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CLAS 3382 Herodotus I (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Readings (in Greek) from the Histories of Herodotus, the first Greek historian. We will develop Greek reading skills and review grammar as necessary. Along the way, we will meet larger-than-life characters like Croesus, king of Lydia; Solon, the wise Athenian; and Themistocles, the wily trickster. We will explore some major themes of the work: the great deeds of both Greeks and non-Greeks, including the rise to power of both Persia and Athens; the clashing but also overlapping cultures of the Greek world; and the achievements of Greek wisdom and culture. Finally, we will place Herodotus in the cultural context of Archaic Greece and fifth-century Athens, reading the entire Histories and other texts in English, and discuss the place in the Greek literary tradition of this “most Homeric of historians.”


Instructor(s): Mark Thatcher

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 27-Oct-14