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The Heroic and the Anti-Heroic in Classical Greek Civilization

The Heroic and the Anti-Heroic in Classical Greek Civilization

This is a free, online course offered by Harvard University. It is available in both a DSL connection and Audio only connection. "The true “hero” of this ancient Greek literature course is the logos, or word, of logical reasoning, as activated by Socratic dialogue. The logos of dialogue requires careful thinking, realized in close reading and reflective writing. The last “word” read in the course comes from Plato’s memories of the last days of Socrates. These memories depend on a thorough understanding of concepts of the hero in all their varieties throughout the history of Greek civilization and beyond. This course is driven by a sequence of dialogues that lead to such an understanding, guiding the attentive reader through some of the major works of the ancient Greek classics, from Homer... Show More


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