Classics 34: Arts & Literature / Philosophy & Values Breadth

Classics 34: Epic
fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature and Philosophy & Values

TTh 12:30-2:00, 121 Latimer
Instructor: Marissa Henry marissahenry@berkeley.edu

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Description: In this class, we will read the two major surviving epics of archaic Greek literature, the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as the most famous Roman epic, the Aeneid, and learn about their origins and cultural significance. These poems, one a story of power struggle and the dangers of vengeful anger, the second of adventure, homecoming, and family, and the last of romance, duty, and conquest, have resonated with listeners and readers throughout the millennia. This class is an opportunity to read these timeless poems slowly and thoroughly, to analyze their language, themes, and structure, and to gain insights into how they influenced much of the Western literature that succeeded them.  

Requirements: Weekly 1-page written responses; one paper of 4-6 pages; one midterm; one final.