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AU Scholars | The Great Books


Ancient Greek and Roman literature centrally consider the importance of The Trojan War represented as both glorious and shameful, heroic and tragic--a matter of individual honor and collective misery. This course will investigate both the glorification and the critique of war in these works. Readings will include Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Euripides’ and Aeschylus’ dramatic works, and contemporary texts--such as Jonathan Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam--that elucidate how ancient epic and tragedy continue to shape and frame our modern understanding of war.