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Jews and Greeks:
Hero, City, Altar

In this course, we will compare the Greek ideas of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and the Greek imagination of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides with the vision and teachings of the Hebrew Bible. What did a hero look like to ancient Greek philosophers and playwrights? What role did the city play in the daily lives and thought of Athenians? How did these two ancient civilizations understand the meaning and idea of sacrifice? Through a careful reading of these great texts, we will consider and contrast each of these themes—hero, city, and altar—in the Greek and Biblical traditions.