Courses in GREAT BOOKS (DIVISION 382)

201. Great Books. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 191 or Classical Civ. 101. (HU).

This course will introduce the student to a number of the great books of ancient Greece and Rome. We will read epics and tragic dramas as well as in historical and philosophical texts. Our books will be chosen from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil's Aeneid, selected tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, selections from the History of Herodotus and/or Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, and some of Plato's Socratic dialogues. Requirements include probably two essays, two exams, and participation in discussions and debates, the lifeblood of the class. This class presupposes no knowledge of classical literature or ancient history, seeks to allow the student to become privy to some of the most significant currents of thought emanating from the ancient world, and promises to hone everyone's rhetorical and literary skills.


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