In this Core Literature course we will investigate how the ancient Greeks and Romans used traditional narratives and images to explore, explain, and experiment with ideas about the universe. How did existence come to be? What fundamental forces make things happen? What is divine? What is natural? What isn't? Where do human beings fit in? How can human beings get beyond the limits of their humanity? Does gender matter? Death? Communities? These fundamental and transcendent ideas have continued to influence Western thought and artistic production ever since antiquity. No less importantly, they also remain really, really good stories. Class meetings will focus on discussion of selected ancient texts (read in translation), ancient artworks, and experiments of our own.
Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics
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