This course explores classical traditions and receptions ? that is, how classical texts work in post-classical cultures. Students examine a given Greek or Roman theme, text, or author, 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. Students learn basic concepts, theories, tools, and research techniques that make such study possible and valuable. Recent versions of the course have focused on Homer?s Odyssey and Science Fiction.
Prerequisites: One previous course in Classics strongly recommended.