Monsters of the Ancient World
General Catalog Course Title:
Monsters of the Ancient World
Terms Offered:
Fall 2012

This seminar will examine monsters in ancient Greek and Roman culture in their roles as guardians of treasure, portents, ancestors, markers of the edges of the world, and messengers from the gods or from one's inner self. Texts from the ancient Near East, the Bible, and the Middle Ages will be read as comparative evidence, as well as some theoretical interpretations of monsters. Requirements: There will be 30-35 pages of reading per week. Each week, two students will be responsible for introducing one of the readings for that class with a short (ten-minute) collaborative oral presentation.

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