Foundations of Western Culture: Homer to Dante

This class will study representative texts from classical Greek and Roman antiquity—Homer’s Odyssey, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Euripides’ Medea, Plato’s Symposium, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses—followed by selected works from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. The class will then conclude with Dante’s Inferno, in which the two traditions, classical and biblical, converge. The class format is group discussion, with informal lectures by the instructor.