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CG311 GREEK PROSE:
HERODOTUS' HISTORIES


Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hrs.: W9.00 Th8.30 F2.30


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OVERVIEW:

Labelled both as the "Father of History" (pater historiae) and the "Father of Lies" (pater fabularum), Herodotus of Halicarnassus has had a profound effect on a variety of disciplines and areas of intellectual inquiry: history and historiography, ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, literature, narratology, sociology, anthropology and gender studies. Students in this course will examine Herodotus and his Histories from a number of these perspectives (and others) and assess the quality of his contributions to western thought. The students will contribute to the construction of the course by selecting sections of Herodotus' work that we will read in Greek and by choosing an individual work of secondary scholarship to read and discuss. Through readings and discussions, students will move towards proficiency in Greek grammar and syntax, acquire a vocabulary of Herodotean discourse, and examine aspects of the literary genre of historiography as created by Herodotus.

Students in CG311 GREEK PROSE: Herodotus will demonstrate the ability

  • to read continuous prose, employing skills developed in elementary, intermediate and advanced levels
  • to effect the transition from grammar-based learning to reading comprehension
  • to contextualize Herodotus' Histories in its larger cultural settings, including:
    • biographical details about the author
    • corpus of works of the author
    • literary world of the author
    • political/social aspects of the setting of the text
  • to use digital technology (web-based resources such as the textual, lexical and morphological tools in Perseus, and cultural databases on Greece and Rome)
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