HUM 304

Ancients and Moderns

This course focuses how certain "modern" European and American writers and artists from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries have responded to ideas, symbols, and mythology of the ancient Greco/Roman world in order to understand and express their own contemporary modern experience. Themes and topics in the class may include the appropriation of ancient pagan attitudes regarding Christianity, the influence of Greco/Roman civic virtue on the idea of the modern citizen, or the image of the city of Rome and its influence on the idea of the modern city. While course material may vary according to the interests of the instructor, and the modern period under consideration may be extensive or narrow (some professors, for example, may choose to concentrate on only the eighteenth century, or on the twentieth; others may prefer to survey eighteenth through twentieth), this class nonetheless puts students in contact with both ancient and modern subject matter and materials.

Prerequisites: Credit will not be granted to students who have completed HUM 321.