Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 75
16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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Classical Greece and Rome and Renaissance Italy made some of the Western world's most extraordinary contributions to the written word and the visual arts. These accomplishments continue to captivate artists and thinkers, giving them models and standards to admire, emulate, struggle against, or reject—but rarely to ignore. We will study the texts and monuments of ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age to the Roman period, and Italy, especially Rome and Florence, from the Etruscan period through the 16th century. We will read authors including Homer, Sappho, Virgil, Dante, and Petrarch; artists we study will include Phidias, Praxiteles, Giotto, and Michelangelo. Throughout the program, we will also learn about modern rediscoveries and reinterpretations of these periods. 

In fall, we will investigate the rise of the Greek polis, or city-state, from the ashes of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, as well as that of the Etruscans in what is now Tuscany. In addition to reading primary source materials, we will study the surviving architecture, sculpture, painting, and pottery. Students will have the option of studying ancient Greek or Latin language, or learning digital photography. In winter, our focus will be on the Roman appropriation of Greek art and thought and the later Florentine rediscovery and interpretation of the Classical past. We'll study how the Italians drew on the ideas of classical literature and learning as the basis for revolutions both in artistic practices and the conception of humanity. Greek and Latin students will continue learning the languages, while the photography students will move on to film. In spring - which had been designated as a study-abroad quarter before the pandemic began to intensify in the fall - we will resume our study of Greek and Italian art and literature that we were unable to consider in the first two quarters, as well as to learn more about how modern writers, artists, and scholars have understood and reacted to them.

Throughout the program, students will interpret the texts and monuments in essays, and their mastery of the historical contexts and artistic styles will be strengthened and assessed in written exams. In winter and spring, original research projects will help us reach a new level of understanding of an aspect of our study of special interest to each of us. Participants in the language and photography electives will share their work. 

To successfully participate in this program fall quarter, students will need access to a computer with a functioning camera and microphone, and reliable high-speed internet. Students will also need books, notebooks, pens and good will and humor in these uncertain times along with a willingness to experiment with learning remotely. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 10 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Zoom and Canvas, in addition to at least 24 hours for preparation and completion of assignments. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous participation if conditions require.

Registration

Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10030
Winter 2021 Registration

Continuing students are studying Greek, Latin, or photography for four credits per quarter. Students entering in the winter must be able to demonstrate one quarter of successful study in one of those topics, or enroll in the twelve credit option. Contact Andrew Reece for the CRN and signature override. 

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20011
Spring 2021 Registration

Continuing students are studying Greek, Latin, or photography for four credits per quarter. Students entering in the winter must be able to demonstrate one quarter of successful study in one of those topics, or enroll in the twelve credit option. Contact Andrew Reece for the CRN and signature override. 

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30006

Academic details

Preparatory For

The arts, humanities, education.

Credits
16
Variable Credit Options

Students may enroll for discrete components of the program for four to twelve credits. Contact faculty for options.

Maximum Enrollment
75
Online Learning
Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Special Expenses

$80 in winter quarter for 10 rolls of film. 

Schedule

Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia
May be offered again in
<p>Fall-Spring 2022-23</p>
Revisions
DateRevision 2021-01-06 $80 fee changed to a special expense: students will now cover this cost directly 2020-12-16 $80 required fee added to winter 2020-08-10 This program is now fully remote in fall