will read and discuss numerous masterpieces of Greek literature,
from Homer's epic poem of survival and revenge, The Odyssey,
Euripides's tragedy of Dionysian sensuality and excess, The
Herodotus's colorful and multicultural history of the ancient
Mediterranean world. (For a complete list
of the texts, see the Course Description and Requirements.)
will also watch a film that draws on the archetypal narrative
patterns and themes of classical literature.
will include reference to a variety of material in addition
to the readings themselves, ranging from ancient art works (viewed
through digital slides) to modern works of art and literature.
The latter should help to place the readings in their cultural
context, and highlight some of the similarities as well as significant
differences between ancient Greek and Roman cultures and our
own. We will also take account of different approaches to interpreting
literature, many of which apply very well to written works and
film of today.