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Greek and Roman Epic
CCIV 278
Fall 2007 not offered

This course consists of a thorough introductory study of the epic genre in Greece and Rome. Students will read a selection of ancient poems belonging both to the well-known heroic strain of epic, for which Homer provides the paradigm, and to the cosmological, or catalog strain, exemplified by Hesiod. We will consider how Homer and Hesiod were traditionally read together and how later epics draw upon both. This complication of the popular idea of epic will allow us to investigate how epics combine cosmology and human narratives to explore the place of human beings in the universe; the relationship between gods and mortals; and the connection between moral, social, or historical order and cosmological order. We will finish with a brief look at Milton's use of the ancient epic tradition, focusing on his use of both strains of ancient epic.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CLAS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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