CLSC 200

Introduction to Classical Literature

This course is a true survey ¿ a dizzying whirl through first Greek, then Roman writings. A central and unifying concern is how the various works students read in part react to the earlier Homeric material as well as how they expand and/or contradict Homeric notions of heroism, right action, knowledge, poetic ambition, the roles of gods, women, and slaves, authority, justice, et cetera. Texts from the time of Homer to the late Roman Empire are studied with an eye to how they echo and reshape the world of ideas within Homer¿s Iliad to speak to their own time period.