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).

The Greek and Roman classics pervade Western culture, from Christa Wolf's reworking of the Iliad in Kassandra to Freud's ideas about the Oedipus complex; from Toni Morrison's novels to Bill and Ted's excellent adventure with Socrates. At best this course may make you feel as the poet Keats did on first reading Homer, "like some watcher of the skies when a new planet swims into his ken"; at the least you will come to see some of what has excited readers of these books for two thousand years, and some ways in which they put our contemporary experience into perspective. We will read works by Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Thucydides, Plato, and Vergil. Classes will consist of a short lecture followed by discussion and revelry. Grades will be based on class participation, weekly quizzes, a final exam, and one paper. Cost:2 WL:4 (Rastalsky)


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