Classical Studies | Topics in Classical Studies: The Secret History of Classical Texts
C491 | 14298 | Balint


CLAS-C 491  Topics in Classical Studies:
The Secret History of Classical Texts
Section 14298 / Balint

Who decided Homer was so great? What actually went on at the Library
of Alexandria? Why were people in 8th-century Switzerland copying
poems about the Roman Civil Wars? How was Catullus “discovered” in
the 13th century? What do “cultural renaissances” have to do with
Greek and Latin? Were the Florentine humanists right to steal
manuscripts of the Classics from libraries? Are they still Classics
if you read them in translation? And, after all, who needs Greek,
anyway? C491 will address these questions and more. If you have read
some Classics and are curious about their long, fortuitous, and
occasionally tragic history, or if you are interested in how
cultural contexts affect what is “Classic” and how people read it,
this course is for you.   (A&H, CSA)