CLSCS 420

Ancient Literary Criticism

Comparative Arts and Letters College of Humanities

Course Description

Survey emphasizing both chief works of the tradition and their practical application to reading of Greek and Latin authors.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Reading Greek and Latin

Learning Outcome

Successful students will demonstrate competence in reading both Greek and Latin.

Title

Understanding Ancient Speech and Writing

Learning Outcome

Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the ancient disciplines of speech and writing: grammar, rhetoric, poetics, and logic.

Title

Evaluation of Texts

Learning Outcome

Successful students will be able to intelligently evaluate select texts-such as Aristotle's Poetics, Cicero's De Oratore, Horace's Ars Poetica, and Quintilian's Institutio Oratoria-through close reading.

Title

Cultural Context

Learning Outcome

Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of cultural, intellectual, and politicall history from the fifth century B.C. to the time of St. Augustine, thus creating a context for the study of ancient critical theory.