GRE 233 - Greek Drama: Euripides’ Cyclops
We will read in Greek the extant literary accounts of the infamous one-eyed giant Polyphemus: Homer’s Odyssey, Theocritus’ Idyll 11, and Euripides’ only surviving satyr play (Cyclops), with special attention devoted to the last. Along the way, we will consider Polyphemus’ role in defining humanness, cultural identity, and morality; the forces behind his varied representation in the literature and art of antiquity and beyond; and the cultic function of the monster in an Athenian celebration of Dionysus.
Satisfies a requirement in the Global Literary Theory interdisciplinary minor.
Prerequisites & Notes
Cross-listed with GRE 333.
Students who have already taken a GRE course beyond 201 should enroll in this course as GRE 333.