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