CLASS 2603

CLASS 2603

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

In this course, we will read and discuss a wide range of ancient Greek literary and philosophical works as well as some modern critical and philosophical writings. We encourage active participation in small weekly seminar meetings and supplementary workshops with specially invited guests. Our focus throughout is on close analysis of the texts, and the attempts the Greeks made to grapple with the world around them through literature. The course inquires into the intellectual development of a culture infused with mythological accounts of the cosmos. It asks how poetic forms such as epic and tragedy engage with philosophical ideas while creating intense emotional effects on audiences both during antiquity and beyond. By the end of this course, students will have read a wide selection of Classical Greek literature and be able to perform close readings and comparative analysis of text and culture. In addition, students will hone their discussion and presentation skills in the seminar format, above all engaging with their peers in joint intellectual inquiry.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note This course is designed especially for first-year students.  All interested students are invited to apply online.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (LA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)

Comments No knowledge of Greek is necessary: all texts are in English translation.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6987 CLASS 2603   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    This course is designed especially for first-year students. All interested students are invited to apply online (https://classics.cornell.edu/class-2603-application-fa22).