MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE TROJAN WAR
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-9:45
Robert Rodgers, Classics Department, 481 Main Street (Room 103, first floor)
COURSE OBJECTIVE: Introducing students to a careful reading of ancient works of literature which deal with the general theme of the war between Greeks and Trojans. The theme of the Trojan War was a part of the Greek sense of self-identity, and it was used again and again as the historical-mythological background against which Greeks and their successors turned in recurrent searches to know themselves.
The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore
Homer Odyssey, trans. Richmond Lattimore
Aeschylus I Oresteia, trans. Richmond Lattimore
Euripides Ten Plays
Virgil Aeneid, trans. Fitzgerald
Susan Woodford, The Trojan War in Ancient Art
[Other reading: Michael Wood, In Search of the Trojan War]
13 Introduction: Synoptic Story; Epic as a Literary Genre
15 Homer's Iliad; Woodford, ch. 1-2, Iliad Bks. 1-4
20 Homer's Iliad; Woodford, ch. 3-4, Iliad Bks. 5-8
22 Iliad Bks. 9-12
27 Homer's Iliad; Woodford, ch. 5-6, Iliad Bks. 13-16
29 Iliad Bks. 17-20
3 Homer's Iliad; Woodford, ch. 7-8, epilogue, Iliad Bk. 21-24
5 Homer and History Homer's Odyssey Bks. 1-4
10 Homer's Odyssey Bks. 5-8
12 Homer's Odyssey Bks. 9-12
17 Homer's Odyssey Bks.13-16
19 Homer's Odyssey Bks. 17-20
24 Homer's Odyssey Bks. 21-24
26 MIDTERM TEST
3 TOWN MEETING DAY
5 Homer in the Polis Aeschylus Agamemnon
10,12 SPRING BREAK
17 Athenian Drama Aeschylus Libation Bearers, Eumenides
19 Athenian Drama Sophocles Ajax, Philoctetes
24 Euripides Andromache, Iphigenia at Aulis
26 Athenian Drama Euripides Trojan Women
31 Trojan Women (film)
2 Greece in Italy; Rome; Caesar Aeneid Bks. 1-2
7 Virgil's Aeneid Bks. 3-4
9 Virgil's Aeneid Bks. 5-6
14 Virgil's Aeneid Bks. 7-8
16 Virgil's Aeneid Bks. 9-10
21 Virgil's Aeneid Bks. 9-10
23 Virgil's Aeneid Bks. 11-12
28 The Trojan Theme in European Traditions
Quizzes (in class), announced and unannounced 40%
ALL quizzes are required, except for CERTIFIED ABSENCE. There will be NO MAKEUPS (a missed quiz will count as zero, EVEN for persons who register on or after the date the quiz is given). The two lowest quiz grades will be eliminated from calculation.
Both MIDTERM and FINAL will include an essay on a topic (or topics) to be announced in advance.
Midterm exam (February 26) 30%
MAKEUP will not be allowed except for CERTIFIED reasons (and then the test will take a different form).
Final exam (DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED) 30%
Rescheduling, if necessary, will be permitted ONLY with the instructor's permission received BY March 17 (Tuesday) (Friday).
Students who require special accommodations for quizzes and/or exams should make arrangements with the instructor as early in the course as possible.