This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2016-2017

PLS 13186-1: Classical Greece: Texts and Themes

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Instructor: Christopher Chowrimootoo

Beginning with the wrath of the warrior Achilles in Homer’s Iliad and ending with the praise of love by the tipsy guests at a dinner party in Plato’s Symposium, this seminar will focus on some of the greatest writings of the ancient Greeks. This will involve exploring different literary genres, including epic (Homer), lyric poetry (Sappho), drama (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripedes, and Aristophanes), history (Thucydides), and philosophy (Plato). These foundational works of Western culture have continued to engage readers for over 2000 years—not so much because of the answers they offer as because of the profound questions they raise. Our classes will be grounded in student-led discussion. The goal of the class is to develop crucial skills in reading, critical thinking, writing, speaking, listening, and conducting efficient and stimulating teamwork. You will learn how to present your views clearly, to defend them with evidence from the texts, to accept and offer criticism. The reading load is considerable. Like all courses in the Program of Liberal Studies, Notre Dame’s Great Books major, this is a course for people who love to read and to share their thoughts about what they read. The seminar counts as the first in the required seminar sequence for students who go on to major in the Program of Liberal Studies, and it fulfills the University literature requirement.