Upcoming Offerings for Fall 2017

  • Ancient Medicine

    Lindsay Samson is directing this Ancient Medicine course. This course covers ancient medicine with a focus on Classical texts.  However, we will examine Egyptian and Babylonian documents as vital components in the development of medical thought.  The content has been organized by theme into modules: Gods and Medicine, Philosophy and Medicine, Experimentation and Discovery, Medical Practice, Health and Disease, and Medical Ethics.  This course will not move through material chronologically, and so we have provided a timeline to help you orient the texts.
    This is an inter-institutional course involving faculty from various colleges and universities. We will hold three inter-institutional events, one each month of the course.  The format of these events will vary from guest lecture to collaborative roundtable discussions.  Interaction across campuses is supported and encouraged, whether it be visiting the other class in person or beaming into a class on another campus.
  • Classical Traditions in Science Fiction

    In this course we examine the roles classical antiquity has played in science fiction—in visions of the future and the might-have-been— in various genres and media (short stories, novels, films, etc.). Starting with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (arguably the first science fiction novel), we consider themes of perennial human significance shared between ancient and modern science fictional/fantastic texts (the uses of history, fantastic voyages, knowledge/wonder, technology, etc.), and we explore critical approaches that may help us understand more deeply the similarities and differences between ancient and speculative thought. 
    Moreover, we investigate the stakes students of Greco-Roman antiquity have in the study of science fiction, especially in light of the urgent ethical and epistemological questions this genre raises about the humanities and the very meaning of the ‘human,’ as well as the potential impact science fiction has on popular perceptions of ‘the classics.’ After all, as Julia Haig Gaisser has observed, “classical texts are not only moving but changing targets,” and we repeatedly find writers, artists, and thinkers not only seeking inspiration from classical antiquity, but also, in the process engaging with and transforming—sometimes beyond recognition—classical models, subject matters, and ideas. In this vein, ‘classical tradition’ and ‘classical reception’ constitute a still-emergent but increasingly important field within the discipline of Classics, and consequently we must command some basic concepts, tools, and research techniques (as well as debates about them) that make such study possible and valuable. Students will depart this course with the tools to explore independently their own interests in classical receptions of science fiction.

Upcoming Offerings for Fall 2016

  • Leadership in the Ancient World

    Joel Christensen (Brandeis University) and Norman Sandridge (Howard University) are directing Beyond the Boundaries of Fantasia: An Ancient Imagining of the Future of Leadership, which will be offered on campus at seven colleges and universities (Brandeis University, Emory University, Hobart and William Smith College, Howard University, Tulane University, University of Findlay, and the University of Texas at San Antonio). The entire content for the course, including exercises, may be found online here. Further information about the course is available here. Those who wish to take in the course and are not enrolled in any of the participating institutions should follow this link for information about the tutorial program.

  • Advanced Greek: Greek Hellenistic Literature

    This course focuses on the evolution of Greek literature during the Hellenistic period, which begins with the conquest of Alexander the Great and the founding of the Museum at Alexandria by Ptolemy I Soter. This course will be directed by Dr. Ivana Petrovic and Dr. Andrej Petrovic (both UDurham). More information about the course will be available in August 2016.

  • Advanced Latin: Latin Literature of the Roman Empire

    This course will explore the literature of the Roman Empire through the works of authors who were active during the period beginning with the reign of Vespasian and extending to the death of M. Aurelius. This course will be directed by Dr. Victoria Emma Pagan (UF).  More information about the course will be available in August 2016.

Upcoming Offerings for Spring 2017

  • Herodotus

Please contact us for more information about this initiative or visit our Sunoikisis News page for updates on the course.


Each semester Sunoikisis offers one Greek course and one Latin course, offered in cycles. The Sunoikisis faculty engage in seminars each June to develop these courses. A listing of the complete course cycles is available along with past syllabi and lecture videos on our Greek archives and Latin archives pages.

The cycle of Sunoikisis inter-institutional, team-taught literature courses makes creative use of technology to connect institutions. The use of video conferencing, chat, and online course management software enable the participation of students and faculty from throughout the country.

Each course consists of several elements: readings, online discussion, online common session, and meeting with a campus tutor. Readings and asynchronous online discussion precede and prepare for the weekly online common session. Local faculty and students also arrange meetings on individual campuses.

A different faculty member leads the common sessions each week, in order to expose students to a variety of approaches and expertise. Generally, the sessions consist of an audio lecture and discussion via a chat room. Shortly before the common session begins, students will log into a virtual classroom with an associated chat room, which allow the director of the course to monitor the reception of the audio lecture, ensure that students receive credit for attending, and permit students and faculty members to direct questions to the lecturer. During the lecture, faculty members can display slides on the whiteboard of the virtual classroom.


The current technological infrastructure employs Google Hangout multi-point interactive videoconferencing software, and Sakai, an open source course management system.