CLAS 252 - Crete: Imaginary Pasts
Focuses on the Greek island of Crete to consider how the construction of identity depends on an imaginary past. Ancient Greece posited for itself an even more ancient past located on the island of Crete. The myths and stories sited on Crete (e.g., the births of Zeus and Hera, the stories of Daedalus and Icarus, Pasiphae and the Minotaur, Theseus and Ariadne) ponder the nature of the divine, the polity, creativity, and eros - topics crucial to the fashioning of a self. Course readings include selections from Hesiod’s Theogony, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Xenophon’s Symposium, Plato’s Laws, Euripides’ Hippolytus, Euripides’ Bacchae, Diodorus Siculus’s Library, and Plutarch’s Lives.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: Only Sophomore
Area of Inquiry: Human Thought and Expression
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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