Classical Studies | Classical Epics
C311 | 26267 | Betty Rose Nagle

Classical Epics

In this class students will read, think about, discuss, and write
about four epics from the classical Greek and Roman world: Homerís
Iliad and Odyssey, Apolloniusí Argonautica, and Virgilís Aeneid.  In
general, the topic is the changing nature and role of the hero.
Because you will be reading English translations of works originally
composed in Greek and Latin, some time will be spent on issue related
to the topic of translation.  Because these works were intended to be
read aloud, and in Homerís case, were composed and transmitted
orally, students should expect to read aloud in class on a regularly
basis from assigned readings.  We may also spend some time
considering the way classical epics have been translated into film.