Monsters in Ancient Greco-Roman World

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Monsters in Ancient Greco-Roman World

This course will examine the roles of monsters and “monstrous” behavior in ancient Greek and Roman culture. We will read a variety of primary sources (i.e., poems, plays, histories, etc. written by ancient Greek and Roman authors that have been translated into modern English) and discuss how they depict monsters. We will also look at secondary sources (i.e., scholarly writings from modern authors) that discuss ancient monsters and monsters generally so that we can develop analytic tools and techniques for interpreting literary depictions of monsters.