[Loyola University Chicago]

CLST 272-001: Heroes and Classical Epics

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Fall Semester 2015

Students taking this Tier 2 Literary Knowledge Core course will engage with three cornerstone texts of Classical antiquity - Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and Vergil's Aeneid - in order to explore how storytelling, mythology, human relations, and transcendent values function within them. Why did ancient Greeks and Romans love these long poems so much? Why did they keep turning to them in order to define what their civilizations were all about? How do the epics operate as literature? What ideas about "being heroic," leadership, community, home, gender, war, travel, loss, victory, and human aspirations do they reflect, and reflect upon, and change? Class meetings will center on collaborative discussion, with occasional forays into creative performance.

Successful students of this course will:

Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 8:15am-9:05am
Crown Center 140
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Office Hours:
MWF 9:15am-10:15am, Crown Center 563
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 24 July 2015 by jlong1@luc.edu