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Fate and Free Will in the Epic Tradition

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number IDSEM-UG1116
Section 001
Instructor Antonio Rutigliano
Days W
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM, PREMOD



The role of the gods in human affairs inevitably raises the question of fate and free will. The epics, from the ancient world to the Renaissance, frequently reflect and define this debate. This course examines how the epics of Homer, Vergil, Dante and Milton not only mirror the philosophical and theological perceptions of the period, but sometimes forecast future debates on the issue. Readings may include the  Epic of Gilgamesh, Iliad  or  Odyssey, Aeneid,  and  Divine Comedy,  as well as selections from Plato's  Protagoras  or Aristotle's  Ethics , Cicero's  De Fato , Boethius's  Consolation of Philosophy , and Fromm's  Escape From Freedom .


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)