Honors | Ideas & Experience I (HON)
H211 | 14443 | Gareth Evans

MW 11:15am-12:30pm

In this course, we will examine the theory and practice of epic
poetry and tragic drama. We will begin with the debate between
Aristotle and Plato about the nature and reliability of art. We will
read Greek, Roman, and Medieval Christian epics, and we’ll compare
Sophoclean and Shakespearean tragedy. In part, out study will
involve examining how the authors we read adopt and adapt the work
of their predecessors. We will be concerned, too, with the values,
goals, and beliefs expressed in the work we read.

Aristotle, Theory of Poetry and Fine Art (Dover)
Plato, The Republic (selections)
Homer, The Odyssey (Fagles translation)
Virgil, The Aeneid (Translation TBA)
Dante, The Inferno (Ciardi translation)
Shakespeare, Hamlet (Arden edition)
Sophocles, Three Theban Plays (Penguin)