The Greek and Roman Epic: Homer and Virgil

Summer 2020 Second Session
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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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.

 

Registration

Summer 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Second Session (4): 40028

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

Literary studies and teaching

Credits
4
Maximum Enrollment
25
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Schedule

Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia