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CLST 197

First-Year Seminar

A seminar focused on a theme related to the study of classical studies. Open only to first-year students.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Fall Semester information

Jinyu Liu

197A: FYS: Roman Myths: Love and Transformation

How did the ancient Greeks and Romans view and use myths? How did the Romans reorient Greek myths? Since a large part of Graeco-Roman myths involved love and (physical) transformation, how were love, gender roles, sexuality, masculinity and femininity conceptualized in myths? This course addresses these questions based on close readings of a wide range of literary texts from the Greek and Roman antiquity - the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses and its literary models in particular - that have had a profound impact on both Western and non-Western cultures. The course will help students improve their skills in close, critical analysis of texts, and contribute to developing their historical perspective on issues of gender and sexuality.

Fall Semester information

David Guinee

197A: FYS:Nero and Seneca: The Tyrant and the Philosopher