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IDS 101: At Land, At Sea - Home and Away in Ancient Greece: Getting Started

Photograph of the Temple of Poseidon at sunset

Photograph of the Temple of Poseidon at sunset with dramatic streaks of yellow, orange and red clouds.

At Land, At Sea: Home and Away in Ancient Greece

We live together through stories. Narratives inspire, guide, entertain, hold us in relationships and liberate us from our worst fears. The best stories help us explore the tensions that define our world: restlessness and rootedness; stability and motion; host and guest; mortal and divine; natural and mystical; the eternal and the ephemeral; wild and nurtured; home and away. In this colloquium, we will explore these and other themes through a deep and careful reading of Madeline Miller’s Circe and Homer’s The Odyssey. Students will be asked to write (and rewrite), create, observe, discover, present, and share their ideas. There will be two sections of this colloquium: one taught by Scott Pike (Professor of Environmental Science and Archaeology) and one taught by David Gutterman (Professor of Politics, Policy, Law & Ethics). These sections will often meet together to enrich the exploration of these texts, benefitting from different perspectives of these works and the ways they open up paths to understanding the ancient world and our own.

                                Course taught by: David Gutterman.                                                        Colloquium Associate: Amanda Padgett.

                                Course taught by: Scott Pike.                                                                    Colloquium Associate: Adelaide Kemp.

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