CLAS 1110 Story/Decep Narr/Anc Rome (Spring: 3 )
How do we make others believe us when we stretch the truth? Ancient Roman literature serves in this course to introduce classic tools of storytelling and deception that we still encounter today. We will study how ancient authors manipulate our perception of the stories they tell and see how these techniques recur in modern examples. Topics include the courtroom strategy of Cicero, political propaganda in epic poetry, Aesopic fables, forged eye-witness reports of the Trojan War, ghost stories, and the account of a man transformed into a donkey. We end with several modern short stories. Readings are in English.
Instructor(s): Brigette Libby
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14