CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Section: 001 War and Remembrance
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course centers on Homer’s Iliad, a touchstone from antiquity to this day for understanding the experience of war and its call to remembrance. We will begin with a close reading of the poem, exploring the dynamic relationship between content and composition, in particular the tension between the narrowly circumscribed subject, as stated in Homer’s opening words (“the anger of Achilles”), and the expansive narrative that transforms this subject into an evocative tale of human experience as conditioned by war. From there we will explore the dramatization of the Trojan War’s final stages in Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes, taking into consideration how these plays engage with Homeric ideas; in tandem, we will view a staging of these plays by the Theater of War ( as part of the symposium “Our Ancient Wars” to be held at UM on March 23-24, 2012. At the end of the course, we will explore how Euripides’ Trojan Women reframes the Iliad and the Trojan War’s aftermath from the female point of view. Alongside the ancient texts, we will read a selection of contemporary writing that reveals the various ways in which the Iliad can serve as a vehicle for thinking about war and remembrance in the modern era.

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CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0226469409
The Iliad of Homer, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1952
ISBN: 9780226307862
Sophocles II, Author: Sophocles., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1969
ISBN: 9780226307824
Euripides III [Four tragedies] Hecuba;, Author: Euripides., Publisher: University of Chicago press 1958
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