Provost’s Office

Spring Term Planning Meeting: ENG 180 The Place of Myth: Literature and the Idea of Greece

7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT October 17

Location: Swanson Academic Center (SAC), SAC 303

Instructor: M. Selmon

COST: $4300* in addition to Spring Term fees

*This cost is a maximum estimate given information available on 28 September, 2021. We will work to make the final cost lower.

Note: This course will be offered in conjunction with ENG 180, The Place of Myth: Greek Island Environments, and many class meetings will be held in common.


Description:  ENG 180 will visit the historic island of Rhodes, Greece, the largest of the Aegean Sea’s Dodecanese islands.  Students will be based in old-town Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site; the city’s well-preserved Medieval walls enclose a rich array of Byzantine, Gothic, and Ottoman architecture, built upon classical Greek foundations.  Day trips will include excursions to sites like the Acropolis of Lindos, the 2800-year-old city of Kameiros, 13th-century churches, 16th century mosques and synagogues, and the ruins of crusader fortifications.  ENG 180 will explore how the idea of Greece as a culture and place has changed across the past 2500 years, and how literature has reflected these evolving understandings.  Readings will include selections from ancient Greek dramas and myths, as well as from modern Greek, English and American reimaginings of the idea of Greece.  All readings will be in English.

Free and open to the campus community