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CB22.1x: The Ancient Greek Hero

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CB22.1x: The Ancient Greek Hero

Gregory Nagy Harvard University @EdX
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 17 weeks
Approximate Workload: 3-5 hours/week
Certificate: Yes
Level: beginner
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The Ancient Greek Hero will use the latest technology to help students engage with poetry, songs, and stories first composed more than two millennia ago; this literature includes the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, a selection of lyric poetry (including the songs of Sappho), excerpts of prose history, seven tragedies, two Platonic dialogues, and the intriguing but rarely studied dialogue, On Heroes by Philostratus. Through English translations that have been carefully prepared and arranged for this course, as well as through supplementary comparative material drawn from cultures other than the Greek, and featuring a wide variety of media such as vase painting, European opera, and cinema—from Ingmar Bergman's version of Mozart's Magic Fluteto Ridley Scott's science fiction classic, Blade Runner—the course provides students who have no previous background in classical Greek civilization with a fully engaging and immediately accessible introduction to the most beautiful moments in this ancient literature, its myths, and ritual practices.

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