course is also very helpful to MCAT and PCAT candidates.  Prerequisites: Any 100-level biological sciences sequence.

CL202/HIST 202 Ancient Greece.  TR 2:00-3:15. On campus and online.  Papakonstantinou.
Ancient Greece developed a complex and fascinating culture that still has an impact and relevance in our world. In this introductory course we will approach Greek history and civilization from the viewpoint of the Greeks themselves.  Following a brief historical overview, we will examine a wide array of topics including daily life, religion, women and children, the economy, food, sport, travel, magic and slavery.  This examination of ancient Greece will be placed in a wider Mediterranean context. We will be drawing parallels with other ancient Mediterranean cultures, and we will try to understand the interaction of ancient Greece with these cultures. No prior knowledge of ancient history is necessary.  Past course.

CL 204/HIST 204/AH 204 Greek Art and Archaeology.  MWF 12:00-12:50. Meet on campus.  Ros.
Experience “the Glory that was Greece!”  Visit the Palace of King Minos, legendary home of the bloodthirsty Minotaur.  Tour the Parthenon, most perfect of all Greek temples.  Examine Greek vases for tantalizing glimpses of daily life and the world of Greek myth.  Explore the range of Greek sculpture from the sublime works of the High Classical Period to the surprising and sometimes brutal diversity of Hellenistic sculpture — highlights include a beat-up boxer and a sexy Aphrodite who is more than a match for a randy Pan.  The course is a survey of ancient Greek art and architecture in its historical and cultural context, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period. 3 credit hours, no prerequisites.  Creative Arts, and Past course.     

GKM 209/HIST 209 The Byzantine Empire.  TR 12:30-1:45. Meet on campus. Kim.
Did you know that the Roman Empire lasted for a thousand years longer than is often assumed? After the establishment of “New Rome”—Constantinople—Roman identity, culture, and politics began a long, steady transition and transformation into what scholars call the Byzantine Empire. All this time, the people who lived in the empire understood themselves to be Romans. Of course, Christianity was a central feature of these developments, but equally important were interactions and conflicts with the peoples of medieval Europe, the Balkans, and the Islamic caliphates. This course will explore these complex and fascinating processes, with a focus on how the developing institutions of the Byzantines exhibited both continuity with and change from the ancient Mediterranean world. 

ARAB 230 Arabic Literature in Translation.  TR 12:30-1:45. On campus (T) and online (R). Aburqayeq.
The objective is, for people who do not know Arabic, to gain a basic knowledge of Classical Arabic literature and to cultivate an appreciation of Arab culture.  Please note:  the focus will be on classical (medieval) texts, but we will not exclude forays into the modern era. Thus, we will delve into the different ways Arab literati have negotiated the transition to European genres such as novel writing, drama, and modern poetry.  World Cultures course.

CL297.  Studies in the Classical Tradition Antigone and her Afterlives. TR 2:00-3:15. On campus and online. Schlipphacke.
This course offers in-depth analysis of the figure of Antigone, the daughter/sister of Oedipus in Greek mythology, who attempts to secure burial rites for her brother who had been banished from the kingdom of Thebes. Antigone, as represented by Sophocles and Euripides, is a passionate and politically engaged character who is willing to break the city’s law with an eye to a higher “divine law.” An early representative of female action, Antigone brings to light a variety of modern concerns: the place of mourning in civil society, the limits of the law, discourses of the “other,” structures of kinship, the political power of family, the ethics of love, and the limitations of the state. Close analysis of works by Sophocles and Euripides will be followed by discussion of some of Antigone’s many modern “afterlives” (in seminal works by G.W. Hegel, Jacques Lacan, Jean Cocteau, R.W. Fassbinder, and Judith Butler). A reluctant heroine in Greek tragedy, Antigone remains a figure of fascination in a post-Enlightenment world both as a representative of progress and as a figure outside of time.  Creative Arts, and Past course.

CL 299 Independent Reading: Special Topics in Classics in Translation.  Arranged.  Burns.

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

CL 405/HIST 405 Herodotus and His World.  T 3:30-6:00.  On campus and online. Papakonstantinou.
This course examines the wars between Greeks and Persians as well as other episodes in the social and cultural history of ancient Greece through the lively narrative of Herodotus. Themes to be explored include the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae (aka Leonidas of Sparta and his 300); the life and travels of legendary Athenian lawgiver Solon; the suitors’ contests for the hand of Agariste of Sicyon; and many more.  No background in Classics or Ancient History necessary.

PHIL 501 Topics in Ancient Philosophy: Hellenistic Epistemology and Ethics. M 1:00-3:00.  Meet on campus. Vlasits.
What is the kind of knowledge we seek in philosophy and science? How do we get it? Can we get it at all? What makes a life good: virtue, pleasure, something else? The Hellenistic Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics were embroiled in fascinating debates about these questions and in the first part of this class we will look at some of them. Then we will look at how their theories of knowledge and the good were related: How is knowledge related to virtue? How do we come to know how to live? Why should we believe one ethical theory over another? All readings will be in translation. Undergraduates may be admitted with the permission of the instructor.

Fall 2022 Foreign Language Courses Heading link


ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I.  MTWR 9:00-9:50. Almahamid.  On campus (TR) & online (MW).

ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I.  MTWR 10:00-10:50. Almahamid.  On campus (TR) & online (MW).

ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I.  MTWR 11:00-11:50. Babiker.  On campus (TR) and online (MW).

ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I.  MTWR 1:00-1:50. Babiker.  On campus (TR) and online (MW).

ARAB 103 Intermediate Arabic I.  MTWR 10:00-10:50. Babiker. On campus (TR) and online (MW).

ARAB 103 Intermediate Arabic I.  MTWR 12:00-12:50. Almahamid.  On campus (TR) and online (MW).

ARAB 103 Intermediate Arabic I.  MTWR 2:00-2:50. Aburqayeq. On campus (MWT) and online (R).

ARAB 201.  Advanced Arabic Through Literature.  TR 11:00-12:15. Aburqayeq. On campus (T) and online (R).

ARAB 299 Independent Reading.  Arranged.  Babiker.

Modern Greek

GKM 101 Elementary Modern Greek I.  MTR 9:00-9:50. Online. Meets synchronously MTR with additional asynchronous components each week.

GKM 103 Intermediate Modern Greek I.  MTWR 10:00-10:50. Online. Meets synchronously MTR with additional asynchronous components each week.

GKM 105 Modern Greek Culture. TR 12:30-1:45. Online synchronous. See above, courses in English.

GKM 209/HIST 209 The Byzantine Empire.  TR 12:30-1:45. Meet on campus.  Kim.  See above, courses in English.


LAT 101 Elementary Latin I.  MTWR 12:00-12:50. Meet on campus.  Burns.

LAT 103 Intermediate Latin I: Livy, Ab Urbe Condita. MTWR 1:00-1:50. Meet on campus. Burns.
This class will read selections from book one of Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita. It will focus on the most important of Rome’s foundation myths, including the rescue of the twins Romulus and Remus, the kidnapping of the Sabine women, and the death of Lucretia.

LAT 299 Independent Reading.  Arranged.  Burns.

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