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).

All you really know is that you're going to die; now, how are you going to spend the rest of your life? The Greeks were intensely interested in exploring issues surrounding human mortality, and in this course we will explore their responses to the fact of death, from Achilles' moral dilemma in the Iliad to Athens' choices about justice and self-interest in the Peloponnesian War, to Pentheus' destructive confrontation with his own nature in the Bacchae. In the works of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Thucydides, and Aristophanes we will encounter men and women who wrestle with their own mortality; their actions reveal what is important in life to them. These books initiated a discussion about this and related questions about war and peace, justice and self-interest, the individual and the community - which continues to our own day. Throughout, the Greeks emphasize the importance of human choice. The format will be lecture and discussion. Requirements: weekly quizzes, one paper, final exam, class participation. Cost:2 WL:1 (McLetchie)


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