Course Number: CLAS 13186-2
Instructor: Elizabeth F. Mazurek
Troy, the first great city represented in Western literature, inspired a cycle of myths that fascinated ancient Greek and Roman writers from Homer in the 8th century BC to Ovid in the 1st century AD. This seminar will focus on Trojan myths as they appear in ancient Greek and Roman poetry written by a variety of authors in different time periods—e.g., Homer’s Iliad, Euripides’ Helen, Vergil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Heroides. It will also consider the enduring popularity of these myths in popular culture. Our goal will be, first, to identify and analyze changes and continuities in treatments of the myth over time, and, second, learn more about the history of Greek and Roman literature and its modern reception. This is a writing intensive seminar in which students will develop their critical writing skills through a combination of short discussion papers and longer essays.