CLAS 0420

Seminar in Classical Lit

Seminar in Classical Lit: Medea: 2,500 Years of a Tragic Heroine
From Euripides’s play to the contemporary films of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Lars von Trier, Medea’s story has been retold for two and a half millennia. In this course we will investigate some of the avatars of Medea, from drama (Euripides and Seneca), to epic (Apollonius and Ovid), to philosophical discussions of her plight (Epictetus). We will also consider her role in early modern drama (Macbeth) and modern film. What does Medea represent? The overwhelming power of love and madness? The triumph of barbarism over civilization? A critique of cultural superiority and enlightenment? How can we explain her continued presence through the centuries? 3 hrs. sem.
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
CLAS 0337
HIST 0337


Spring 2023

CLAS0420A-S23 Seminar (Star)

Spring 2022

CLAS0420A-S22 Seminar (Witkin)

Spring 2021

CLAS0420A-S21 Seminar (Witkin)
CLAS0420B-S21 Seminar (Witkin)

Spring 2020

CLAS0420A-S20 Seminar (Star)

Spring 2018

CLAS0420A-S18 Seminar (Witkin)

Spring 2017

CLAS0420A-S17 Seminar (Ganiban)

Spring 2016

CLAS0420A-S16 Seminar (Witkin)
CLAS0420B-S16 Seminar (Witkin)

Spring 2015

CLAS0420A-S15 Seminar (Sfyroeras)

Spring 2014

CLAS0420A-S14 Seminar (Witkin)
CLAS0420B-S14 Seminar (Witkin)

Spring 2013

CLAS0420A-S13 Seminar (Fishbone)

Spring 2012

CLAS0420A-S12 Seminar (Witkin)

Spring 2011

CLAS0420A-S11 Seminar (Star)

Spring 2010

CLAS0420A-S10 Seminar (Samponaro Steltenpohl)

Spring 2009

CLAS0420A-S09 Seminar (Sfyroeras)

Spring 2008

CLAS0420A-S08 Seminar (Ganiban)

Spring 2007

CLAS0420A-S07 Lecture (Chaplin)

Spring 2006

CLAS0420A-S06 Lecture (Star)

Spring 2005

CLAS0420A-S05 Lecture (Chaplin)

Spring 2004

CLAS0420A-S04 Lecture (Levitan)