CLCIV 480 - Studying Antiquity
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Ovid, Metamorphoses and Reception
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Open only to majors in Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology, Classical Language and Literature, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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Over the last two thousand years, very few works of literature (if any) have been as popular as Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The influence of these myths of transformation extends across ages, languages, and cultures, and across literature, music, and the visual arts, from the medieval Ovide moralisé to Dante, Petrarch, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Titian, Milton, Goethe, Kafka, Woolf, Picasso, Britten, Hughes, Heaney, Byatt, and Atwood—to give only a few of the most famous names. Each week, we will read one book of Ovid’s epic in translation, focusing on one of its best-known stories (e.g. Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, Baucis and Philemon, Pygmalion). We will then look at how that story has been retold by other writers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers from antiquity to today.

Students enrolled in CLCIV 480.001 (2 credits) must also take the accompanying research seminar, CLCIV 480.002 (1 credit).

Course Requirements:

Course participation; presentations; staged writing assignments; peer review; final project.

Intended Audience:

Majors or minors in any field in the Department of Classical Studies. Non-majors with the appropriate background in Classical Studies are also welcome.

Class Format:

Two seminars per week.


CLCIV 480 - Studying Antiquity
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
M 1:00PM - 3:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LEC)
 In Person
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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