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GREEK 462 A: Literature Of Classical Athens

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
SAV 141
Ruby Blondell

Syllabus Description:

Greek 462: Literature of Classical Athens. Winter 2018: Euripides

This course will provide an introduction to Euripidean tragedy focussing especially on questions surrounding female heroism. What, for example, does it mean for a woman to be a hero within the confines of Greek gender ideology? What does heroic excellence look like in a woman? Can a transgressive woman count as heroic, and if so why and how?

We will read Euripides' Helen in Greek, supplemented by readings in English. The latter will include a general introduction to tragedy, plus two plays that offer very different models of female heroism: Medea and Iphigenia at Aulis. Class time will be occupied primarily with translation and discussion of Helen, but the other plays will be used for comparison and general discussion. You will also learn how to scan the iambic trimeter (the meter of tragic dialogue). Midterm and final will include translation, scansion, and essays. Written assignments will include short response papers on the English readings and a longer term paper.

Please note that this is an advanced-level Greek class.  It's my expectation that you will have completed the intermediate sequence here at the UW (concluding with Greek 307) or its equivalent or beyond.  If you are in doubt, please ask (

Required books:

Allan, William. 2008. Euripides: Helen Cambridge University Press.
Blondell et al., Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (Routledge 1999)

Catalog Description: 
Readings and discussion of selected authors of classical Athens.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:05pm