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Ancient Reflections in a Time of Modern War

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1899
Section 001
Instructor Laura Slatkin
Days W
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   HUM, PREMOD


Same as COLIT-UA 866.


In this class we explore ancient Greek attitudes toward war, as represented in epic, drama, and historiography. Among the topics we consider are: rhetoric and rationales for and against war; war and social cohesion; war and empire; the stakes of civil war; war and gender; the social costs of war; the implications for our contemporary situation. Readings may include, Homer, Iliad; Sophocles, Ajax; Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes; Euripides, Iphigeneia in Aulis and Trojan Women; Aristophanes, Peace; Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War; and twentieth century mediations on the problematic of war, such as Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain; Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam; Simone Weil, The Iliad, or the poem of force.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)