Ch 4: Ancient Greek & Roman Literature

About This Chapter

From 'Dionysiaca' to 'Lysistrata', this chapter explores some of the most influential works of ancient Greek and Roman literature of which you may never have heard. Join us as we continue our Survey of World Literature.

Overview of Ancient Greek and Roman Literature Chapter Summary

From the earliest surviving epic poem to one of the first examples of powerful female characters in Western literature, this chapter offers a glimpse into the beauty that was ancient Greek and Roman literature. These lessons provide an exciting view of the culture and history of our ancestors, and you have access to this material through engaging lessons. Poems in this chapter include:

  • Dionysiaca, the earliest surviving epic poem
  • The Titanomachy, an epic battle between the Titans and Olympians
  • Pharsalia, civil war comes to Julius Ceasar
  • Georgics, a plea for a return to an agricultural economy
  • Thebaid, continuing strife between Argos and Thebes
  • Lysistrata, women uniting to force an end to the Peloponnesian war.

We are continually adding lessons written by subject matter experts, and we are available to assist you while you use them. Work with them whenever and wherever you like, using the pieces you choose and making the materials yours. Enjoy exploring this selection of the Ancient Greek and Roman Literature! If you are interested in full literature courses, be sure to check out some of the links below!

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