Catalog 2021-2022

HIS 265 The Origins of Western Thought in Ancient Greece

Western civilization traces its intellectual roots to the civilization of Ancient Greece and the extraordinary contribution that it produced in philosophy, drama, and the arts. This course will explore some of the important philosophical texts from Ancient Greece, including the dialogues of Plato (the Last Days of Socrates and The Republic); the dramatic literature found in the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; and the arts, with focus on the human body and architecture, in particular, the Parthenon. The class will be structured as a seminar, asking the question: How does Ancient Greece continue to shape our thinking in the 21st century?