An Introduction to Ancient Greek Literature: From Homer to Sophocles

Ref: C3847026

It can be argued that ancient Greek literature provided the building blocks on which so much of our culture rests. This course will explore a selection of the works of Homer, Aeschylus and Sophocles and will consider the importance of their writing to modern thought and composition. We will examine the influence of the stories of the Trojan war, the function of the gods and the nature of poetry and drama on the ancient Greek world.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the importance of ancient Greek literature It will examine the cultural, social and political climate in which these texts were produced

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of ancient Greek literature on modern writing.
  • Discuss the influence of the Trojan war in Greek literature.
  • Explain the function of the gods.
  • Discuss the importance of theatre in the Classical period.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Homer's 'Odyssey' E. V. Rieu's translation Penguin. Aeschylus 'The Oresteia' Penguin Classics Sophocles 'Oedipus' Penguin Classics I will put up extracts on Canvas but it would be useful if you could acquaint yourself with a working knowledge of these texts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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An Introduction to Ancient Greek Literature: From Homer to Sophocles

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