CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Section: 003 The Journey and the Self
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the motifs of the journey and the development of individual identity in a series of major classical and early modern works of literature ranging from Homer's Odyssey to Dante's Inferno. The works on our syllabus share the metaphor of life and identity as a journey, combined with definitions of a good or bad life, and varied attitudes toward the pursuits of adventure, experience and knowledge. Our reading list will serve as a springboard for discussion of a range of other features of these texts as well. Students will become acquainted with foundational works in the European literary tradition, including the Odyssey, the Republic of Plato, Virgil’s Aeneid, St. Augustine's Confessions, the Metamorphoses by Ovid, and Dante’s Inferno. We will examine how each makes use of its predecessors and consider how later authors use earlier classical ideas to create surprising and innovative new forms.

Course Requirements:

Four essays, two revisions, bi-weekly short low-stakes writing assignments, participation in discussion.

Intended Audience:

First-year students interested in the topic and/or needing to fulfill the first-year writing requirement

Class Format:

Two meetings per week.

CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Schedule Listing
002 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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