The aim of this course was the comparative study of four ancient epics from Mesopotamia, Greece, India, and Ireland. The core readings comprised: the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Mahabharata, and the Tain. Each text was considered both in its own historical and cultural context and in the larger shared context of ancient epic, myth, religion, and literature.
Required Course Texts
Andrew George, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Viking/Penguin ISBN:0140449191
Stanley Lombardo, Iliad, Hackett ISBN:0872203522
C.V. Narasimhan, Mahabharata, Columbia University ISBN:0231110553
Thomas Kinsella, Tain, Oxford ISBN:0192803735
It is essential that you read these translations of the class texts and that you always bring to class a hard copy of the text being discussed. Required texts are available at Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, on Amherst town green. All other readings are available for download on the course website. Procedure for gaining access to films will be explained in class.