REL 235
The Garden in the Ancient World Spring 2019 Division II; Cross-listed as ENVI232 / REL235 / CLAS235 / COMP235

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Drawing on the literature, art, and archaeology of ancient gardens and on real gardens of the present day, this course examines the very nature and experience of the garden and the act of gardening. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we will explore the garden as a paradise; as a locus for philosophical discussion and religious encounter; as a site of labor, conquest, and resistance; and as a place for solace, inspiration, and desire. This course will be grounded in crucial readings from antiquity, such as the Hebrew Bible, Homer, Sappho, Cicero, Lucretius, Vergil, Horace, Columella, and Augustine, and in the perspectives of more modern writers, from Jane Austen and Tom Stoppard to contemporary cultural historian George McKay. Ultimately, our goal is to analyze conceptions and expressions of beauty, power, and love-in the garden. All readings are in translation.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3466
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, short written assignments, and a final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Classics majors
Distributions: Division II;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS, COMP or ENVI; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL

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