CLST_5_Epic_F06 - 1 Classical Studies 5 Fall 2006 The...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Classical Studies 5, Fall 2006 The Heroic Vision: Epics of Greece and Rome Antonia Syson MWF 1:45-2:50 Office location: Reed 316 x-hour: Th 1:00-1:50 Office phone: 646 1714 Cell phone: 773-732 8381 Office hours: M 3-3:30 pm, T 10-10:30 am, Th 10-10:30 am, F 3-3:30 pm and by appointment Feel free to email me with questions or to make an appointment to talk in person outside of my drop-in office hours: [email protected] Course description: Epic held a unique position in the ancient world: poets working in other genres would regularly explain why they were not talking about “kings and battles” (“Cupid messed up my meter”). By constantly re-reading and re-interpreting epic poetry, schoolchildren learned to behave as their cultures expected, as well as to speak and write persuasively. In this course we shall read (in English translation) extensive selections from five powerful works: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey , Vergil’s Aeneid , Ovid’s Metamorphoses , and Lucan’s Civil War . We shall examine how these poems succeed in making actions, emotions, and ideas from the (imagined) past meaningful in the present. Epics promise immortality: as recompense for their struggles and inevitable death, mortal heroes win lasting glory from the stories that commemorate their achievements. But the poems also ask profoundly troubling questions about how to measure glory, and how to evaluate human achievements. What happens to those who lose the struggle? How do women or non-“heroic” men shape their lives and their reputations? What role do the gods play in all this? Required texts: Please be sure to use the translations specified below. Other equally valuable translations of these poems are available, but I would like us all to work with the same texts – each translation of a poem becomes something new in itself, and it is these English creations that we will be discussing (but I will often draw your attention to the fundamental Greek and Roman terms and concepts that may be translated into English in many different ways)....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course CLST 5 taught by Professor Antoniasyson during the Fall '06 term at Dartmouth.

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