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MLA Proseminar: Reading the Iliad in an Age of War

MLA Proseminar: Reading the Iliad in an Age of War

Online
Course Number
CLST 517 941
Course Code
CLST517941
Course Key
66042
Day(s)
Tuesday
Time
4:30pm-6:00pm
Instructor
Primary Program
Course Description
Homer's Iliad presents a dark and difficult vision of the world, but one that nonetheless inspires. Casual cruelty, divine caprice, and savage violence test heroes and lesser folk and provoke a reckoning with the stark realities of both human vulnerability and capability. It inspires kind of terror, but still also somehow provides a kind of comfort, albeit one whose character seems almost beyond comprehension. By a close and careful reading of Homer's text, along with some reflections and readings drawn from more contemporary wars, including the current ones, we will try to examine these issues with one eye on the past and one on the present. Our goal will be to achieve some further understanding of war and human experience. This course will be offered online.
Subject Area Vocab