CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Section: 001 Barbarism
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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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 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.

Course Requirements:

There will be two short (5-page) papers, an hour exam, and a final.

Intended Audience:

Students at all levels welcome.

Class Format:

Two lectures per week.

CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780226311449
Aeschylus I : The Persians, The Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliant Maidens, Prometheus Bound, Author: translated by Seth Bernardete and David Grene, Publisher: University of Chicago Press third edit 2013
ISBN: 0142001406
Alexander the Great : selected texts from Arrian, Curtius and Plutarch, Author: edited by Tania Gergel ; with an introduction by Michael Wood., Publisher: Penguin 2004
ISBN: 9780140449082
The histories, Author: Herodotus. Transl. by Aubrey de Selincourt., Publisher: Penguin Books 3., furthe 2003
ISBN: 9780199539260
Agricola ; and Germany, Author: Tacitus ; translated with an introduction and notes by Anthony R. Birley., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissued. 2009
ISBN: 0679729526
The Aeneid, Author: Virgil ; translated by Robert Fitzgerald., Publisher: Vintage Books Vintage cl 1990
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