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this course we shall explore various genres of Greek and Latin poetry that are
not, at least not formally, dramatic or epic: lyric, choral, satire,
epigram, elegy, and others. |
genres are represented by a variety of authors, including Sappho, Pindar, Juvenal,
and Martial, whose works directly address the concerns of the societies in which
they live. In particular, we shall focus on the role of the poet within the community,
whether to praise or to blame, to love (or lust) or to despise.
readings are in English.
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specific goals for this course are as follows:
understand the content, form, scope and structure of Greek and Roman social poetry;
approach this poetry as both narrative and social commentary, and to differentiate
it from other genres; and
assess its value in a sense, its timelessness to modern audiences.
students will draw upon universal skills of critical reading and thinking, and
will communicate these skills both in class and in written exercises.