Course Description: Homeric epics, Virgil's Aeneid, selections from tragedy dealing with the Trojan War and Greco-Roman cultural identity. Examples from art and archaeology supplement the literary theme. Cross-listed with: WLIT 024.
Section Description: Reaching back into the pre-historic oral age of epic heroes and the realms of mythology, this course searches for truths about the Trojan War, a war fought against Troy by Agamemnon and Menelaus to recover Helen, stolen by Paris. The Greek alphabet was invented probably to record the Iliad and the Odyssey, and Ancient Greece treated the epics as secular scriptures, the repository of their culture. Western theater was from the start fascinated with the war: all three great Athenian tragedians wrote multiple plays about it. Plato banished it from his Republic. Later, the Romans and others claimed a piece of the war and its heritage by tracking the fate of the heroes who fought in it. Later still, in modern times, archaeologists and linguists tried to find the historical truth behind the legends (and created legends of their own). War is fundamental to human experience, and the works of literature written about this war are fundamental to European culture. Great literature, mythology, history, orality, archaeology, art history, psychology, ethics, and more form the conceptual core of this course.
|MWF||12:00 - 12:50||L/L COMMONS 315|
Instructor(s): Jacques Antoine Bailly
Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017