LLS Center City Philadelphia

Fall 2018:

In 2018-19 all PHL courses will meet four times instead of the usual eight.  Tuition will reflect that. 


First Course: September 6 - 27 

Second Course: Oct. 2 – 23, 2018

Tuition: $275.00 per course

Oedipus and Antigone (LLS 181PHL)

Meets Thursdays, 6:45 – 9:15 p.m.

Sept. 6 – 27, 2018 

3000 Two Logan Square (18th & Arch), Pepper Hamilton LLP

Sophocles, the quintessential Athenian tragedian, had the good luck to live during the fifth century BCE, the acme of Athenian civilization.  He was heir to a rich mythic and literary tradition from Homer to Aeschylus.

Today Sophocles is best known for his Theban plays—Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus (Rex), Oedipus at Colonus.  This course sets the contexts for understanding these plays—history, literature, religion, politics.  Chiefly, though, we discuss the drama, the poetry, and such major themes as humans and gods, morality, city vs. family, love, knowledge and ignorance, suffering and death, and heroism.  We use the translation by Robert Fagles, The Three Theban Plays (Penguin Classics).  

The Professor: Gil Rose, Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages.  For 35 years at Swarthmore he taught courses and Honors seminars on Greek and Latin literature, including Greek tragedy.  He has authored an annotated Greek edition of Oedipus at Colonus.  In 2017 he taught a Sophocles course in LLS, New York.


2nd Philadelphia Course

Apocalypse:  Hope and Despair in the Last Days (LLS 182PHL)

Meets Tuesdays, 6:45 – 9:15 p.m.

Oct. 2 – 23, 2018

3000 Two Logan Square (18th & Arch), Pepper Hamilton LLP

For millennia, speculation about the end of the world has fired the imaginations of Western cultures.  Today, environmental scientists argue that we are in the time of a massive extinction of species, including homo sapiens, while visionary philosophers and religious writers believe we are living into the last days based on ancient world-views.

This course asks how two seemingly unrelated ways of thinking – science and faith – are converging to shape our responses to the prospect of the world’s end. Readings include Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Albert Camus’ The Plague.

The Professor: Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College.  He has been a visiting professor at The U. of P., and he is core faculty for the U.S. State Dep’t. at Temple U.  His books include When God Was a Bird (2018), Green Christianity (2010), and Finding God in the Singing River (2005).