Five College Consortium

Greek Civilization

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Women's & Gender Studies

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Amherst College

(Offered as CLAS 123 and WAGS 123.)  We read in English the major authors from Homer in the 8th century BCE to Plato in the 4th century in order to trace the emergence of epic, lyric poetry, tragedy, comedy, history, and philosophy. How did the Greek enlightenment, and through it Western culture, emerge from a few generations of people moving around a rocky archipelago? How did oral and mythological traditions develop into various forms of “rationality”: science, history, and philosophy? What are the implications of male control over public and private life and the written record? What can be inferred about ancient women if they cannot speak for themselves in the texts?  Other authors include Sappho, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Thucydides.  The course seeks to develop the skills of close reading and persuasive argumentation. Three class hours per week. 

Spring semester.  Professor Griffiths.

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Greek Civilization
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Frederick Griffiths

MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM

BEBU 107