In this seminar we will read and discuss several short works and excerpts from ancient Greek literature and philosophy that offer representations of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Eros, the divine personification of love, or those that represent proper and improper sexual relations in ancient Greek society. After a brief consideration of the Greek Pantheon and Greek religion, the Greek drink-party, and Greek weddings, we will consider one tragedy (Euripides’ Hippolytus) and two dialogues by Plato (Symposium and Phaedrus) as well as short excerpts from Homer and Sappho and Greek orators. All readings will be in English translation.
Professsor Mastronarde was educated at Amherst College, Oxford University, and the University of Toronto. He has taught at Berkeley since 1973 and has served as Chair of the Department of Classics and Director of the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. He is author of a widely-used textbook (Introduction to Attic Greek, 2nd ed. 2013) and several books on aspects of Greek tragedy (most recently The Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context, 2010).