Single Combat in the Ancient World|
This course celebrates the clash of warriors in warfare, sport, and spectacle in the classical world. Using primary sources and archaeological evidence, the class will survey traditions of combat in ancient art, literature, and society, beginning with Greek and Near Eastern epic; the ancient Olympic combat sport of boxing, wrestling, and pankration; and, finally, Roman gladiator spectacle. We will examine the role of violent sport in Greek and Roman society, the reception of the competitors, and the use of these events for political or nationalistic ends. Throughout the course we will explore the flexibility of concepts such as military ethics, "western" warfare, violence, honor, and excellence, both in the classical world and in our modern lives.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARCP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYI|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
D. Potter, THE VICTOR'S CROWN: A HISTORY OF ANCIENT SPORT FROM HOMER TO BYZANTIUM
J. Goldstein, WHY WE WATCH: THE ATTRACTIONS OF VIOLENT ENTERTAINMENT (1998)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly writing assignments and 2 longer papers.
|Instructor(s): Birney,Kate Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 19|