GRST 321 - Advanced Greek: Topics in Greek Literature
Semester Offered: Spring
(Same as GRST 226 ) Topic for 2017/18b: How to Win an Argument in Ancient Greece. “Those who have persuaded and do persuade anyone about anything are shapers of lying discourse …” So the Greek orator Gorgias remarks about the power of speech in his famous defense of Helen of Troy, but these words have special resonance at this contemporary moment, when truthiness blurs the lines between truth and falsehood, and fake news has the ability to impact elections. In this course we explore the power, practice and theory of persuasive speech by reading, in ancient Greek, oratorical works by Gorgias, Antiphon and Isocrates. In addition to studying the structure, argumentation and stylistic elements of Greek oratory, we also investigate the civic context of persuasive discourse in classical Athens, as well as the debates that raged over what constitutes an authentic attempt to seek truth and what is ‘mere’ rhetoric. Thomas Beasley.
This course should be elected by students before electing any advanced Greek course in the department.
Students enrolled in GRST 226 have an extra hour of grammar review and students enrolled in GRST 321 have longer Greek assignments.
Two 75-minute periods.
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