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Washington and Lee University    
  Dec 14, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog
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CLAS 208 - The Classical Epic Tradition

Credits: 3

In this course, we read some of the most famous stories of the Western world, from the Iliad and the Odyssey, to Milton's Paradise Lost and Joyce's Ulysses, via Virgil's Aeneid and Lucan's Civil War. All of these works are epic narratives, each presenting a different concept of the hero, and yet, at the same time, participating in a coherent, ongoing, and unfinished tradition. Questions explored include: the problematic nature of the hero, the relation between poetry and violence, the nature of literary tradition. Crotty.

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