GREEK 870 - Topics in Greek Literature
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Aristotle's Poetics
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Greek (GREEK)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course will consist of a close reading and interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics and related texts in the original Greek. The Poetics is the foundational work of Western literary theory, aesthetics, and linguistics, and has had a profound influence on notions of genre, plot, character, diction, and the purpose of poetry, in the notoriously controversial idea of catharsis. Since the Poetics was Aristotle's lectures rather than a published work and was the last item in the Medieval collection of his corpus, it is not well preserved. However, improved readings and manuscript sources, including Medieval translations into Latin, Syriac, and Arabic as well as new fragments of Aristotle's lost dialogue On Poets found in the Herculaneum papyri, will shed new light on many aspects of it, including the idea of catharsis. The course will test-run a new edition of the Poetics that I have been creating, based on these sources.

Course Requirements:

The relative brevity of the Greek text will be counterbalanced by its difficulty. There will be a midterm and final to measure understanding of the text and a term research paper, which will count for most of the grade.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students with knowledge of Greek. Participants who also know Latin and Arabic will be most welcome. Others may be admitted by permission of the instructor.

Class Format:

One three hour meeting per week


GREEK 870 - Topics in Greek Literature
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM

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