This course explores classical traditions and receptions--that is, the study of the reception of classical texts in post-classical cultures. Student examine a given Greek or Roman text or set of texts, then trace its impact and reception in diverse genres and media from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. The course seeks to address these diverse texts through a number of themes of perennial human significance and critical lenses. Moreover, 'classical tradition' and 'classical reception' constitute a still-emergent but increasingly important field within the discipline of Classics, and consequently students learn basic concepts, theories, tools, and research techniques that make such study possible and valuable. It is the ultimate aim of this course that, at its conclusion, students are equipped to explore independently their own interests in the field of classical reception(s).
Prerequisites: One previous course in Classics strongly recommended.