Free Online Course on Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature

The Harvard University is offering free online course on Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature. This short literature course, based on the first half of the Masterpieces of World Literature edX MOOC, examines how civilizations and cultures of the ancient world are themselves explained through literature and how that literature has continued to contribute to the understanding of those civilizations and cultures today.

In this eight week course, applicants will examine how cultures of the ancient world defined themselves through literature and how their vision of literature contributes to our understanding of civilization, culture, and literature today.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 3-6 hours pw
Subject: Literature
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: At your own pace

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.

About This Course

This short literature course, based on the first half of the Masterpieces of World Literature edX MOOC, examines how civilizations and cultures of the ancient world are themselves explained through literature and how that literature has continued to contribute to the understanding of those civilizations and cultures today.

Why Take This Course?

Cities, nations, and empires from antiquity through the middle ages drew on foundational histories and myths for their identities, about these narratives through generations of oral-storytelling and new writing technologies. These epics, story collections, and novels, which take a keen interest in heroic travelers, would eventually travel themselves, finding new global audiences as the first works of world literature.

Learning Outcomes

  • The early history of World Literature.
  • How literary works are transformed by cultural transmission and modern recovery.
  • How to critically analyze literary works.
  • The significance of major technological advances in writing.

Instructors

David Damrosch
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature
Harvard University

Martin Puchner
Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature
Harvard University

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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