CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Section: 002 Love from Plato to Boccacio
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the distinctive and varied ideas about love, friendship and affinity in a series of major classical and early modern works of literature. Some of the works on our syllabus, such as Plato’s Symposium and Dante’s Inferno, offer particularly developed theories and definitions of love. Others suggest their definitions of love more by implication and illustration. The course will use portrayals of love as a way to become acquainted with major works in the European literary tradition, and the topic of love will serve as a springboard for discussion of many other elements of these texts. Examining how each of the works on our syllabus makes use of its predecessors, we will consider how later authors use earlier classical ideas to create surprising and innovative new forms. Along the way we will compare these authors’ quests to understand and describe love with modern conceptions.

Course Requirements:

Four essays, two revisions, bi-weekly short low-stakes writing assignments, participation in discussion.

Intended Audience:

Students interested in the topic and/or needing to fulfill the first-year writing requirement.

Class Format:

Two class meetings per week.

CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Schedule Listing
002 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0199540195
Symposium, Author: Plato ; translated with an introduction and notes by Robin Waterfield., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 039332642X
Metamorphoses, Author: Ovid ; translated and with notes by Charles Martin ; introduction by Bernard Knox., Publisher: Norton 1st ed. 2005
ISBN: 0872207315
Virgil Aeneid Tranlated by Stanley Lombardo., Author: Virgil ; translated by Stanley Lombardo ; introduction by W.R. Johnson, Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company 2005
ISBN: 0199537828
Confessions, Author: Saint Augustine ; translated with an introduction and notes by Henry Chadwick., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1a ed. 199 2008
ISBN: 0142437220
The divine comedy : volume one: Inferno., Author: Dante Alighieri; translated with an introduction, notes, and commentary by Mark Musa., Publisher: Penguin Books 2003 Pengu 1971
ISBN: 0140449302
The decameron, Author: Giovanni Boccaccio ; translated with an introduction and notes by G.H. McWilliam., Publisher: Penguin 2nd ed. 2003
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