CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Section: 001 Barbarism
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
CLCIV 101 and 102.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

All cultures need barbarians. The ultimate “other,” they help provide human societies with a stable sense of self by embodying everything “we” are not, whether we construct them as crude and cruel, slaves to the passions, sexually perverse, deluded by the wrong religious beliefs, or generally given to inhuman behavior such as cannibalism and child-murder. In this course we will trace the history of ideas about barbarians from their origins among the ancient Greeks, who invented the term, through the Roman period and into early Christianity. While we note commonalities among these groups, we’ll also discover significant differences in the way barbarism functions. Above all, we’ll reveal the sheer fascination the barbarian exerts, both in the ancient world and on us today. Readings, all in translation, will include historians such as Herodotus and Tacitus, playwrights such as Aeschylus and Euripides, lyric poets including Horace and Propertius, and the epic author Vergil. Numerous selections from visual art and contemporary film will help us fill out the picture. There will be two short (5-page) papers, an hour exam, and a final.

CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Please make sure to have the correct editions of these texts. Do not substitute other editions, since the syllabus and my lectures will refer to page numbers and translations from these editions.
ISBN: 0226307948
Aeschylus., Author: edited by David Grene and Rich, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2nd ed. 1991
ISBN: 0142001406
Alexander the Great : selected texts from Arrian, Curtius and Plutarch, Author: edited by Tania Gergel ; with, Publisher: Penguin 2004
ISBN: 0226307808
Euripides., Author: With an introd. by Richmond La, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 23. Aufl. 1955
ISBN: 0226307840
Euripides : three tragedies : Electra, the Phoenician women and the Bacchae, Author: Euripides ; editors, D.Grene a, Publisher: University of Chicago Press Pbk. ed. 1959
ISBN: 0192833006
Agricola and Germany, Author: Tacitus. Translated with an in, Publisher: Oxford University Press 1999
ISBN: 0679729526
The Aeneid, Author: Virgil ; translated by Robert, Publisher: Vintage Books Vintage cl 1990
Herodotus, The Histories; Aubrey De Selincourt (Translator) Penguin Classics Series Pub. Date: April 2003 ISBN-13: 9780140449082
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