read and discuss a variety of literary works pertaining to Greek
and Roman mythology, from Homer's epic about combat and the
allure of violence, The Iliad, to Sophocles's
tragedy of extreme physical and psychological trauma, Oedipus
Rex, to Ovid's exquisite etiological poem, The Metamorphoses.
(For a complete list of the texts, see the Course Description
and Requirements.) We will also watch a film that draws on the
archetypal narrative patterns and themes of classical myth.
All discussions will include reference to a variety of material
in addition to the readings and film, ranging from ancient art
(viewed through digital slides) to modern works of art and literature.
The latter should help place our classical 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.