CLST 311: Greek and Roman Epic

Trojan Horse

CLST 311

Type: 300 level
Units: 3.00
Term: Fall 2022
Instructor: Drew Griffith
Delivery: In-Person

  • Athanassakis, Apostolos N. The Homeric Hymns. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Fox, Matthew. Lucan: Civil War. London/Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2012
  • Humphries, Rolfe. Lucretius: The Way Things Are. London/Bloomington: Indiana University
  • Joyce, Jane Wilson. Statius: Thebaid, A Song of Thebes. Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press, 2008
  • Lattimore, Richmond. Hesiod: The Works and Days, Theogony, the Shield of Herakles. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959
  • The Iliad of Homer. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 1951.
  • The Odyssey of Homer. New York: Harper and Row, 1965.
  • Lombardo, Stanley. Ovid: Metamorphoses. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett, 2010.
  • Rieu, E. V. Apollonius of Rhodes: The Voyage of the Argo. 2nd ed. London/Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
  • Ruden, Sarah. Vergil: the Aeneid. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2008.

Get a chance to explore the oldest works of European literature by Homer and Hesiod, the longest Greco-Roman work that survives today, Nonnus' Dionysiaca, and "the classic of all Europe" (T. S. Eliot), Virgil's Aeneid. Read about superheroes with x-ray vision who can run on water in Apollonius' Argonautica, discover the poem that got its author a one-way ticket to Romania, Ovid's  Metamorphoses, and throw in for good measure a physics-textbook written in verse, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things.