lat.22.2006

lat.22.2006 - Latin 22 Literature of the Republic `06 F: 2...

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Latin 22 Literature of the Republic Instructor: Margaret Graver ‘06 F: 2 hour (1:45-2:50 MWF) Reed 310A Dist: LIT; WCult: EU. LUCRETIUS The title of Lucretius’ poem suggests a treatise on natural science, and in fact there is a good deal of natural science in the poem, both what we would call theoretical physics (e.g. the Law of Conservation of Matter) and what we would call psychology (e.g. how dreams work) and anthropology (a rudimentary theory of evolution). In addition, there is an urgent concern with certain topics in ethics: how to manage certain fears, how to handle sexual urges, how to rise above ordinary sources of distress. The poetry itself is alternately very technical and richly beautiful. Lucretius was an important poetic influence on both Vergil and Ovid. The class will read extensively from the De Rerum Natura in Latin and will also study materials in English that introduce related ancient texts and some contemporary views on Lucretius’ project. Assessment is by weekly translation quizzes, short writing assignments on assigned topics, one or two class presentations, and a final paper. There is no final examination. This course is open to any student who has either taken Latin 10 or has had significant
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