"The bodies of the dying were heaped one on top of the other, and half-dead creatures could be seen staggering about in the streets or flocking around the fountains in their desire for water. The temples in which they took up their quarters were full of the dead bodies of people who had died inside them. For the catastrophe was so overwhelming that men, not knowing what would happen next to them, became indifferent to every rule of religion or of law" (History of the Peloponnesian War, II.52).
Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy
(originally Humanities A) has been part of the Core Curriculum of Columbia College for seventy-five years. Some titles have never left the required reading list: Homer, The Iliad; Aeschylus, Oresteia; Sophocles, Oedipus the King; and Dante, The Inferno. Others have rotated on and off. Today’s Literature Humanities includes works ranging from The Holy Bible and Augustine’s Confessions to Montaigne’s Essays and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.