Marriage and Death in Ancient Greece|
Spring 2010 not offered
Marriage and death; joy and grief. In ancient Greece these were parallel, not opposite. In this course we find out why and how, as we study representations of wedding and funerary ritual in ancient Greek art and literature from the 8th through 4th centuries BCE. The course will include also an introduction to ancient Greek culture, with brief surveys of such topics as sacrificial ritual, vase painting, Greek tragedy, Periclean Athens, Sparta, slavery, oracles, and Greek ideas about the origin of the universe. And we will explore in detail the geography of the ancient Greek Underworld (Hades). Attendance at all lectures is very important for this course; students who miss a significant number of classes will be unlikely to do well.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
A variety of readings in Greek tragedy, history, philosophy, and lyric poetry by Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Sappho, Plato, Lucian, Pausanias, and other writers. These are in the form of online readings or online handouts, which students will need to download and print out. All class lectures will be online in abbreviated form for review. The only texts which students are required to purchase or to download in full are our "mascot" works: Euripides' plays, Alcestis, in which a wife agrees to die in place of her husband, and Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis, in which a maiden believes she is going to marry a famous Greek hero and ends up dying instead.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly or bi-weekly short postings on dropbox (20%); these can be short and/or impressionistic. Two hour exams (multiple choice and short essay; 10% each of four parts; total 40%); grammar, spelling and usage count for the essay. One final paper (3-5 pages; 10%) may be substituted for the final short essay online exam; grammar, spelling and usage count.