University of Notre Dame

Ancient Greece: Literature, Philosophy, Historiography

Course Number: PLS 13186-3
Instructor: Francesca Bordogna

This semester we will read some of the greatest bestsellers ever written. Composed over a period that spans from the eight to the fourth century BC, the Homeric epic poems, Sappho’s lyric poems, Thucydides’ histories, the Greek tragedies and comedies, and Plato’s dialogues have been recited, read, memorized, analyzed, and performed by people for over 2,000 years. These foundational works have spoken in different ways to people in different times and places.

We will put these texts in dialogue with each other, discuss some of the profound questions they raise, and decide whether it is still possible today, as it has been in the past, to think with them.