Writing Intensive in Ancient Studies


Many modern readers are familiar with the epic and dramatic literature of Greco-Roman antiquity, but fewer are aware that the same cultures developed a tradition of prose fiction concerned with romance, human psychology and sexuality, exotic travel and adventure, and magical and religious experience. Long excluded from the classical literary canon, though influential in the larger western narrative tradition, these works have recently come to occupy an important place in the study of the ancient Mediterranean world. Students in this course will read the surviving Greek and Roman novels (by Longus, Heliodorus, Petronius, Apuleius, and others) and a few works in other genres that inspired the novelists. Selections from modern scholarship and relevant literary theory will help us consider the novels both as literary texts and as products of their cultural contexts. This course fulfills the Writing Intensive requirement, as all students will write and revise several medium-length analytical papers, and some class time will be devoted to discussion of writing. All readings are in English, and a background in Classics is not required - but a love of adventure and fantasy fiction will be an asset.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; AS LCD; AS WI I; FA HUM; AR HUM; AH AM; AH A

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Writing Intensive in Ancient Studies
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