The advanced study of a specific topic in Mediterranean civilizations or literature. Recent courses have treated such topics as Plato on Love and Pleasure, Gender in the Greek and Roman World, Damnation and Salvation, Socrates--The Mind and the Myth, Great Archaeological Discoveries, Greek and Roman Law, and Ancient History and Film. May be repeated for credit with topic changes. Information on upcoming topics courses can be found on the departmental Web page.
Spring Semester informationKristin Mann
300A: Tps:Women Writers of Antiquity
The writings of more than fifty female authors have survived from ancient Greece and Rome, ranging in genre from poetry to history, from medicine to autobiography. This course examines these female authors both as women and as writers. Their works can tell us something about the status of women in ancient Greece and Rome, about their lives and experiences, their perspectives and values. But the works of these women are also worth examining purely as literature. This course will undertake both of these investigations. We will consider questions such as: How do we know when a text is authored by a woman? Why have scholars historically been so hesitant to attribute ancient works to women? What sort of women were able to become writers? What female voices do we not hear? Does "women's writing" differ from "men's writing," and if so, how? Students will read ancient works in translation, examine scholarly literature, and pursue an independent research project on a topic of their choice.