GTBOOKS 201 - Great Books of the Ancient World
Section: 201 The Knowledge of Good and Evil: Some Varieties of Ancient Experience
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Great Books Program (GTBOOKS)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GTBOOKS 191 or CLCIV 101.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is introductory. Its primary goals are the introduction to classical texts of Western literature and improvement in critical thinking and writing.

In this course, we will read a wide variety of ancient texts, from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, through the poems of Sappho, the books of Genesis and Revelation in the Bible, a number of ancient tragedies, including Euripides’ Bacchae, the dialogues of Plato, and one or two modern texts to wrap things up. Along the way, we will be looking for the particular variety of experience that each text embodies, and attempt to relate it to our own experience.

  • What do we know about experience?
  • What is it, how do we have it, and what does it do?
  • Is “experience” always the same, or does the experience of experience change with time and place?

In the book of Genesis, God says,

“You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

This passage outlines one variety of forbidden experience, linked intimately with knowledge and death. In this course, we will eat from the tree of knowledge, and see what varieties of ancient experience we encounter along the way.

Requirements:

  • two shorter papers
  • one longer paper
  • participation

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GTBOOKS 201 - Great Books of the Ancient World
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