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Ancient Greece in Modern Imagination (Thursdays, 11:00am-1:00pm)   NEW!

Ancient Greece has long excited the imagination of moderns. In many respects, our current understanding of antiquity is a layered palimpsest of centuries of “modern” imaginings about what Ancient Greece was “really” like. Since antiquity itself, the classical world has been identified as a place of origins for ideas and practices and has been a model against which to think through the present. In this course we explore the history and consequences of imagining Ancient Greece in the modern world, from the Renaissance to the present day. We will excavate some familiar origin stories, expose the often strange and selective views of ancient Greece that have driven modern reconstructions of antiquity, and reconstruct the under-explored story of how our current understandings of the past are shaped by the long history and frequent practice of imagining Ancient Greece. Class size limit: 30.


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