CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Section: 002 Orpheus Redux
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The figure of Orpheus, famed in Greek and Roman myth for his ability to charm beasts, trees, and even rocks with music, has persisted as the archetypal artist since antiquity. Equally enduring has been the myth of Orpheus’ failed descent to the underworld to recover his wife Eurydice, followed by his gruesome death. This course explores the ways in which writers, artists, and musicians (Orpheus’ descendants) have kept the figure of Orpheus alive through interpretive and creative appropriations of his myth. Through close reading, seeing, and listening, students will work with literature, the visual arts, and performance (including philosophy, poetry, painting, film, opera, and theater) toward an understanding of Orpheus as the quintessential signifier of the impulse to animate the classical past.

Course Requirements:

Active participation in class meetings, attendance at performances, and writing assignments of various types and lengths. No exams.

Intended Audience:

First-year students only.

Class Format:

Two discussion sessions per week. In addition, there will be at least one performance (perhaps more) requiring attendance outside of class (to be announced at the start of the term).

CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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