Summer 2016 Classics Courses

The Classics Department offers a wide variety of courses through which learners can explore the Greco-Roman world. Courses are divided into three groupings: Classics in English (CLAS), Classics in Latin (LATN), and Classics in Greek (GREK). To see the course descriptions of current offerings, scroll down.

Session I: June 1 – July 15

Classics in English (CLAS)

CLAS/FLET 201 — Ancient Epics

MTWR 9:00–10:40 — Natoli

This course is an exploration of three of the foundational texts of Western civilization: the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. These three works provide the perfect gateway for exploring the culture of antiquity and for investigating our own with a more critical eye. The aim of this course is to develop an understanding and appreciation of these two epics as works of literature; to analyze the circumstances and controversies surrounding their composition; and to deconstruct the socio–cultural issues presented by these works, including their relationship to contemporary ideas.

Class time will be split between direct instruction on various issues raised by the works and group discussion of how these issues can inform our interpretation. Learners will be expected to read sections of these works for each class and to come ready to discuss them. At the end of the course, learners will have the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of these works in depth and to present their findings to the class. Assessment will take the following form: daily reading quizzes, participation, two tests, and an individual presentation. Three hours.