CL325W-000: Classical Trad & Amer Founding

January 12, 2016 - April 25, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Candler Library 120
Lawatsch-Melton, Barbara Elisabeth

A study of the role of the Greco-Roman legacy during formative decades of the American republic and in shaping civic values in the United States.

How did the American founders draw on the legacy of Greece and Rome?


How did the classical heritage shape American political culture and civic identity?


The course poses these and related questions in exploring the classical tradition in colonial America and the United States. We will examine texts both ancient and American as well as other evidence, including film and architecture. Throughout the course we will discuss the ways we continue to encounter classical receptions today.


Course fulfills the Continuing Writing Requirement and the HSC Requirement

Prerequisite: Freshman Writing Requirement

  1. The Dryden Translation, ed. Arthur Hugh Clough
    Plutarch‚??s Lives. Vol. I and Vol. II (The Modern Library/Random House)
  2. All other readings are available online. They include excerpts from Polybius, Cicero, Virgil, The Federalist, the writings of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and from The Columbian Orator.
Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
Class participation and discussion emphasized; two midterm essays, final paper; quizzes; one short presentation.

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