COURSE READINGS AND DISCUSSION TOPICS
- -*Gochberg, D. S. (ed.), Classics of Western Thought: The Ancient World 4th edition (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1987) required
-Lesley Adkins & Roy Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece (Oxford 1998) paper
- -Lesley Adkins & Roy Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome (Oxford 1998) paper
- -Chambers, Mortimer, et al. The Western Experience Volume A 8th edition
- -K. Turabian, Student's Guide for Writing College Papers 3rd ed. pb. if needed, as
Information about: PAPER 1 First Draft March 12
PAPER 1 Final Draft March 26 (either in class on the 26th, or by hand delivery or by e-mail, to reach the Instructor by this date.
There may be a penalty for late papers--as much as one grade level.)
WEEK I INTRODUCTION. The Near Eastern Background (a few examples of method and topic):
-Egyptians: "The Dream of Amenhotep II"
Notes on Egypt
WISDOM LITERATURE: -"The Instruction of Ptah-hotep"
-Chambers, pp. 11-20.
WEEK 2 EPIC AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL MODELS.
-Homer, Iliad (Gochberg, pp. 1-38)
"Homer and the Military"
-Chambers, pp. 40-42, 47-48 and 81-82.
-Adkins & Adkins, pp. 86-88; 96-111, 255.
WEEK 3 THE DRAMA AS PUBLIC INSTRUCTION IN VALUES.
-Sophocles, Oedipus the King (Oedipus Tyrannos) (Gochberg, pp. 47-130)
-Handout: "Oedipus: The Family History" and Outline of the drama.
DRAMA IN ATHENS: The Experience of the Theater.
-Aristotle, Poetics (Gochberg, pp. 376-383)
-"Aristotle, The Poetics" [Handouts]
-Adkins & Adkins, 258-265.
WEEK 4 PHILOSOPHY AND THE CITY-STATE: Defining The Polis 5
-Aristotle, The Politics (Gochberg, pp. 368-375).
-Handout: "Aristotle, The Politics"
-Adkins & Adkins, 26-37; 123-169.
HERODOTUS AND THE HISTORICAL TRADITION.
-Gochberg, pp. 148-159.
-Adkins & Adkins, pp. 5-9.
DISCUSSION OF TERM PAPER DRAFTS
WEEK 6 SPARTA
-Xenophon, Constitution of the Spartans (Gochberg, 160-172).
-Texts (Handouts on Lycurgus, Plutarch and Sparta, etc.)
-Adkins & Adkins, pp. 26-31; 142-144.
WEEK 7 THUCYDIDES AND SCIENTIFIC HISTORY. War between Athens and Sparta.
-Gochberg, pp. 173-195.
-Adkins & Adkins, pp. 132-136.
-Chambers, pp. 60-66.
THE END OF THE WAR: Socrates.
-Plato, The Apology of Socrates (Gochberg, pp. 294-313).
-Adkins & Adkins, pp. 214-223; 388-389.
-Chambers, pp. 76-78.
WEEK 8 PHILOSOPHY IN A NEW KEY. Soul and Conscience.
-Plato, The Phaedo (Gochberg, pp. 314-326.)
The MIDTERM QUIZ will be held on Friday, March 30.
FINAL VERSION OF FIRST PAPER IS DUE. By Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m..
Deliver to class on April 6 or deliver to the departmental office
(403 or 408 Sierra Tower) to be put in my mail slot.
WEEK 9 ROMANS, I. THE LAW OF AN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.
-"The Twelve Tables"
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, ch. 1 & 2 (pp. 14-30).
WEEK 10 THE KINGS AND MYTHOLOGY
-Livy, The Early Heroes, Kings & Consuls (Gochberg, pp. 384-402)
-Goff, pp. 91-99.
ROME AND CARTHAGE, I. Cato and Roman Virtue.
-Plutarch, Marcus Cato (Gochberg, pp. 403-416).
-Goff, pp. 99-104.
WEEK 11 EPICUREANISM. Greek Ideas, Imperialism, The Late Republic. (200-44 B.C.)
-Lucretius, On the Nature of Things (Gochberg, pp. 450-469).
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, ch. 6 "Imperium" (pp. 63-69), & ch. 9 "A
Politician's Progress" (pp. 86-94)
-Goff, pp. 107-119.
LAST DAY TO SETTLE ON TERM PAPER TOPIC #2 (ROMAN WORLD) AND INFORM
INSTRUCTOR (Brief written note, 2-3 paragraphs)
EPICUREAN SATIRE: Petronius and the Court of Nero.
-Petronius, Satyricon (Gochberg, pp.470-496).
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, pp. 105-119; Ch. 13 (pp. 120-128).
-Goff, pp. 143-148.
WEEK 12 STOICISM. Nature and Law. Cicero and the Republic.
-Cicero, On The Laws (Gochberg, pp. 430-439.
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, ch. 5 (pp. 53-61)
-Goff, pp. 123-127.
GOOD EMPERORS: Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.)
-Marcus Aurelius, Thoughts (Gochberg, pp. 510-520)
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, ch. 20 (pp. 182-187)
-Goff, pp. 150-152.
WEEK 13 CHRISTIANITY. Jesus, Paul.
-Gospel of Matthew, Acts of the Apostles, Paul, Letters (Gochberg, pp. 591-616.)
-Pliny, handout on Christian persecutions
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, ch. 17 (pp. 156-164).
-Goff, pp. 130-140; 148-149.
ESCAPE FROM THE WORLD: Pagan Salvation (Cult of Isis)
-Apuleius, The Golden Ass (Gochberg, pp. 521-535)
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, ch. 16 (pp. 146-155)
WEEK 14 ESCAPE FROM THE WORLD: Christianity and St. Jerome
-Jerome, Letter CXXV  (Gochberg, pp. 617-627).
CHRISTIANITY TRIUMPHANT: Criticizing Greco-Romzn Civilization: Augustine
-Augustine of Hippo, City of God (Gochberg, pp.628-642)
-Tingay & Badcock, These Were the Romans, pp. 187-191.
-Goff, pp. 152-158.
SECOND PAPER IS DUE:
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 3:00 p.m.
THERE WILL BE A FINAL QUIZ AT THE FINAL EXAM HOUR:
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 3:00 p.m. 1/2 hr
FINAL EXAM: The final examination is given
at the time assigned by the Registrar, as printed in the Course
Schedule Book for the current term. No early exams are allowed, by
University rule. If you are unable to take the final exam, you may be
eligible for an "Incomplete" grade, IF you fill out and submit a petition
(form obtainable from the Departmental Office, Sierra Tower 403), which
may be signed by the Instructor, if a valid excuse is presented with the
completed form. Please be aware that the convenience of the student or the student’s family is NOT a valid reason. This refers especially to Weddings, Graduations, and Vacations