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Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Explore the ancient world in New York City this summer!

Summer Session I: Tuesday, May 28- Saturday, July 6

CLASS-UA 404,  Identical RELST-UA 404.  Classical Mythology
Section .001, 1st Summer Session, M-Th, 9:30-11:05.  Talia Varonos-Pavlopoulos.
Discusses the myths and legends of Greek and Roman mythology and the gods, demigods, heroes, nymphs, monsters, and everyday mortals who played out their parts in this mythology. Begins with creation, as vividly described by Hesiod in the Theogony, and ends with the great Trojan War and the return of the Greek heroes, especially Odysseus. Roman myth is also treated, with emphasis on Aeneas and the foundation legends of Rome.

Summer Session II: Monday, July 8- Saturday, August 17

CLASS-UA 404,  Identical RELST-UA 404.  Classical Mythology
Section .002, 2nd Summer Session, M-Th, 9:30-11:05. Daniel Hoyer
Discusses the myths and legends of Greek and Roman mythology and the gods, demigods, heroes, nymphs, monsters, and everyday mortals who played out their parts in this mythology. Begins with creation, as vividly described by Hesiod in the Theogony, and ends with the great Trojan War and the return of the Greek heroes, especially Odysseus. Roman myth is also treated, with emphasis on Aeneas and the foundation legends of Rome.

CLASS-UA 291.001, Ancient and Modern Rhetoric: The Power of Persuasion
2nd Summer Session, M-Th 4:30-6:05.  Inger Neeltje Irene Kuin

In contemporary politics being a good debater and a good speaker are essential skills, but if you work in business, law, marketing or journalism these talents are no less important. Much the same was true in the ancient world: anyone who wanted to be someone in ancient Greek or Roman society had to be good at public speaking. Going to performances by star orators was even a form of entertainment. In this course we will study ancient theories of rhetoric and rhetorical techniques, but also discuss the dangers of the power of persuasion. We will read political and legal speeches, by Cicero among others, satirical speeches by Lucian and Gorgias, a Platonic dialogue, and a rhetorical handbook by an anonymous author. Additionally, we will watch political debates and speeches from the 2012 presidential campaign, in order to analyze and recognize the rhetorical techniques employed nowadays.
For more information, see attached flyer.

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