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Topics in Greek Literature: Mothers and Daughters in Epic and Tragedy (LA)

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Spring 2021

This course considers the mother-daughter relationship through the prism of two texts, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Sophocles' Electra. We will consider how each text mobilizes the techniques of its genre-the Homeric hymn and Attic tragedy-to take up the problems of family relationships, violence and social conflict, gender, and narrative closure. The course gives upper-level students of Greek the opportunity to hone their comprehension of Greek grammar and syntax while engaging major thematic and stylistic concerns of archaic and classical Greek poetry.