The Great Greek Creation Myth: Hesiod's Theogony|
In this seminar, we will read Hesiod's Theogony, the Greek creation myth, in the original ancient Greek and examine this fabulous work in light of other creation stories of the ancient Near East, Egyptian, and Hittite cultures by which it was influenced. Through examination of structural themes and motifs (how the universe was created and ordered, the role of violence, the origins of an application of justice, the creation of mankind, the shaping of women), we will discuss whether and how the Theogony diverges from other creation myths to establish or reflect values that can be said to be uniquely Greek. Discussion will be supplemented by passages from Hesiod's Works and Days, along with other creation myths and secondary scholarship.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Hesiod's THEOGONY with selections from WORKS and DAYS. Other readings TBD
|Examination and Assignments: |
Daily translation, 2 research presentations/papers throughout the semester.
|Instructor(s): Szegedy-Maszak,Andrew Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK312; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 1||SO: 1||FR: 1|