Jan 15, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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GRST 341 - Topics in Latin Literature

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Topic for 2020/21b: Metamorphoses in Ovid and Apuleius: This course uses the theme of transformation—cosmic and individual, permanent and liminal—to explore transitional moments in Roman history and culture in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE. We begin by reading Book 1 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a work which explores the beauty and horror of creation, before transitioning to selections from Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (or Golden Ass), the only complete surviving novel from antiquity which sees its protagonist transform from human to beast and back again. Deeply interested in the social life and upheavals of the Roman Empire, both Ovid and Apuleius use transformation as a way to explore issues of identity, bodily integrity, power, religion, and narrative. Additional readings from antiquity (in translation) and the classical tradition may be assigned to enhance class discussions and assignments. Margaret Elsner.

Prerequisite(s): GRST 246  or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS



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