PLS 13186-1: Ancient Greece: Civilization & Savagery

Instructor: Gretchen Reydams-Schils

Literature University Seminar

Find out why some books are so enthralling that they have captivated readers for two and a half millennia. We will read, discuss, and write about great works from ancient Greece, including Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey; tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; Thucydides’ history of the terrible war between Athens and Sparta; and a selection of Socratic dialogues. Besides offering an opportunity to consider some of the foundational texts of Western culture, the class will also serve as an introduction to the “Great Books” approach of the Program of Liberal Studies, in which students develop and test interpretations of classic texts through careful reading and active discussion.

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