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LLCU 322: Greek Tragedy (3 credits)

From the dude who killed his father and slept with his mother to the child‐slaying sorceress from the Far East, Greek tragedy is rife with monstrous, moving, and memorable characters. Join this course as we explore the Classical Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and the unique society that produced them. With the help of visual images and videos, we will investigate the evolution of Greek tragedy from its ritual beginnings through to the modern era. This course will focus on such topics as: the cultic origins of theatrical performance, the nature of Greek theaters as well as ancient theatrical production techniques and modern adaptations and reperformance, the social, political and psychological function of theater in Classical Athens, and ancient and modern views of the value and impact of tragic drama.


NOTE: LLCU 322 Fulfills Group "A" requirement

LATN 202: Intermediate Latin Poetry 

Follow the Trojan hero Aeneas as he makes his harrowing escape from the city after the invasion of the Greeks and their famous wooden horse. Run with the Roman poet Ovid as he zigzags through some of classical mythology’s best known (and some lesser‐known) stories.

In this course, you will continue your exposure to original Latin literature through the translation and study of selections of Latin poetry. In the process, the course will continue to reinforce elements of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, while introducing students to poetic style and meter. Offered with an Honors section (080).

PREREQ: LATN 201, equivalent or higher 

LATN 302/402: Advanced Latin Poetry 

Should you save that last slice of cake for later? What about the long trip you're planning: is it worth it? Can we know what happens to us when we die? From the trivial to the sublime, Roman poets have considered what makes life worth living and share their conclusions in beautifully wrought language, a joy in itself. "Seize the day" (carpe diem) and join us as we explore selections from two important poets of the Late Roman Republic, Horace, and Lucretius, as they share their divergent views about what happiness is and where we can find it, whoever we are.

PREREQ: LATN 202, equivalent or higher 

NOTE: LATN 302/402 Fulfills Group "A" requirement 

GREK 202/302: Intermediate and Advanced Ancient Greek Poetry

Heroes come in various forms, and in this course, we’ll examine examples from the Western origins of our models. We begin with the playwright Euripides’ tale of the sorceress Medea, arguably the most powerful mortal from Greek legend, in which she demonstrates the chilling limits of what the ancient Greeks could expect from exceptional beings. We then travel back to the very beginnings of Western literature, the Iliad, to witness the falling‐out between the king of Mycenae Agamemnon and Achilles, the Greek hero par excellence, whose wrath sent countless warriors to Hades.

Following the footsteps of these heroes, you will continue your exposure to ancient Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. In addition, you will learn more about Greek poetic meter and style as well as textual criticism. Offered with an Honors section (080).

PREREQ: GREK 201/202, equivalent or higher 

NOTE: GREK 302 Fulfills Group "A" requirement 

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591