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Department of Classics and Early Christian Literature

Department of Classics and Early Christian Literature. What is a Classic? . “A Classic is something everyone wishes to have read, but no one wants to read .”.

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Department of Classics and Early Christian Literature

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  1. Department of Classics and Early Christian Literature

  2. What is a Classic? “A Classic is something everyone wishes to have read, but no one wants to read.”

  3. The classics, referring to the literature of Greek and Roman civilizations, were established between the 4th century B.C. and the 4th century A.D. A curriculum based on that literature was already formed in the early Christian centuries.

  4. Christianity and Classical Culture? • “Quid Athenae Hierosolymis?” Tertullian • “Ciceronianus es, non Christianus !” St. Jerome • “polla\ me\n poihtai~j,suggrafeu~si, filoso/foij prosekte/on” St. Basil.

  5. AMU department of Classics and early christian literature • Committed to the study and teaching of the language, literature, and culture of Greco-Roman antiquity, the early Christian centuries, and the living classical tradition.

  6. The Bible in Greek and Latin Greek New Testament, Septuagint, Vetus Latina, Biblia Vulgata, Extracanonical books (e.g., Protevangelium of James, Gospel of Nicodemus)

  7. Greek Fathers of the Church • Apostolic Fathers, Irenaeus, Origen, Athanasius, Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Basil, John Chrysostom, Romanos, Akathist Hymn, John of Damascus

  8. Latina Vox ecclesiae • Latin Patrology: Tertullian, Ambrose, Augustine • Medieval Latin: Peter Lombard, Abelard, Thomas Aquinas • Neo-Latin: Pope Pius II, Thomas More • Contemporary: Vatican II documents, Encyclicals.

  9. Classics courses within the Ave Maria University curriculum • CORE: Elementary and Intermediate Latin language for B.A. candidates. • MAJOR: Attic and biblical Greek language, elementary to advanced. • Advanced Latin courses. • SPECIAL: Topics on the Greco-Roman world, early Christian life and letters, and the classical tradition for related majors and graduate students.

  10. Golden Age: Latin readings: Lucretius, Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Ovid. Latin Epistolary Writing Latin Prose Composition Latin Church Fathers Scholastic Latin Texts Special Topics (e.g., Lactantius, Conciliar documents) Elementary and Intermediate Greek NT and Patristic Greek Greek Poetry Greek Church Fathers Greek Special Topics Gradus ad Parnassum

  11. Classics Department Faculty • Andrew Dinan, Ph.D. Catholic Univ. Plutarch,Philo of Alexandria, Clement. • Bradley Ritter, Ph.D. Berkeley. Roman Republic, Hellenistic Judaism. • Daniel Nodes, Ph.D. Toronto. Greek and Latin Fathers, Renaissance humanism. • Rev. Piotr Paciorek, S.T.D, Marian Studies, Christian Latin, St. Augustine

  12. Work in Progress • Preparing reading courses in a genre framework including secular and Christian writings • Assessing language proficiency and knowledge of the literature • Maintaining highest standards of scholarship in students and faculty • Building a small, well integrated, high-quality major program (currently nine majors) • Assisting graduate students in classical language acquisition and the reading of primary sources • Conducting summer programs in classical languages, literature and culture. • Anticipating co-curricular activities for interested students and faculty.

  13. Res Publica LitterarumAdvantages of Study by Genre • Allows for range across classical and Christian authors • Promotes exploration of similarities and differences within genres: • Cicero’s orations/ Augustine’s homilies • letters of Seneca/ letters of Leo • history of Tacitus/ history of Bede • Vergil’s poetry/ biblical epic

  14. AReply to Mark Twain • “A classic is a work which people say they are re-reading even when they are reading it for the first time.” • “Classics never exhaust all they have to say to their readers.” • “Classics are works to which you cannot remain indifferent, and which help you define yourself in relation to them.” (“Why Read the Classics?” novelist Italo Calvino)

  15. Studia Humanitatis • Education as formation and not merely as information. • “Homosum; humani nil a me alienum puto” Terence. • “Delectatio perficit operationem.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theolog. citing Aristotle.

  16. Exegi monumentum aere perennius. Horace Odes 3.30

  17. AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY The Department of Classics and Early Christian Literature Spring Colloquium a lecture and workshop by Dr. Francis Cairns Professor of Classics, The Florida State University “The Mistress’s Midnight Summons:Tibullus and the Latin Lyric” Followed by a review of graduating senior research projects. Friday, 28 March 2007 Lecture: 3:30 p.m. Stella Maris Main Chapel Discussion: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Loyola Hall 119-120 Both events are free and the campus community is cordially invited.

  18. Careers for Classicists? • I like it, but what can I do with it? • With B.A., K – 12 Teaching • MAT Degree • Graduate Work in the Classics toward University Teaching • Law, Publishing, Journalism, Communications, Museum Curatorial, Politics, Library, Clergy and Religious, Business, Antiquities, . . . .

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