Greek and Roman Erotica
Not available in 2013
Examines works of erotic literature produced from earliest Greek times down to the Age of Augustus. The course consists of an introductory treatment of eroticism; Homer and Greek writers of lyric and drama; the views of philosophers; treatment of homosexuality and lesbianism in literature; the main amatory writers of Rome, Catullus, Propertius, and Ovid. There will be some treatment of visual material by way of linkage to contemporary mores and values.
|Objectives||1. To extend the student's knowledge of a key area in which ancient Greece and Rome had a lasting effect on western literature, and showing the connections between literature, history, and society.
2. To develop the ability to critically and imaginatively read ancient literary texts in translation.
3. To encourage the accurate expression of one's informed critical responses to ancient texts.
4. To develop an understanding of the values that underlie poetic and prose texts, and of the need to approach them in a manner sympathetic to ancient Greek and Roman culture.
|Content||1. An Introduction to the Subject: Aims Teaching Methodology, Difficulties in dealing with the genre of Erotica. Some visual material will be treated.
2. Erotic themes in Greek literature from Homer to Plato.
3. Homosexual and Lesbian themes in literature.
4. The major writers of Erotica at Rome: Catullus, Propertius, and Ovid. Some visual material will be treated.
|Assumed Knowledge||40 units at any level|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks