The Ancient Greek Hero (Gen Ed 1074)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020


How did ancient Greek heroes, both male and female, learn about life by facing what all us have to face, our human condition?
 

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Gregory Nagy

How to face death? Concentrating on this central human question, we will explore some of the greatest works of ancient Greek literature (in English translation). For the Greeks, a special way to address the problem of death was to think long and hard about what they called heroes in their myths. Our purpose in this course is to extend that kind of thinking to the present. Assignments invite you to engage in personal reflections on the meaning of life and death in the light of what we read in Greek literature about the ordeals of becoming a hero.

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