CLSS-160 Introduction to Roman Literature
Fall for 2013-2014
This course will survey a range of ancient Roman literature from the late republic and early empire. Genres to be read include epic, history,lyric, and novels, covering the works of authors such as Cicero, Livy, Horace, Virgil, Ovid, Apuleius and others. A central theme of the course will be the profound importance of Vergil's Aeneid as both a work of art and a culturally definitive poem. We will study the literary background to Vergil's epic and then consider various ancient reactions to and interpretations of it. In the process, we will pay attention to formal aspects of the works that are common to so much western literature.
*Readings in English.*
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