Students will read in Latin selected stories from the METAMORPHOSES, Ovid's great un-epic epic, in which he recounts myths of shape-changes from the creation of the world down to his own time and that of the emperor Augustus. Ovid's stories inspire humor, pathos, and horror and may be grotesque or sentimental, sometimes both at the same time. They deal with issues like divinity, power, love, rape, order, and identity, all in classic versions of famous myths influential throughout the centuries, told with the poet's distinctive wit and sense of incongruity. The class will focus on close reading of the Latin text and on Ovid's treatment of the myths and the distinctive approach he brings to the ever-shifting world he describes. The course will include an introduction to Latin meter, and class discussion will address modern critical approaches to Ovid.
The course will discuss the interpretation of selected episodes from Ovid's poem through the close reading of the text and the study of some modern criticism.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CCIV)(CLAS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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Book 1 and selections from later books of Ovid's METAMORPHOSES (in Latin).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three in-class tests in language and three short papers on literary topics. Reading assignments (in Latin) for each class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance. The course is intended for students who have had three semesters of college Latin or the equivalent (typically 4 years high school Latin). In doubtful cases consult the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Roberts,Michael J. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 2||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 9||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 2||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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