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Ancient Literature Courses in English

(No Greek or Latin Required)

Clsx 223. Classical Mythology. 3 cr.

A study of the  major myths of Greece and Rome with attention to contemporary interpretations and the influence on art and literature. Theme Area Creative Arts

Clsx 230. Ancient Theatre. 3 cr.

An examination of the origins and development of ancient tragedy and comedy.

Clsx 231. Ancient Epic. 3 cr.

A study of ancient epic literature with particular attention to the techniques of oral and literary composition.

Clsx 232. Contemporary Literature and Classics. 3 cr.

An investigation of the influence of ancient myth on 20th century French, German, Italian, English and American literature.

Clsx 233. Ancient Satire. 3 cr.

An investigation of the satirical element with reference to the writings of Lucian, Lucilius, Horace, Persius, Martial, and Juvenal.

Clsx 234. Women, Sickness and Sanctity in the Middle Ages. 3 cr.

Students will explore through texts written by and about medieval women the complicated relationship between sanctity, sin, and illness in the Late-Middle Ages.

Clsx 235. Love and Violence in Roman Poetry. 3 cr.

This course will introduce students to representations of love and violence in the elegiac, didactic, epistolary, and epic poetry of the Augustan poet Ovid. The complicated representations of women as both objects and agents of erotic desire and aggression have lead readers to label Ovid a misogynist as well as a proto-feminist. Through close readings and discussions of his texts, students will be encouraged to explore issues of sex and gender in the Augustan Age, according to Ovid, and as translated into his poetry. Students will also work to analyze Ovid's poetry on its own terms, giving attention to the relationship between genre and content.

Clsx 236. Greek, Roman and Medieval Mothers. 3 cr.

An exploration of the representation of mothers, motherhood, and the maternal body in medical, mythological, and religious literature from ancient Greece to the High Middle Ages.

Clsx 260. Classical Tradition in Literature. 3 cr.

A study of the influences of Graeco-Roman civilization on later cultural life through the 19th century.

Clsx 303W Seminar: Women in Antiquity. 3 cr.

This course explores the reality of women’s lives in antiquity, as well as the complexity of male/female interaction, particularly in 5th century BC Greece and the early Roman empire.

Clsx 322: Literature in the Augustan Period. 3 cr.

A reading –in English– of a sampling of the works of Vergil, Horace, Propertius, and Ovid as well as Livy’s histories, focusing on Vergil’s Aeneid, — all literature which would glorify Rome and its beginnings as well as the first emperor’s own lineage.