This course is designed to familiarize students with the Greek and Latin terms used in a variety of medical fields as well as to introduce them to the foundations of Ancient Greek and Roman medical practices and theory. Part of the course focuses on learning common classical roots, suffixes and prefixes so that students will have a functional understanding the terminology underpinning several anatomical systems, skeletal structures and muscular nomenclature. In the other part of the course, students will explore seminal Greek and Roman medical texts as a means to better contextualize the development of modern medical science.
On August 24, AD 79, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying several Roman towns in the region of Campania, Italy, with a thick layer of volcanic ash and pumice. This event was a great tragedy for the people who lived in the area, causing vast destruction and considerable loss of life. For modern scholars, though, the event has proved an unusual blessing. Encapsulated within the volcanic debris is an unparalleled glimpse into the lives of the ancient inhabitants. This course explores the archaeological remains of Pompeii in order to learn about Roman life and culture in the early part of the Roman Empire.
Here you will read some of the most famous dramatic texts from the ancient Greek and Roman world (e.g. Euripides’ Medea), as well as some of the more obscure ones (e.g. Seneca’s Oedipus). Since this is cross-listed between Theatre and ANCS, class discussions will approach the material from literary as well as theatrical angles, and you will be able to design research projects to fit your own individual interests. All texts are taught in English.