Cours à thèmes variables et des deuxième et troisième années: 2021-2022

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Printemps | Été 2021
Automne 2021


Printemps | Été 2021


CLA|HIS 3110 A00 (Professor: John Serrati)

Topics in Ancient History I : Homer, Hoplites, and Heroes: The Greek States at War

Roman Glass | Verre romain

Museum of Classical Antiquities
Photo Credit: Chandra Giroux

Major issues in Greek or Roman history. Topics to be offered in rotation as advertised by the Department.

Aeschylus was the first tragic playwright whose writings achieved a degree of fame in the ancient Greek world. Yet upon his death in 456 BC, his self-composed epitaph made no mention whatsoever of his famous plays and instead concentrated his deeds from the Battle of Marathon a generation earlier. This is perhaps the best example of how, despite the literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural achievements of the classical age, warfare in ancient Greece remained the ultimate mark of one's citizenship and masculinity. This course shall examine how Homeric ideas of warfare not only reinforced social and political hierarchies, but equally had a significant influence on ancient Greek concepts of gender. At their best, such ideas were in part responsible for the rise of democracy at Athens and the classical age in general. However, when taken to extremes, they also caused the Greek city-states to destroy each other on the battlefield. To finish off the course, we will explore the adaptation of Homeric ideals in modern cinema through the films Troy (2004) and 300 (2006).

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CLA|HIS 3110 B00 (Professor: Lydia Schriemer)

Topics in Ancient History I : Gender and Women’s Rights in the World of Early Christianity

Major issues in Greek or Roman history. Topics to be offered in rotation as advertised by the Department.

The course will consist of an examination of the status and rights of women in the Roman empire from the earliest days of Christianity in the first century CE until the conquest of Egypt in the seventh century. Students will be introduced to the complex question of what it meant to be a woman in the later Roman empire. While exploring the foundational concepts of feminist historiography, including gender and queer theory, the class will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits that interdisciplinary and digital humanities methods bring to historical-sociological research. Topics will include Women in the law, Women’s social roles, Jesus’ female disciples, Women in the public sphere, Women in the early Church, Asceticism and monasticism, and Family life. This course will introduce students to knowledge from a variety of fields, including law (Roman and Late Antique), ancient history (first to seventh centuries CE) and gender studies (in particular, as it relates to sociology, history, and feminist historiography).

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SRS 5108 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Psychedelics: Interdisciplinary Survey of Psychedelic Studies

An examination of the therapeutic, spiritual, and ritual uses of entheogens and psychedelics cross-culturally and throughout human history.


Automne 2021


CLA|HIS 3110 A00 (Professeur: R. Burgess)

Topics in Ancient History I : The Late Roman Emperors, their Coinage, and the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Major issues in Greek or Roman history. Topics to be offered in rotation as advertised by the Department.

In which we examine the history of the late Roman emperors from the tranquility and prosperity that attended the accession of Marcus Aurelius in 161 to the dissolution of the western empire upon the deposition of Romulus Augustus in 476. This course will also consider the changes to the office of emperor itself and the way in which the emperors, their goals, and their public personas are presented on the coinage.

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CLA|HIS 3510 (Professeur: D. Côté)

Thèmes choisis en histoire ancienne I: Philosophes et « magiciens » dans l’Antiquité

Étude de thèmes choisis en histoire grecque ou romaine. Les thèmes varient tous les ans.

Dans l’Antiquité, certains philosophes, comme Apollonius de Tyane et Apulée de Madaure, ont été accusés, formellement ou non, d’avoir pratiqué la «magie». D’autres se sont montrés intéressés à comprendre en quoi consistait la magie, tout en gardant leur distance, et ont été exposés à des rituels «magiques». C’est le cas de Plotin. D’autres encore, tel Jamblique et les philosophes de son école, ont introduit dans l’étude et la pratique de la philosophie, des rituels, supposément égyptiens et chaldéens, qui relèvent de la «théurgie», des rituels qui ressemblent parfois à des rituels «magiques».

Le but du cours est d’apporter une explication au phénomène de la proximité entre philosophie et «magie» que l’on peut observer dans certains milieux et dans certains contextes, du deuxième siècle au quatrième siècle de notre ère, dans le monde gréco-romain. Comme l’indiquent les guillemets utilisés dans le titre et dans cette description, la notion de «magie» et dans une moindre mesure celle de «théurgie» posent problème. Qu’est-ce que la «magie»? Qu’est-ce qu’un «magicien»? La réponse à cette question ne faisait pas l’unanimité dans l’Antiquité et encore aujourd’hui laisse perplexe le savant qui cherche à y répondre. Sans prétendre régler la question, le cours proposera tout de même les éléments d’une définition de la «magie» et de la «théurgie».

Le corpus qui sera étudié dans le cadre du cours comprend notamment : la Vie d’Apollonius de Tyane, de Philostrate, l’Apologie, d’Apulée, Les Métamorphoses ou l’Âne d’or, d’Apulée, le Philopseudes, de Lucien, la Vie de Plotin, de Porphyre, la Réponse à Porphyre, de Jamblique et les Vies de philosophes et de sophistes, d’Eunape de Sardes.

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CLA 4151 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Seminar in Ancient Literature in Translation: War, Gender, and Vengeance in Greek Tragedy

Focused investigation of selected themes, genres or authors in Greek or Roman literature in translation.

Warfare is one of the most common themes in Greek tragedy, as explorations of human conflict, its participants, and its victims are at the core of some of the most important works by Aischylos, Sophokles, and Euripides. Many of these plays scrutinise and challenge contemporary notions of gender, in particular questioning ancient Greece’s focus on Homeric, agonal warfare. Vengeance, both divine and human, is as well central to many a tragic plot. These themes go hand-in-hand, as the role of women in these plays is often to call upon men to exact vengeance through warfare and performances of masculinity. The themes of war, gender, and vengeance are universal throughout human history; as such, the tragedies that examine these issues have always been popular, and are even experiencing a renaissance in the twenty-first century. This class will feature deep readings of selected Greek tragedies, examining the texts first and foremost as works of ancient literature, highlighting issues of meaning, interpretation, text, language, and translation. All texts shall be read in translation and knowledge of ancient Greek is not required. To finish off the course, we will explore the adaptation of ancient tragedy in modern cinema.

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CLA 5901 (Professeur: Geoffrey Greatrex)

Recherche scientifique et méthodologie I / Scholarly Research and Methodology I

Survol du IVe s. de notre ère (284-395), examen des grandes questions de la période, étude de la méthodologie et des techniques de recherche, notamment analyse et critique des arguments, et synthèse des débats entre chercheurs.

An overview of the fourth century A.D. (284-395), review of the main issues in the period, consideration of methodology and research techniques, such as analysing and criticizing arguments, and summarizing scholarly debates.

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CLA 5923 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Aspects de la littérature de l'antiquité tardive / Topics in Late Antique Literature: Ancient Travels, Marvels and Miracle-Working

Considération approfondie d'un ou plusieurs aspects de l'histoire de la période.

Ancient travellers routinely brought home marvellous souvenirs and stories about far-off regions, famously inspiring writers like Virgil, Pliny, and Augustine to contemplate the wonder and strangeness of the natural world. But quite how did this relationship between travel, geography, and wonder develop and change during Late Antiquity? The course examines first-person travel accounts, ‘scientific’ discussions of marvels, and biographical narratives of travel and miracle-working. It challenges students to refine their skills in literary and historical analysis, and to approach ancient understandings of geography and the marvellous on their own terms. We will read texts partly in the original, and partly in translation. Topics include ancient geographical education, mirabilia, travel narratives, and the roles of imperialism and Christianity in geographical thought. By engaging with literary and cultural theory, students will develop conceptual frameworks for analysing and interpreting late antique cultural beliefs. The student will emerge with an understanding of how and why people travelled, how they conceptualised world geography, and the evolving significance of marvels to the late Roman world view.

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SRS 5109 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Psychedelics, Politics and Harm Reduction

A study of harm-reduction approaches and differentiation among substances on the basis of public health, with an emphasis on human rights and social concerns.

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SRS 5915 (Professeure: Adele Reinhartz )

Séminaire en sciences des religions | Seminar in Religious Studies

Introduction approfondie à l'étude savante du religieux.

An orientation to the study of religion at an advanced level.

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SRS6900 (Professeur: Michel Gardaz )

Comparative Study of Religious : The Contemporary Study of Mysticism

Étude comparative d'un thème ou d'un aspect du religieux tel qu'il se manifeste dans diverses cultures. | A comparative study of a theme or aspect of religion as manifested in diverse cultures. | The main purpose of the seminar is to explore contemporary trends in the study of mysticism. We will examine several mystical traditions among world religions and later analyse the current methodological ̸ theoretical approaches.

The main purpose of the seminar is to explore contemporary trends in the study of mysticism. We will examine several mystical traditions among world religions and later analyse the current methodological ̸ theoretical approaches.


Hiver 2022


CLA|HIS 3110 B00 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Topics in Ancient History I: Roman Pompeii

Major issues in Greek or Roman history. Topics to be offered in rotation as advertised by the Department.

This course will deal with the history and archaeology of Pompeii. Topics include; the architecture and the history of the site and its urban plan; imperial patronage of Pompeii; the eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum; the rediscovery of these sites in the Renaissance and their subsequent excavation in the modern era; the political relevance of Pompeii in the 18th and 19th centuries; domestic arts (interior decoration e.g., the four styles of painting); gardens, garden paintings and sculptural programs.

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CLA 3130 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Topics in Greek and Latin Literature in Translation : Augustus and the Shaping of Rome

A detailed examination of one or more ancient authors in translation.

Augustus, the first Roman emperor, famously boasted that he found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble. No less profound than his change to the physical city was his reshaping of Roman society, politics. and culture, especially literature, to conform to his vision of Roman grandeur, grounded in a nostalgic vision of the past and intended to last an eternity. Rome produced some of its most famous authors in this period—Vergil, Livy, Horace, Ovid, Propertius, and Tibullus—but the relationship between literature and power had its dangers. In this course we will start by looking at the figure of Augustus himself and his goals as portrayed in a variety of sources, and we will then examine selected readings from these authors to see how their writings reflected or even promoted Augustus’ totalizing program but also resisted and undermined it.

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CLA 3530 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Thèmes choisis en littérature grecque et latine en traduction: Xénophon, philosophe, historien et ethnographe

Étude approfondie d'un ou plusieurs auteurs anciens en traduction.

L’écrivain grec Xénophon (428-354 av.) est particulièrement connu pour l’Anabase, un récit romancé d’une longue expédition à travers l’Asie mineure, mais il a écrit sur une foule de sujets depuis l’art de la chasse jusqu’à la place de la femme à l’intérieur d’une maisonnée, en passant par des mémoires socratiques. Ce cours mettra l’accent sur le contenu littéraire, social et historique de son œuvre ainsi que sur l’influence de Xénophon dans le développement de la biographie et de l’historiographie ancienne. En étudiant des œuvres (en traduction) comme l’Anabase, les Helléniques, l’Agésilas et l’Économique, nous pourrons également avoir un aperçu de la vie en société et des rapports humains tels que perçus par un auteur du début du quatrième siècle avant notre ère.

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CLA|HIS 4150 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Ancient History Seminar: The Greek East from Alexander to Augustus

Focused investigation of selected themes and topics in Greek or Roman history.

From Alexander’s fabled march to the royal court of Cleopatra, the Greek East is often described by ancient sources as exotic and dangerous, a place of mysterious beliefs, Lucullan luxury, and alluring riches. In essence, the world between Egypt and India was ‘othered’ by the Greek sources: whereas Greeks were seen to be masculine, moderate, logical, and free, so Easterners were portrayed as effeminate, opulent, untrustworthy, and docile. This course examines the East as an idea which appears and reappears in the ancient Mediterranean world between the fourth and the first centuries B.C. The impact of this era and region on antique history is immeasurable, as the period saw Alexander’s campaigns remake ideas about gender, masculinity, and the warrior king; Homer’s Trojan War take on new significance as a fight between Greeks and barbarians over civilisation itself; and Alexandria with its Museion and library become the one of the world’s great cultural capitals. The East is equally the place from where Augustus took his ideas about monarchy when he became the first emperor of Rome. Thus, the East in the period between Alexander and Augustus unifies the entire ancient world, bridging not just the Mediterranean and antique Mesopotamia, but equally classical Greece with Imperial Rome.

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CLA 4551 (Professeure: M.-P. Bussières)

Séminaire de littérature ancienne en traduction: De Homère aux marches de St-Pierre : le parcours de l’épopée dans l'Antiquité

Étude approfondie d'un thème, d'un genre ou d'un auteur de l'Antiquité grecque ou romaine en traduction.

Ce séminaire vise à explorer le développement du genre littéraire épique en grec et en latin. Depuis les épopées fondatrices mises sous le nom d’Homère, en passant par les épopées littéraires d’époque hellénistique et latine, les épopées mythologiques, historiques, ou parodiques (comme la Batrachomyomachie : le combat des grenouilles et des souris) sont toutes distinctes, mais toutes en dialogue. Ce phénomène d’émulation n’épargne pas l’épopée biblique, qui avait pour but de raconter des épisodes de l’Ancien et du Nouveau Testament dans une forme plus littéraire que l’original. Le dernier exemple, les Actes des apôtres d’Arator, a été lu dans l’église St-Pierre-aux-liens au milieu du 6e siècle, faisant durer la pratique du genre jusqu’à la toute fin de l’Antiquité.

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CLA 5902 (Professeur: Jitse Dijkstra )

Recherche scientifique et méthodologie II / Scholarly Research and Methodology II

Survol des Ve et VIe siècles de notre ère (395-602), examen des grandes questions de la période, étude poussée de la méthodologie et des techniques de recherche.

An overview of the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. (395-602), review of the main issues in the period, further consideration of methodology and research techniques.

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SRS 5109 (Professeur: Geoffrey Greatex )

Rome et les Sassanides / Rome and the East

Examen des relations entre l'Iran et l'Empire romain d'Orient depuis la prise de pouvoir des Sassanides jusqu'aux victoires de l'empereur Héraclius.

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LCL 3102 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Latin IV: Selections from Cicero

Introduction to Latin authors including a grammar review component. This course has variable topics and may be taken several times if the themes are different.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C.) was a lawyer, a statesman and a prolific writer who was a contemporary of Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. His works include not only political and legal speeches and works on oratory, but also works on philosophy and religion, and a collection of personal letters that provide a fascinating window into Roman society and politics at the end of the Republic. In this course we will study a selection of his writings from different genres supplemented with some advanced Latin grammar.

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LCL 3152 (Professeur: R. Burgess)

Lucian’s True Stories and Plato’s Apology

Introduction to Greek authors including a grammar review component. This course has variable topics and may be taken several times if the themes are different.

Texts this term include Lucian’s True Stories and Plato’s Apology.

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LCL 4150 (Professeur:J. Dijkstra)

Greek Authors: Longus, Daphnis and Chloe

Study of one or more works of a selected Greek author. Authors to be offered in rotation as advertised by the department.

In this course, Daphnis and Chloe by the second-century author Longus will be central, one of the most famous ancient Greek novels. The novel describes how the two foundlings, brought up by shepherds, come of age and gradually discover love.

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SRS5103 (Professeure: Naomi Goldenberg )

Freud, Jung and Religion

A comparative study of a theme or aspect of religion as manifested in diverse cultures.

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SRS5110 (Professeur(e): A préciser)

Sacred Plant Medicines and Spirituality

The study of sacred plants (ayahuasca, peyote, etc.) from an interdisciplinary perspective. An historical and socio-cultural overview of shamanism, ritual, and religion. A balance between academic and practitioner knowledge will be promoted.

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SRS5928 | 8928 (Professeure: Adele Reinhartz )

La planification et réalisation d'une thèse : définition d'un cadre théorique, formulation de la problématique, mise au point de la méthodologie, détermination des hypothèses et de l'argumentation, préparation d'une description détaillée du projet de thèse, présentation du projet dans un colloque, évaluation et approbation déontologiques, planification et exécution de la recherche et de la rédaction.

The planning and implementation of a thesis: establishing a theoretical framework, formulating the question, refining the methodology, defining the hypotheses and lines of argumentation, preparing a detailed description of the thesis project, presenting the project in a colloquium, obtaining ethics approval, planning and carrying out the research and writing.

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