Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading: The Dawn of Western Philosophy and Cosmology
Tues. 8pm Eastern
Course description: In this reading group we will work through key fragments from the thinkers known as the Pre-Socratics, the first recorded philosophers and proto-scientists in the Western tradition. It is likely that this semester we will start with Heraclitus’s so-called Cosmic Fragments, before turning to Anaxagoras and Empedocles.
Level: Greek at an intermediate to advanced level. Most of the texts are very difficult but we will be using texts that help with unusual vocabulary and grammatical constructions. This is not a sight-reading class. Home preparation is required.
Textbook: The instructor will provide the texts and recommend supplementary readings as appropriate. The texts we will be reading can mostly be found in M. R. Wright, The Presocratics (Bristol Classical Press, 1985), but students may find that the editor oscillates between giving too little help and too much.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.