MLA Proseminar: Violence in Ancient Mediterranean Art
This course looks at Greco-Roman fascination with representing humans and beasts driven to the edge by inflicted physical and psychological pain, in all arts enjoyed privately and publicly, religiously and politically--and as entertainment. What were the roots of that obsession? We'll start by contrasting neighbor cultures. How has this phenomenon been a fateful legacy to much of the post-antique "West"? Our class probes ancient responses that were as often alien as they were similar to modern reactions to the painful image; and we'll often use ancient literature to help explore that response culture.