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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2005

GK 380J • Proseminar in Classical Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29910 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
White, S

Course Description

This course surveys Greek literature from its origins to the Roman era. It is designed primarily for students in the first or second year of graduate study. It has three main goals. One is formal: to introduce students to the major forms and genres of Greek literature. Another is historical: to provide an overview of how these forms and genres developed and interacted. The third is critical: to illustrate some influential critical methods and approaches. The course is not comprehensive, nor is it designed to be so; successful doctoral study requires greater breadth and depth than can be achieved in so brief a span. In particular, the course should be useful but not sufficient preparation for the doctoral qualifying exam in Greek Literature. On the other hand, it does satisfy the Greek literature requirement for students in the Ancient History or Ancient Philosophy tracks; and it should be very helpful for students preparing for the qualifying exam in Greek Translation.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on translation quizzes, presentations, two exams (a midterm and a final), and participation.


Lesky, History of Greek Literature (Hackett pb) Greek texts: interested students should contact the instructor for a provisional syllabus of Greek readings. Critical readings will be on reserve. Note: students are advised to read the relatively digestible overview in Literature in the Greek World, ed. O. Taplin (Oxford 2000) BEFORE we begin.


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