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CLASSICS 310: Gods and Humans in Greek Philosophical Thought (CLASSICS 110)

We will examine several key aspects of Greek religion: the Greek conception of the gods; how humans got messages from the gods through oracles, divination, and epiphanies; and the festival of the Eleusinian Mysteries. We will read fragments of Heraclitus and Parmenides, and Plato¿ Apology, Republic 6-7, and Phaedrus to investigate these philosophers¿ new conceptions of gods and humans. What kinds of divinities did the philosophers conceive of? How could a human achieve divine wisdom? To what extent did the philosophers use traditional religious ideas? nnAdvanced undergrads may register
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Nightingale, A. (PI)
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