Greek and Roman Epic|
Fall 2009 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Hesiod, WORKS AND DAYS / THEOGONY
Apollonius of Rhodes, ARGONAUTIKA
Lucan, CIVIL WAR
Selection from the epics of Ennius and Lucretius and secondary readings on e-reserve.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
"What is an epic?" process writing, four short response papers, midterm examination, and final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions are required and will form a part of your course grade.
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