Courses in GREAT BOOKS (DIVISION 382)

201. Great Books of the Ancient World. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 191 or Classical Civ. 101. (4). (HU).

"Oft of one wide expanse had I been told/ That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne." Keats. "The European philosophical tradition consists of a series of footnotes to Plato." - Whitehead. "I salute thee, Mantovano, / I that loved thee since my day began!/ Wielder of the stateliest measure/ ever moulded by the lips of man!" Tennyson, "To Virgil." Homer, Plato, and Virgil can all be considered in some ways as founding texts of European civilization; the recognition of this is one of the elements that lets us talk about a Western tradition. This course will be both a celebration of these great works and a consideration of what that "greatness" means for us now, when literary canons are open to criticism. In addition to these three authors, we will discuss works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Ovid, and others. Two papers, one final. Cost:2 WL:2 (West)


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