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Fate and Free Will in the Epic Tradition

Semester and Year SP 2007
Course Number K20.1116
Section 001
Days Mon
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 AM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement HUM


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.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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