Epic, history, philosophy, tragedy, comedy, lyric: invented or reinvented by the Greeks and Romans, transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean to modern world literature. Whether you are completely new to this material, or looking to connect texts already read with texts not yet read, in this course we will explore some fascinating examples of literature and thought. Homer and Virgil; Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; Herodotus and Tacitus; Catullus and Ovid; Sappho, Plato and more: great authors who have been shaping great conversations for over 2000 years. Three lectures each week, team-taught by the entire faculty of the Department of Classics; twice-weekly discussion sections in which you will find out how these texts talk to each other and how they can talk to you.
Students in previous quarters have said:
"The different lecturers was an incredible way to run the class. I loved hearing from new people on different topics."
"It was insightful and interesting and different from my previous classes."
"It was both entertaining and educational to read so many classic plays/poems and tragedies from both Greek and Roman literature."
"Excellent class; especially grateful for the team-teaching character of the class -- different instructors' style presented."
"I enjoyed all the stories and it expanded my knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology."
"I enjoyed the analysis and comparison of ancient works. It was interesting to see the parallels between ancient works and modern topics."
"I enjoyed being able to learn more about Greek and Roman history."
Grades are determined as follows:
Participation in sections: 15%
Final examination: 40%
Questions? Contact the Classics department at firstname.lastname@example.org
M W F 10:30 - 11:20 JHN 111
Section AA: T Th 10:30 -11:20 in SAV 168 García
Section AB: T Th 11:30-12:20 in ART 004 García
PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED
Professor Olga Levaniouk Office: Denny M262B (phone messages 543-2266)
Office hours: MW 12:30-1:30.
Edgar García Office: Denny 400K
All mailboxes are located in the Classics Department Office, Denny 262 (543-2266)
Professors Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levaniouk, Levin-Richardson, Stroup, and Topper
Required Reading (Available at the University Bookstore)
Homer's Iliad, trans. Green
Greek Tragedies Vol. I ed. Greene and Lattimore (3rd Edition)
Euripides, Medea, trans. Taplin.
Aristophanes' The Clouds , trans. Henderson
Plato’s Symposium trans. Sharon
Apollonius of Rhodes, Jason and the Golden Fleece, trans. Hunter
Plautus, The Pot of Gold and Other Plays, trans. Watling
Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe trans. Englert
Aeneid of Virgil trans. Fitzgerald
Ovid’s Metamorphoses trans. Melville
Seneca's Phaedra trans. Ahl
Selections from: Greek Lyric, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Catullus, Juvenal and Tacitus (available on Canvas under pages, see below)
The Final Exam will be held on Monday December 9, 2019, 8:30-10:20 in JHN 111
Nov. 11 Veterans day, Nov 28-29, Thanksgiving
Midterm: Wednesday, October 30
Final Exam: Monday, December 9, 8:30-10:20AM
Course Policies and useful links:
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