Uses Plato's Republic as a core text to explore a range of issues of ancient and contemporary interest, such as justice, political theory, education, gender, and the nature of the soul. Besides the Republic and other works of Plato, reading are taken from Homer, Hesiod, the dramatists, and other authors. Taught in English.
A general introduction to classical Greek intellectual history, using literary and philosophical texts. The course is organized by topics, following Plato's *Republic* as a core text and using additional readings from philosophy, epic, drama, and other sources. The topics to be explored are: The Heroic Code, Justice, Political Theory, Literature and Education, The Soul, Gender, Knowledge and Reality.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There are no prerequisites for this course. Background in ancient Greek history, literature, philosophy or mythology is helpful, but not necessary.
Class assignments and grading
Reading, midterm, final, paper.
midterm 30% final exam 30% paper 20% participation 20%