FLIT 150: Reading List
It is expected, with the exception of the first class meeting, that the student will read the material under a particular week-day before that day/class. There are many outlines and various helps and analyses in the Handouts section of this website (click on the blue button at the left). Material assigned may be tested on quizzes or exams, whether treated in detail in class or not; this especially includes the material in Chambers, The Western Experience I!
NOTE: If you purchased the older 9th edition, that is OK, but you should use the old reading list
INTRODUCTION. Course Materials. "Psalm 23"
THE MIDDLE EASTERN BACKGROUND:
-"Sumerian King List"
-"Enuma Elish" (Mesopotamian Creation Epic)
THE BEGINNING OF THE EPIC. Flood Stories
-"Epic of Gilgamesh" (Gochberg, Ch. 24)
-Chambers, pp. 6-13.
EPIC: WARFARE AND VALUES. THE HOMERIC VIEW OF HUMANITY.
POLIS VALUES IN SOCIETY. DRAMATIC AND PHILOSOPHIC VIEWS.
-Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Oidipous Tyrannos) (Gochberg, Ch. 3.).
-Outline on the Handouts list.
-Chambers, pp. 70-71.
-Aristotle, The Poetics (Gochberg, Ch. 13)
POLIS VALUES. ARISTOTLE and the Invention of Political Science
-Aristotle, The Politics (Gochberg, Ch. 12)
-Chambers, pp. 46-49 (The Greek Renaissance; The Polis).
SPARTA: One kind of real polis: Lycurgus
-Xenophon, Constitution of the Spartans, (Gochberg, Ch. 5)
-Handout: Xenophon, "Some Spartan Stories"
The SPARTAN GOVERNMENT: Ephors, Krypteia
-Handout: "Spartan Stories"
SPARTA: Working with Greece. (Persian Wars, 490 and 480/79)
-Herodotus, pp. 148-159.
-Handouts on Sparta [in Adams, Course Materials]
-Chambers, p. 49 (Sparta).
HERODOTUS and the historical tradition. Solon the Athenian.
-Chambers, pp. 50-57; 73 (Early Athens).
-Outline in Handouts section
-Herodotus, The Histories (Gochberg, pp. 148-159)
HERODOTUS. THE PERSIAN WARS (499-479 B.C.)
-Herodotus, The Histories (Gochberg, pp. 131-148)
THUCYDIDES: The Virtues of a Statesman (Pericles, d. 429 B.C.)
THE END OF THE WAR: SOCRATES. ATHENIAN JUSTICE.
-Socrates' trial: texts in the Handouts section.
-Plato, The Apology of Socrates (Gochberg, pp. 294-313).
-Chambers, pp. 68-69.
MIDTERM EXAM. The essay questions will be sent out.
CATO. War With Carthage
-Gochberg, pp. 403-416 (Plutarch, Cato the Elder)
-Chambers, pp. 99-101.
EPICUREANISM: An Alternative to public duty.
-Gochberg, pp. 450-469 (Lucretius, On the Nature of Things)
-Chambers p. 85-86 (Epicurus; Zeno and Stoics). pp. 102-110 (end of the Republic).
ZENO and the Stoic Universe
-"Some Stoic Texts"
STOICISM: Cicero's version of Stoic LAW (Imperialism)
-Gochberg, pp. 430-439.
CHRISTIANITY: Jesus and his message.
-Gochberg, Chapter 26.
-Chambers, pp. 137-151.
PAUL and his message. Founding the Church.
-Handout: "Early Christian Organization"
-Chambers, pp. 142-143.
CHRISTIANITY and Values: Persecutions and Triumph
-Handout: "Pliny on Christians; Acts of the Apostles"
EMPERORS AND PHILOSOPHY: Marcus Aurelius (161-180), Stoic and Christian persecutor.
-Marcus Aurelius, Thoughts (Gochberg, Ch. 22)
-Chambers, 118-130 (Good Emperors).
PIETY AND SATIRE. The Isis Cult.
January 26, 2013 8:35 PM
John Adams, CSUN