CLGR 405 Fall 2012 Greek Lyric Poetry

This course will explore the development of Greek lyric poetry from the eighth to the fifth centuries BCE. Beginning with Archilochus, Sappho, and Alcaeus, and proceeding through such poets as Solon, Anacreon, Ibycus, and Theognis, we will examine the formal, social, and performative contexts of lyric, the influence of epic and choral poetry on the evolution of the genre, and the difficulties of evaluating a fragmentary corpus. Finally, we will explore the influence of political and economic changes in the early fifth century on the work of Simonides. The goal throughout is to investigate the structures, innovations, and problems of poetic self-expression in early Greek poetry.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a midterm exam, a final paper, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: Greek 201 or permission of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 5
Class Number: 1354
CLGR405-01(F) SEM Greek Lyric Poetry Division 1: Languages and the Arts Edan Dekel
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Hollander 140 1354
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