A study of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. Homer's epics form the cornerstone of the western poetic tradition, while Virgil's adaptation gave Rome its imperial anthem. These poems defined and celebrated a heroic ideal for their cultures but also confronted the brutality and tragedy that war - the necessary condition for that ideal - inflicted on them. The sustained grandeur and emotional nuance of the verse have inspired poets for thousands of years, from Dante and Milton to Eliot to H.D. We discuss the works in an online seminar and respond to them in interpretive and creative writing.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.
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Literary studies and teaching