Course Information

Heroes & Classical Epics (WI)

Course ID: CLST 272
School:Arts and Sciences, College of
Program: Classical Studies
Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

This course centers upon the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid and endeavors to place these epic poems into their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Students will learn the definition of epic as a literary genre and discover how this genre evolved to reflect audiences and times. You will learn the components of epic language, in particular, literary devices and structural features (e.g., formulas, nested stories, epic similes). Students will be able to describe the plots of the three epics and know the main- and mid-level human characters, gods, and goddesses. In addition, students will be able to define and better understand the meanings of “hero” and “heroism.” Learning how the epics are variously interpreted as well as basic methods of literary criticism (e.g., analysis of language, content, structure, etc.), students will employ these as ways to understand and interpret the poems.


Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

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B Mon, Wed 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Shellko ONLINE

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