[Loyola University Chicago]

CLST 272-001: Heroes and Classical Epics

Attic Red-figure cup, c. 500

Fall Semester 2007

How did "epic" conflicts get their name? Is "heroism" just about men and physical prowess? What makes a leader? Why did ancient Greeks, for a millennium and more, keep turning back to Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in order to define who they were and why it mattered? How did Roman self-fashioning pick up this tradition, and what form did Vergil give it, for ever after, in his Aeneid? This Core Literature course will base itself in close reading and analysis of cornerstone texts of ancient Western literature, in order to explore storytelling, mythology, social relations and gender, war, travel, loss, victory, and human aspiration. Class meetings will center on collaborative discussion, with some forays into creative performance of our own.

Our work will pursue three main aims (plus the fourth, of having fun with all of them):

Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 10:25-11:15 AM
Dumbach Hall 235
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours:
MWF 11:30am-12:00noon, Piper Hall 210
TTh 9:45am-10:15am, Crown Center 553
or by appointment


Schedule of Reading Assignments and Topics

Policies and Assessment

Performances and Performance-Papers

Additional Resources

  • Perseus Project: an evolving digital library for the study of the Greek and Roman worlds.
  • Diotima: a clearing-house of resources on the Internet for the study of women and gender in the ancient world - including much that is relevant to heroes and Classical epic.
  • Lacus Curtius, a treasurehouse of on-line resources for just about everything conceivably relating to Roman archaeology, compiled by Bill Thayer.

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Revised 23 July 2007 by jlong1@luc.edu