CLASSICS 024       

MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE TROJAN WAR    

SPRING 2009

Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-9:45

301 Williams

 

Robert Rodgers, Classics Department, 481 Main Street (Room 103, first floor)

656-4626, <Robert.Rodgers@uvm.edu>

 

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.

 

Textbooks:

The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore

Homer Odyssey, trans. Richmond Lattimore

Aeschylus I Oresteia, trans. Richmond Lattimore

Sophocles Plays

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]

 

 

January

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

 

February

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

 

March

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)

 

April

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.