CLCIV 125 - Mini Course in Classical Civilization
Section: 001 The Epic Cycle: Outside of the Iliad-a reading of Homer's Odyssey and Epic Fragments
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Class Misc Info:
Meets 3/12/09-4/15/09. (Drop/Add deadline=3/18/09.).
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The Epic Cycle, outside of the Iliad: a reading of Homer's Odyssey and epic fragments with supplementary readings from Hesiod and Homeric Hymns.

An introduction to the Cycle, and of classical civilization and mythology -- In the wake of Homer?s Iliad and Odyssey, poets of the seventh and sixth centuries BC composed epics that covered other parts of the Trojan War story or different areas of Greek mythology. Collectively these poems came to be known by Hellenistic scholars in Alexandria as ?The Epic Cycle?. They also present a wealth of fascinating mythological details and provide absorbing variation on the traditional themes presented in Homer. Why are certain themes frequently used (Trojan War, Helen), while others are neglected in various poems, and in still others are recounted in variant and competing versions? This course provides an introduction to the Cycle for students of Greek epic and of classical civilization and mythology in general, through readings in English translation. -- Works treated include 1. Homer's Odyssey, Hesiod's Theogony, Works and Days, and Catalogue of Women, together with the Homeric Hymns to Demeter and Aphrodite; also at least some of the following fragmentarily preserved works: 2. The Titanomachy; 3. The Oedipodeia; 4. The Thebais; 5. The Epigoni; 6. The Cypria; 7. The Aethiopis; 8. The Little Iliad; 9. The Sack of Troy; 10. The Returns Home; 11. The Telegony. Special attention is devoted to the idea of 'Epic' (large-scale narrative poetry about heroes), preservation of the epics (otherwise lost) and their traditions through 'secondary epics' (Virgil's Aeneid, Milton's Paradise Lost) and other retellings (Dictys of Crete's Diary of the Trojan War); the background and dating of Homer's Iliad, the repertoire of mythological names and range of ancient places mentioned in these works.

CLCIV 125 - Mini Course in Classical Civilization
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Mini course meeting 3/12-4/15.
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