Wasko Lit Courses
Attend a one-hour, weekly, live course session
Complete each week’s assigned reading
Take a short, online comprehension quiz
Answer a weekly, online discussion question
Submit two literary analysis papers and one creative project
Lit 1: The Ancient World
Western Civilization begins in Greece, and a few centuries later, the Romans pick up where the Greeks leave off. Our survey of the Great Books of Western Civilization therefore begins with the ancient but powerful epics of Homer. We sample some of the favorite works of ancient Athenians--the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. We even dabble a bit in the philosophy of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. We finish up with a few biographical sketches by Plutarch and the great Roman epic, The Aeneid. To keep things interesting, we insert two works from other eras: C.S. Lewis's retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Till We Have Faces, and Shakespeare's dramatic Brutus's betrayal and assassination of Julius Caesar.
There's a lot of mythology of course, and we are careful to look at it from a distinctly Christian worldview. The contrasts between Greek and Christian concepts of God and his dealings with man couldn't be more obvious and the discussion is often lively. Edith Hamilton's guide through the myths helps us here and there throughout the course.
For 2018-19 this class meets live on Mondays from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Eastern Time. All sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students.
The Lit 1 Syllabus includes:
Mythology, Edith Hamilton
The Iliad, Homer
The Odyssey, Homer
Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
Selections from Dialogues, Plato
The Republic, Plato
Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
Selections from Fables, Aesop
Selections from Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, Plutarch
The Aeneid, Virgil
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare