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Batrachomyomachia: The Battle of Frogs and Mice (Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading)

Wed. 11am Eastern

Course Description: We will be reading the “Battle of Frogs and Mice”(Batrachomyomachia) a poem of slightly more than 300 dactylic hexameter verses broadly using the language and style of Homer. Of uncertain authorship, it raises a number of interesting textual and literary questions that we will approach by a careful examination of the language and action of the poem itself. Students should be aware that it can be rather gory once the fighting begins. Time will be spent on learning the basic methods of textual criticism on a poem that presents just about every variety of textual problem one could ask for. At the same time, we will be raising questions about what literary critics mean by such notions as “parody”, “intertextuality, “mock epic”. In general this will be, of necessity, an exercise in the careful and painstaking reading of Greek poetry. 


Level: This course is intended for students with upper intermediate to advanced knowledge of Ancient Greek. Those who have had at least the equivalent of one semester of Homer will be in the best position to gain the most out of reading this work.
Textbook: The instructor will provide all materials which include a draft of a new commentary and a new text, both of which are in preparation for Paideia Institute Press and to which students may ultimately be contributing by their questions and observations. 
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Philip Mitsis

Phillip Mitsis is an Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization at NYU.