CLAS 105
Telling Tales in Ancient Greece Fall 2023
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 104
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One-eyed monsters, magical spells, and trips to the moon: Greek literature is replete with tales of fantastic creatures and wild adventures. These ancient stories give us valuable opportunities to explore early understandings of “fiction,” the development of narrative, and the construction of the storyteller in both poetry and prose. In this course, we will read texts from Homer’s Odyssey (8th cent. BCE) to Heliodorus’ Aethiopica (4th cent. CE), alongside a range of scholarly approaches to them. We will pay particular attention to the prose fiction of the Roman imperial era, including both the texts traditionally called the “ancient novel” as well as the various forms of biography, ethnography, and mythography adjacent to them. Throughout, we will explore narratives and representations of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class, and cultural identity, reflecting on how our primary sources engage with their complex social and political contexts. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1530
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular tutorial papers and response, discussion in tutorial meetings
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first years, sophomores
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CLAS 105 Division I COMP 104 Division I
WS Notes: Students will receive regular feedback on their writing (structure, style, argumentation) from the professor as well as their tutorial partners, which should be taken into account as they move forward in the course and compose subsequent papers and responses.

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