GK s385 • Greek Lyric Poetry
2:30 PM-4:00 PM
This course will examine in detail a representative selection of archaic Greek lyric poetry. We will look at works attributed to authors such as Sappho, Alcaeus, Archilochus, Pindar, and Bacchylides. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with the language, metres, structures, literary motifs and tropes, and performance context of the poems we are reading. Attention will be given to defining the boundaries and qualities of the genre(s) of archaic Greek lyric poetry and its influence on later literature. Performance in the course will be evaluated by a combination of translation exams, small assignments, and in-class participation. Graduate students in the course will be expected to read more than undergraduates and should display a greater and more complex understanding of the poetry under consideration.
The provisional texts for this course are: Willcock, M.M., Pindar Victory Odes, Cambridge, 1995 (ISBN: 0521436362) Maehler, H., Bacchylides: A Selection, Cambridge, 2004 (ISBN: 0521599776)