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HON 150 Epic Tradition in Literature (3 credits)

This course will be organized around major thinkers whose works address perennial questions central to our Jesuit mission (the nature of Justice, questions of Faith, the Social contract, etc.). Each author considered will be presented within a rich historical context. Also, significant emphasis will be placed on Ancient and Medieval writers, in order to provide students a foundational introduction to the Western intellectual tradition that is taken up in subsequent team-taught interdisciplinary seminars. The Homeric epics, Plato’s Dialogues, Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Virgil’s Aeneid, the Confessions of Augustine, Dante’s Divine Comedy – such works established the conceptual framework in which questions of justice, personal freedom, and moral obligation continue to be debated today.

GEP First Year Seminar