What is the course about?
This course examines some of the texts of ancient Greek literature which are central to Western culture and thought. It explores their structure, key themes, and context; their wider influence; and their perennial fascination.
What will we cover?
We will look at the various ancient genres, including epic, lyric poetry, tragedy, oratory, history and the novel across several centuries. Among the authors that we will discover together are Homer and Hesiod, Sappho, Euripides, Demosthenes, Callimachus, Plutarch and Lucian. The full list will be negotiated with the students at the start of the course and will depend on interests and time devoted to each author.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Gain a grasp of the key themes in the texts studied
- Develop an understanding of several ancient genres.
- Appreciate the historical context in which the texts were composed
- Appreciate the texts’ importance for later Western culture and thought.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course, therefore no previous subject knowledge is necessary. Fluency in English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by weekly seminars. There will be regular reading assignments for homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring writing and note-taking material. Some book purchases will be optional.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Classical Greek classes or literature.