2019-2020 Classical Civilization: Topic Courses

CLA391H5F: Topics in Roman History & Culture (TBA)

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CLA395H5FTopics in Classics: The Worlds of Sappho (M. Revermann)

‘The Worlds of Sappho’ will approach the work of the archaic Greek lyric poet Sappho (second half of the 7th century BCE), now one of the best-known poetic figures from Graeco-Roman antiquity, from a variety of angles: close reading (in various kinds of translations) of her surviving poems, almost all of which have only come down to us as fragments; historical explorations of Sappho’s home, the island of Lesbos; the interface between gender, class and education; an introduction to ancient Greek music; homoeroticism in Greek culture; the re-discovery of Sappho from papyri found in Egypt (and an introduction to the discipline of papyrology more generally); strategies of translating ancient Greek poetry; the responses to Sappho in Roman poetry (especially in Catullus and Ovid); and last but certainly not least the reception history of Sappho, with a special emphasis on the Victorian period and its role in the creation of the image of Sappho that prevails to the present day. This course will end, in the final session, as a public workshop/presentation of ‘The Worlds of Sappho’, part of the UTM/Jackman Humanities Institute Annual Seminar (2019-2020) on ‘Dealing with Fragmentary Evidence from Graeco-Roman Antiquity’. The topic should be of interest not only to Classicists and historians, but also to students of English, Women & Gender Studies, and anyone who loves reading or writing lyric poetry.

CLA395H5STopics in Classics (TBA)

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