“Cultural Foundations I” introduces the arts from their origins to the end of antiquity, as defined for these purposes by the roughly coincident dissolutions of the Gupta, Han, and Western Roman empires, focusing on how individuals and social relations are shaped in literature, the visual, plastic, and performing arts, and through music. Conceptions of the divine, the heroic, power and disenfranchisement, beauty, and love are examined within the context of the art and literature of East and South Asia, the Mediterranean world, and contiguous regions (such as Germania, Nubia, and Mesopotamia).
During George Washington University’s 2012 Summer Sessions, a second semester of on-line Classical Latin instruction will be offered to supplement the existing Latin 1001 that has been taught during each of the past two summers. These courses may be taken separately or together as an intensive 12-week introduction to the subject. The paired courses will provide eight semester hours of Classical Latin, the equivalent of a full year of college-level language instruction.