[GLAM 341] Roman Epic
A consideration of the Roman interpretation of the epic genre, beginning with Ennius and focusing on Vergil and his ambiguous relationship to Augustan ideology. We may also explore selections of some of the following: Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Lucan’s Bellum Civile, Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica, and Statius’ Thebaid. The class draws attention to the manipulation of imagery, plot, intertext, and vocabulary in the creation of layered meaning.
Prerequisite: Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies 141 or consent of instructor.