Spring 2018





The Hero's Quest

Term: 
Spring 2017
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
CLASSICAL STUDIES (CLST)
Course Number: 
CLST 214 601
Schedule: 
Monday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 6:30pm-8:00pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

GLAUTHIER, PATRICK O

Course Description: 

This class will explore ancient accounts of heroes and anti-heroes, their journeys, adventures, and misadventures, and what it means to live—or to try to live or to refuse to live—a goal-oriented, teleological life. We will read epic poems, philosophical treatises, and a novel, and we will move from the Greek world to Mesopotamia, and from pagan Rome to Christian North Africa. Along the way, we will continually ask ourselves the following sorts of questions: What are the narratives and networks through which you shape your life and give it meaning and direction? What are the values that motivate your actions and what kind of coherent or systematized intellectual framework, if any, holds them all together? What would it take to make you question your own commitments and core beliefs? How do such experiences of questioning and doubt impact our sense of self and the ways in which we exist in the world and relate to others and our surroundings?   In addition, some essential themes for the course will be: the individual and society, art and society, the human and the divine, civil war, imperialism, justice, punishment, satire, belief, conversion, family, love, sex, madness, and death.