The Good Old Days. The Garden of Eden. The Golden Age. From the earliest surviving writing to modern political campaigns, we have told stories about a previous time when life was radically different than it is today, usually much better. These myths have had a tremendous pull on our imaginations. This class will explore these stories, especially in Greek and Roman literature, with comparisons drawn from other ancient cultures and modern life. We will consider the following questions: When and why do societies turn to stories of an idealized past? What makes them so 'ideal'? What aspects of our current world are excluded? How do they explain the loss of that way of life and do they have hope of retrieving it? Assessment will be based on weekly written responses to the readings and a research project, developed and revised with the assistance of the instructor. Not open to first-year students.
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Section 01Writing Intensive in Ancient Studies: Golden Ages, Nostalgia, and the Idealized Past
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