CLCIV 480 - Studying Antiquity
Section: 001 Alexandria: City and Image
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Open only to concentrators in Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology, Classical Language and Literature, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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The focus of this year's Capstone Seminar (CLCIV 480) will be the city of Alexandria in Greek art, literature and thought. Founded by Alexander as a Greek city looking out upon the Mediterranean, its presence in Egypt rendered it a multi-cultural metropolis that in many ways prefigures the modern cosmopolitan large city. In the course of the academic term, we will view this city from a variety of perspectives: as capital of the Ptolemaic kings and center of court patronage; as major port of a vast ancient economy; as cultural image in contemporary and later thought. Our primary sources (all in English) will include Alexandrian poets, philosophers, satirists, and a variety of voices drawn from many aspects of urban society. We will consider how Alexandrians lived, worked, traveled, loved and mourned. A particular focus of this course will be the epigrams, first published in 2001, attributed to the 3rd cent. BCE poet Posidippus, many of which focus on the city, its rulers, its courtiers, and its common people. Together we will examine the ways a city defines itself, and is defined by others. Course requirements include regular attendance and participation, two short oral reports, and a research paper of ca. 30 pages to be submitted at the seminar's conclusion.

CLCIV 480 - Studying Antiquity
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001 (LEC)
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