200-level

CLAS208
Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean World
Description
This course introduces the basic principles of archaeology as a discipline. It will focus on the main categories of evidence for Classical Archaeology and will use examples drawn from sites in the Mediterranean basin from 3000 BCE- 400 CE. The course will also use artefacts in the collections of the Teece Museum and the Canterbury Museum.
Occurrences
Semester Two 2024
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
Any 15 points from 100 level in CLAS, or any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or 60 points at 100 level from any other bachelor's degree.

CLAS213
Alexander the Great
Description
A survey of the career of Alexander the Great (336 to 323 BC) with special attention to problems of source interpretation.
Occurrences
Semester Two 2024
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
Any 15 points at 100 level from CLAS, or any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Restrictions
CLAS313

CLAS219
Sport and Leisure in the Ancient World
Description
A study of the impact of sport and leisure on various aspects of ancient life and their modern reconstructions. Note: course requirements in this combined 200 and 300-level course will be appropriate to the level at which the student is enrolled.
Occurrences
Semester One 2024
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
Any 15 points at 100 level from CLAS, or any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Restrictions

CLAS224
Greek Philosophy
Description
The intellectual rigour, which informed the Greeks’ speculations on life, the universe and everything, changed our understanding of the world forever. In this course we survey the origins and development of western philosophy in the Greek world, focusing on the 6th to the 4th centuries BC when many areas that preoccupy philosophers today were analysed and explored by the Greeks, including cosmology, physics, ethics, politics, psychology and more. Figures such as Socrates, Plato and many others before and after them will feature.
Occurrences
Semester One 2024
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
Any 15 points at 100 level from CLAS or PHIL, or any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Restrictions

CLAS234
Intermediate Greek Authors 1
Description
A study of selected Greek texts and unseen passages, with emphasis on the development of knowledge of the language.
Occurrences
Semester One 2024 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
CLAS135, or subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Restrictions
CLAS231

CLAS235
Intermediate Greek Authors 2
Description
Continued study of Greek literature and unseen passages, with emphasis on the development of knowledge of the language. This involves reading important texts by authors such as Sophocles, Euripides, Thucydides, Homer and others, as well as analysing these more fully in their cultural and literary context.
Occurrences
Semester Two 2024 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
CLAS234, or subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Restrictions
CLAS231

CLAS244
Intermediate Latin Authors A
Description
The aim, by the end of the course, is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to read actual Latin texts and great authors such as Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, Cicero, Tacitus and others who remain amongst the most influential and important literary figures of the ancient world.
Occurrences
Semester One 2024 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
Semester One 2024 (Distance)
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
CLAS145, or subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Restrictions
CLAS241

CLAS245
Intermediate Latin Authors B
Description
Continued study of selected Latin texts and unseen passages, with emphasis on the development of knowledge of the language.
Occurrences
Semester Two 2024 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)
Points
15 points
Prerequisites
CLAS244, or subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Restrictions
CLAS241

Not Offered Courses in 2024

200-level

CLAS201
Theatre and Performance in the Ancient World
Description
A study of selected Greek and Roman tragic plays (in translation) and of aspects of performance and rhetoric.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2012 , 2014 , 2016 , 2018 , 2020
For further information see CLAS201 course details
Points
15 points

CLAS206
Greek Art: The Power of Images in Archaic and Classical Greece
Description
We focus on the brilliant achievements of the Greeks in architecture, figurative painting, sculpture and other media that have been influential for centuries. We see what these meant in their broader cultural context, including Greek myth and history, as well as Greek interaction with cultures of Egypt and the Middle East. Students in this course have a chance to work directly with the splendid artefacts from the James Logie Memorial Collection (including Greek vases) now housed in the Teece Museum.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2021 , 2023 , 2025
For further information see CLAS206 course details
Points
15 points

CLAS207
Roman Art and Architecture
Description
A survey of Roman art, architecture and material culture from 753 BC to the 2nd century AD, with particular reference to objects in the James Logie Memorial Collection.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2011 , 2013 , 2015 , 2017 , 2020
For further information see CLAS207 course details
Points
15 points

CLAS214
Imperial Rome
Description
Roman history, society and culture under the early emperors as represented by the literary sources and material remains.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2016 , 2018 , 2021 , 2023 , 2025
For further information see CLAS214 course details
Points
15 points

ARTH216
Greek Art: The Power of Images in Archaic and Classical Greece
Description
We focus on the brilliant achievements of the Greeks in architecture, figurative painting, sculpture and other media that have been influential for centuries. We see what these meant in their broader cultural context, including Greek myth and history, as well as Greek interaction with cultures of Egypt and the Middle East. Students in this course have a chance to work directly with the splendid artefacts from the James Logie Memorial Collection (including Greek vases) now housed in the Teece Museum.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024
For further information see ARTH216 course details
Points
15 points

CLAS220
Troy and Ancient Epic
Description
No cycle of myths has had a stronger grip on the western imagination than the saga of the Trojan War and its aftermath. This course focuses on Homer’s vast epic poems Iliad and Odyssey (eight-seventh centuries BC) and Vergil’s Roman epic Aeneid (first century BC) - three poems which remain among the very greatest and most influential literary works of all time, and which feature such famous figures as Achilles, Hektor, Helen, Odysseus (aka Ulysses), Dido and Aeneas, among many others.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2021 , 2023 , 2025
For further information see CLAS220 course details
Points
15 points

CLAS222
Wealth, Work and Wages in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Description
This course will provide insights into one of the most important topics of ancient social history: the ancient economy. We will investigate where, when and why the Greeks and Romans developed and adopted coins. We will analyse the ancient Roman labour market, investigating occupations and industries from prostitution to the fullers, from agriculture to urban bars. We will ask how much labourers earned and how much it cost to live, could Roman workers actually survive in Rome? In addition to understanding more about the daily reality for individuals we will also look at macro issues, such as Roman trade with India and China, Roman state expenditure, taxes, and slave markets.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2023
For further information see CLAS222 course details
Points
15 points

CLAS223
Sex, Love and Gender in the Ancient World
Description
This course investigates ancient attitudes towards sex, conceptualisations of love and the construction of gender through analyses of mythic, literary and artistic representations of men and women, and their interactions. The investigation will be accompanied by reflections on the impact of Graeco-Roman perceptions of sex, love and gender on Western views in terms of changes and continuities.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024, offered in 2018 , 2020 , 2022 , 2023 , 2025
For further information see CLAS223 course details
Points
15 points

PHIL224
Greek Philosophy
Description
Historical and analytical introduction to the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.
Occurrences
Not offered 2024
For further information see PHIL224 course details
Points
15 points