Monthly Archives: September 2012
Although it may be a seminal epic whose influence has thoroughly permeated almost every part of Western art and culture, The Odyssey remains a work far removed from contemporary understanding. The culture described is one that shares what might be … Continue reading
Speaking of literary works as maps and mapping literary works, the New York Times ran an interesting column today.
Yesterday’s discussion of literary mappings and other ways of visualizing the world through fiction represents a good opportunity to remind you that our course is, of course, also intended to serve as a window out onto the world. Above is … Continue reading
Hello, I don’t know if I’m allowed to do this because technically it’s not my day to post a on the blog but I wanted to continue a discussion that I believe otherwise we would not be able to get … Continue reading
The online course schedule now reflects the changed deadlines for the first paper. Your rough draft will be due on Friday, September 14. I will read your papers over the weekend and schedule paper conferences with all of you for … Continue reading
The map below shows the political geography of the Mediterranean in the 6th century BC. Greek cities and colonies are labeled in red, Phoenician ones in yellow. Greek colonization began in roughly 800 BC and is thus more or less … Continue reading
Death is scary. For thousands of years, cultures have created explanations for why humans die, myths of what happens when we cross into the great beyond, and ways of living that will guarantee eternal happiness. The Christians have heaven and … Continue reading