Graduate Courses

Spring 2016

Plato's Myths and their Reception

This course is currently listed under Classics 7893 and will be listed under Classics 7890 when new course is approved.
Professor Richard Fletcher
Fridays 2:15-5:00pm
Location TBA
3 units

This seminar will explore the nature and function of myths in Plato’s dialogues and their reception, both within antiquity and beyond. We will focus on both literary and philosophical approaches to the myths as a way of addressing the role of creativity within Platonic philosophy as a whole. Beyond Plato’s texts, we will consider the place of the myths within the teachings of the ancient Academy as well as their Roman reception in Cicero, Plutarch and Apuleius. Finally, we will examine key post-classical works of literature, philosophy and art that engage with Plato’s myths.  This seminar is part of the project Myths of the Academy which has been funded by The Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award. For more information on the seminar and the project, email Richard Fletcher.

Two thirds of the seminar will be reading Plato's myths in Greek, and the rest will be divided by his Greek and Latin reception in antiquity and later receptions in literature, art and film.

Methodologies for the Study of Greek Myths

This course is currently listed under Classics 7893 and will be listed under Classics 7890 when new course is approved.
Professor Sarah Iles Johnston
Wednesdays 2:15-5:00pm
University Hall 448
3 units

We will look at the major methodologies that have been used to interpret Greek myths during the past 50 years--and at the roots that some of them have in the 18th and 19th centuries.  We will contextualize some of these approaches within other intellectual or social movements of their times, and will look more broadly at the effect that some of them have had on the basic presumptions with which we now approach the study of Greek myths.  In order to do this, we will look at prime examples of each approach, including (but not only!) the ritualist, ideological and structuralist.  The course will finish with a few sessions in which we look closely at very recent approaches.

Virgil's Aeneid Reading Course

Professor Will Batstone
Independent Study

As a complement to the Epic 5011 course I will be teaching, I will be available for a reading course (independent study, no credit, however you wish to do it) in Vergil.  As with the Sallust reading group, we will meet once a week for about 1.5 hours to read the Aeneid.  Of course we will talk about things, but the purpose will be either to get a lot of Vergil under your belt (if you prepare carefully and if the group wants to progress at a given speed) or read less but practice your sight translation skills.