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CLLA 403
The Invention of Love: Catullus and the Roman Elegists Spring 2021
Division I

Class Details

This course will explore the development of Latin love poetry in the first century BCE. Beginning with Catullus, we will examine the influence of Greek lyric poetry on the evolution of the genre as well as Roman attitudes toward love exhibited in other literature of the Late Republic. We will then turn to the full development of the elegiac form in the love poems of Propertius, Tibullus, and Sulpicia. Finally, we will explore the transformation of the genre in Ovid’s Amores. The goal throughout is to investigate the conventions, innovations, and problems of expressing personal desire and longing amid the social and political upheaval of the transition from Republic to Principate.
The Class: Format: lecture; This course will be offered hybrid, with remote and in-person students joining synchronous meetings together over zoom. The exact logistics of this format may be adjusted in consultation with enrolled students.
Limit: 12
Expected: 10-12
Class#: 5154
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a midterm exam, a final paper, and a final exam
Prerequisites: CLLA 302 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Classics majors
Distributions: Division I

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