CLAS 205

Ancient Greece

This course will survey ancient Greek literature, history, and philosophy starting from Homer and Sappho and ending with Euripides and Plato. All works will be studied in their historical and cultural contexts and there will also be consideration of major developments in Greek art and architecture. Much of the focus will be on the political and cultural achievements of 5th century Athens. Key issues will include the beginnings of democracy, the rise of literacy and the birth of philosophy, and the development of tragedy, comedy, and historiography. Offered alternate years. V.1, V.2

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