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GRK631: Greek Poetry - Intensive

Depending on the interests of the students and instructor, this course offers readings in either Greek epic or lyric poetry.

Depending on the interests of the students and instructor, this course offers readings in either Greek epic or lyric poetry. In the epic sequence, students will read at least two books of Homer's Odyssey in their entirety and selections from the full twenty-four. Students may be asked to read the full epic in English to facilitate discussion, while also leaving open the option to explore the ways this story has been interpreted over the centuries in art, literature, theater, and psychology. Lyric poetry, meaning poetry "sung to the lyre" is divided into two types: choral and monody. The former was composed mainly for public ceremonies whereas the latter, focusing on friendship, love, and hate, was probably reserved for private occasions like drinking parties. In the lyric sequence, students will read selections from both types, including works by Alcman, Simonides, Pindar, Alcaeus, Anacreon and Sappho.