Fall 2014:

Unruly Passion: Eros in Classical Literature (LLS 156)
Meets Mondays, 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
Trotter Hall, Room 301

In the worlds of Greek and Roman literature, one can argue that no human force has more power—more potential for good or bad—than erotic desire. Author after author in various genres adapted myths, crafted characters, expressed longings, and explored ideas on eros that both reflected or questioned their society’s mores and deeply influenced later literature.

Authors: :

Homer, Euripides, Sappho, Catullus, Horace, Ovid, Plato, others.

Major topics:

  • Tragic eros: Medea, Phaedra, Ariadne, Dido, Eurydice
  • The poetics of desire: amatory lyric poetry
  • Aphrodite: worshipped deity and literary character, awesome yet comic
  • Philosophical treatments of eros
  • Pastoral eros: pastoral poetry, Daphnis and Chloe

The Professor:

Gil Rose, Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages. For 35 years he taught courses and Honors seminars on Greek and Latin literature. In the LLS program he has taught courses on Homer, Virgil, and the Athenian Golden Age.