Tagged: CC102

The Lego Inferno

With final papers done and turned in, exams finished, and the semester turning over into the start of the summer break, CC102 students might be feeling a bit like they’ve emerged from the final level of the Inferno — “Procrastinators”?, skipping Purgatory altogether to end up directly in the Paradiso-like environs of summer break. So […]

How should Aeneas have dumped Dido?

According to Prof. Pat Johnson (in yesterday’s CC102 lecture), “any BU undergraduate could have found a better way to dump Dido than Aeneas did in Book IV of the Aeneid“: She was the first to speak and charge Aeneas: “You even hope to keep me in the dark as to this outrage, did you, two-faced […]

Tea with two Zen masters

During his introduction this morning of Prof. Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis before her lecture to the students of CC102 on the arts of Asia, Prof. Eckel made reference to The Long Search, a famous 1977 BBC series on the religious philosophies of the world. Specifically, he mentioned the scene in Volume 9 (“Japan: The Land of […]

On Relating Core to Bob Dylan

As Professor David Roochnick mentioned this morning as part of CC102′s concluding thoughts from the faculty, the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s Chimes of Freedom (here performed by Bruce Springsteen) reflect the themes and ideas covered throughout the first year of core humanities. Lyrics: Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s broken toll We ducked inside the […]

From Nelson’s lecture on Virgil’s Aeneid

At yesterday’s CC102 lecture, Prof. Stephanie Nelson spoke about the two stories in Virgil’s Aeneid – the one being the story of the founding of Rome, and the other a tale of ‘pious Aeneas’, who fled his destroyed home in search of another. For the benefit of those who couldn’t attend the lecture, here are […]

Analects of the Core: Virgil on Aeneas’ last words to Dido

“Dido, do forlorn, The story then that came to me was true, That you were out of life, had met your end By your own hand. Was I, was I the cause? I swear by heaven’s stars, by the high gods, By any certainty below the earth, I left your land against my will, my […]

Analects of the Core: Virgil on Greek gifts

‘Men of Troy, what madness has come over you? can you believe the enemy truly gone? A gift from the Danaans, and no ruse? Is that Ulysses’ way, as you have known him? Achaens must be hiding in this timber, Or it was built to butt against our walls, Peer over them into our houses, […]

On Arjuna’s moral dilemma

Earlier this week, Prof. Emily Hudson—a specialist on Religion and Literature—introduced faculty and students in CC102 to the world of The Bhagavad Gita. For years we have heard about the “dilemma” that Arjuna faces as he stands with his charioteer Krishna between two armies who are preparing to destroy each other. Should he fight in […]

Ajax in Afghanistan, revisited

Professor Steve Esposito, a longtime member of the Core Humanities faculty and associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Classics, writes about a recent Core excursion to a new theatrical version of Ajax… This weekend, 85 Core students and 10 members of the Core faculty attended the very successful production of Sophocles’ […]

Analects of the Core: Dante on recreating memory

Day was departing, and the darkening air Called all earth’s creatures to their evening quiet While I alone was preparing as though for war To struggle with my journey and with the spirit Of pity, which flawless memory will redraw: O Muses, O genius of art, O memory whose merit Has inscribed inwardly those things […]