MWF 11:50-12:40 pm - Professor Farmer
Cross-listed with CLC 411 AX
Swift-footed Achilles, Man-killing Hector, Scheming Odysseus, Faithful Penelope, Pious Aeneas, Unlucky Dido—the most famous characters in arguably the best known epics in Western Civilization. In Classical Epic we will read Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Vergil’s Aeneid, as well as the seminal and the most recent relevant scholarship on these epics as a whole and on many of the individual books therein. Although our approach will be fundamentally contextual - that is we will come to some understanding of the broader context that informs the composition and reading of the texts (e.g., cultural, historical, literary), both in antiquity and in the present day - we will also venture into areas such as narrative technique, the nature of oral poetry and written composition, Greek and Roman religion and philosophy, gender, and text as political propaganda. Texts include Fagle’s translations of the Iliad and Odyssey, and Fitzgerald’s translation of the Aeneid.