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CLAS 2217 Heroic Poetry: Homer, Virgil, and Beyond (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course has three basic aims: to explore the process of reading literary texts closely, to explore the tradition of heroic or "epic" narrative, and to consider the value of literature in our lives both individually and socially. What is it good for? Readings include selections from the poems of Homer and Virgil, as well as from Milton's Paradise Lost and Pope's mock-heroic Rape of the Lock. We will also read selections from Plato's hostile criticism of literature and from authors who introduce unheroic, even anti-heroic values into an epic.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Charles Ahern

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 05-Mar-14