Sep 15, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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CLAS 2310 - Human Aspirations Among the Greeks and Romans

Identifies three of the great dreams or aspirations of the ancient Greeks and Romans–aspirations that lived on in written form and played an important role in shaping the ideals and aspirations of later Western civilization: 1) the political aspiration to create a just society; 2) the philosophical aspiration to “know oneself” and to be a person of virtue whatever the condition of one’s society; and 3) the Christian aspiration to live a life of loving service that derives from the Christian understanding of the nature of God. Reading quite a bit of primary source literature in English translation expected. Primary means of presentation will be lecture with short periods of discussion interspersed.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will contemplate the value of idealism in human experience and to consider whether one wants his or her life to be driven by ideals or utility.
  • Students will learn to respect smart ideas even when they appear in strange cultural and intellectual contexts.
  • Students will practice reading carefully and sympathetically in order to accurately understand what the author is saying–and why.
  • Students will understand how new ideals arise in human history.
  • Students will understand that new ideals arise in human history.

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