Classical Studies | Greek Lit In Translation
C350 | 27823 | Nagle, B


C350     Greek Literature in Translation		B.R. Nagle

Greek myths of gods and heroes are the subject matter for most of
ancient Greek literature.  In this course we will explore the varied
uses Greek writers of different historical periods made of that
material, how, for example, the tragedian Euripides used one part of
the myth of the Trojan War to comment on a recent atrocity committed
by his own city of Athens, while his older contemporary Sophocles
used another part to reflect on a change in the way elite Athenians
were educated for civic life; or how the lyric poet Pindar used myths
to celebrate the winners of athletic contests such as the Olympic
Games, or how the philosopher Plato incorporated original myths of
his own in his dialogues; or how both the “Father of History”—
Herodotus— and the earliest Greek philosophers was influenced by
mythic views of the world.

We will read Homer’s Iliad; Hesiod’s Theogony; Apollonius’
Argonautica; tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides;
comedies by Aristophanes; and selections from the Homeric Hymns,
Homer’s Odyssey,  Pindar, Theocritus, Herodotus; the pre-Socratic
philosophers, and Plato.

This course is recommended for students who are taking C205, or have
already taken it.  It will be excellent preparation for students
planning to take C321 (“Greek Myth in Film”) in Spring 2011.

Requirements:  a variety of written assignments and  participation in
class discussion