CLAS 235
The Garden in the Ancient World Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 235 / REL 235 / CLAS 235 / ENVI 232

Class Details

Drawing on the literature, art, and archaeology of ancient gardens and on real gardens of the present day, this course examines the very nature and experience of the garden and the act of gardening. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we will explore the garden as a paradise; as a locus for philosophical discussion and religious encounter; as a site of labor, conquest, and resistance; and as a place for solace, inspiration, and desire. This course will be grounded in crucial readings from antiquity, such as the Hebrew Bible, Homer, Sappho, Cicero, Lucretius, Vergil, Horace, Columella, and Augustine, and in the perspectives of more modern writers, from Jane Austen and Tom Stoppard to contemporary cultural historian George McKay. Ultimately, our goal is to analyze conceptions and expressions of beauty, power, and love-in the garden. All readings are in translation.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3503
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, short written assignments, and a final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Classics majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 235 Division I REL 235 Division II CLAS 235 Division I ENVI 232 Division I
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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