Humanities 110

Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean

Syllabus | Fall 2017

Coming Up

Mon 23 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, 5.55-78, 8.1-103, 9.17-82, 9.114-122
Lecture: “Look to the End’: Herodotus and Narrative Form”
Jay Dickson

Wed 25 Oct

Readings
Lecture: "Architecture, Memory and Meaning: The Parthenon and Beyond"
Christian Kroll

Thu 26 Oct

Lecture

“Before Religion? The Zoroastrian Concept of Daēnā and Two Myths about It”
Bruce Lincoln

6:00 PM, Performing Arts Building 320

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Course Logistics

Required Texts

  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia, trans. Fagles (Penguin)
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. George (Penguin)
  • New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, trans. Coogan, et al. (Oxford)
  • Curd, ed., Presocratics Reader: Selected Fragments and Testimonia, trans. McKirahan (Hackett)
  • Euripides, Euripides I, ed. David Grene and Richmond Lattimore (University of Chicago Press)
  • Herodotus, The Histories, trans. Selincourt (Penguin)
  • Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days, trans. Lombardo (Hackett)
  • Homer, The Iliad, trans. Lattimore (Chicago)
  • Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation (Hackett)
  • The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, trans. Parkinson (Oxford)
  • Sophocles, Sophocles I: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, trans. Grene and Lattimore (Chicago)
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, trans. Warner (Penguin)
  • Various Readings on The Ancient Mediterranean and Western Asia available on e-reserves

E-Reserves

To access texts that are listed as being on e-reserves, find the day's reading assignments and follow the link to the text. You will need your kerberos username and password to be able to access the texts. Learn more about accessing e-reserves on Moodle. Please bring a copy of the day's reading assignment to class.

On Reserve at the Library

Course packet of all texts that are listed as being on e-reserves.
Harvey, The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Hackett)
Williams and Colomb, The Craft of Argument (Concise Edition) (Chicago)

All texts may be purchased at the Reed College Bookstore; limited numbers of each are on reserve in Hauser Library. Also on reserve or in the reference section: Oxford Classical Dictionary; Oxford Companion to Classical Literature; Anchor Atlas of World History, Volume I; Richard Lanham, Revising Prose.

Conference Assignments

The Registrar makes initial assignments to conferences for both semesters in this yearlong course. Students who subsequently find it necessary to change conferences due to time conflicts must contact Elizabeth Drumm, the chair of Humanities 110, via email (drumme@reed.edu) or during office hours, with the scheduling conflict. If the change is approved, the Hum 110 chair will place you in a new section based on available slots. No conference changes will be permitted after the second week of the term.

Papers, Writing Assignments, and Examinations

Four course-wide papers will be assigned, due at the times designated on the schedule of readings and lectures; at least one of these papers will be revised. Individual conference leaders may assign additional writing. If the due date for an assignment conflicts with a religious holiday or obligation that you wish to observe, please consult with your conference leader. A four-hour final examination for the fall semester will be given Tuesday, December 12 from 1:00-5:00pm in Vollum Lecture Hall. Rescheduling of the final exam will be allowed only for medical reasons

Writing Center

You can get additional help with all stages of the writing process from the Writing Center located in the Dorothy Johansen House. Drop-in help from writing tutors is available Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; additional hours will also be available during weeks that a paper is due (contact the Writing Center for more information).

Schedule of Readings and Lectures

Map of the Ancient World
Basic Chronology of the Ancient World

Week 1 - Course Introduction and Mesopotamia

Mon 28 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. xiii-lii, 1-100, 175-195;
  • Danielle Allen, “Aims of Education” address, University of Chicago, 2001. (e-reserves)
Lecture: "Introduction to Hum 110: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean"
Panel: Christian Kroll, Lucía Martínez Valdivia, and Jay Dickson
  1. Panel Presentation by Prof. Jay Dickson, English
  2. Panel Presentation by Prof. Lucía Martínez Valdivia, English.
  3. Powerpoint to accompany panel presentation by Prof. Martínez Valdivia.
  4. Panel Presentation by Prof. Christian Kroll.
Map

Wed 30 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: "Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death…"
Nathalia King
Map

Fri 1 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: "Reading Between and Around the Lines"
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Map

Week 2 - Mesopotamia continued

Mon 4 Sep

Labor Day Holiday. No class.

Wed 6 Sep

Readings
No readings
Lecture: "Paper Writing in Hum 110: How Close Reading leads to Argument"
Panel: Nathalia King and Elizabeth Drumm

Fri 8 Sep

Readings
Lecture: "Of Gods, Kings, and Laws"
David Garrett

Sat 9 Sep

First Paper Due

Saturday, September 9, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

View Paper Topics

Week 3 - Life, death, and heroism in ancient Egypt

Mon 11 Sep

Readings
Lecture: “Stairway to Heaven: the Great Pyramid in and out of Context”
Tom Landvatter

Wed 13 Sep

Readings
  • “The Tale of Sinuhe” and “The Teachings of Khety,” Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, pp. 21-53, 273-83
Lecture: “Sinuhe’s Flight”
Elizabeth Drumm

Fri 15 Sep

Readings
  • Visual images:  study these images before lecture and conference
  • "The Great Hymn to Osiris" (Lichtheim II 81-86) (e-reserves)
  • "Horus and Seth" (Lichtheim II 214-223) (e-reserves)
  • "The Judgement of the Dead" (Lichtheim II 124-132) (e-reserves)
  • "The Dialogue of a Man and His Soul" Tale of Sinuhe and Other Egyptian Poems, pp. 151-65
  • "Coffin Text 148" (Simpson 263-265) (on e-reserves)
  • "Harper Songs" (Simpson 332-333; Lichtheim II 115-116) (on e-reserves)
Lecture: “Sirius Rising: Religion and Art in Ancient Egypt”
Pancho Savery

Week 4 - Egypt and its legacy

Mon 18 Sep

Readings
Lecture: Democratizing Culture: King Tut and the Canon Wars”
Sarah Wagner-McCoy

Wed 20 Sep

Readings
  • Image gallery
  • Fowler, Barbara Hughes (trans), Love poems, Love lyrics of ancient Egypt, pp. xiii-xv, 6-9, 17, 38-41, 57-58, 66-67 (e-reserves)
  • Foster, John L., Ancient Egyptian Literature, Leiden Hymns XL (pp. 156), XC (pp.160-161), and C (pp.162). (e-reserves)
Lecture: “Caught in the Spell: Love Poems and Sacred Hymns”
Lena Lencek

Fri 22 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Bks 1-6
Lecture: "'Oral Tradition in Homer: Giving Form to Action"
Nathalia King

Week 5 - Life, death, and heroism in archaic Greece

Mon 25 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Books 7-15
Lecture: “Divine and Human Values in The Iliad”
Ann Delehanty
Map

Wed 27 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Books 16-20
Lecture: "The Iliad's Conception of Fate"
Meg Scharle and Paul Hovda
Map

Fri 29 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Books 21-24
Lecture: “Love is a Battlefield”
Jay Dickson
Map

Week 6 - Greek poetry beyond the Iliad

Mon 2 Oct

Readings
  • Hesiod, Theogony, lines 1-210, 455-725, 887-967; Works and Days (entire)
Lecture: “Goddesses and Gods”
Michael Faletra
Map

Wed 4 Oct

Readings
  • Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation: Sappho (entire selection, pp. 51-63), Archilochus (Fragments 5, 13, 19, 114, 128, 196a, 191, 193, 201), Solon (Fragment 4), Theognis (lines 19-30)
Lecture: “Speaking Sappho: Lyric Form, Lyric Voice”
Lucia Martinez Valdivia
Map

Fri 6 Oct

Readings
  • Presocratics Reader: Xenophanes (pp. 31-38); Heraclitus (pp. 39-54); Parmenides (pp. 55-65)
Lecture: “Change and Eternity; Appearance and Reality”
Paul Hovda
Map

Sat 7 Oct

Second Paper Due

Saturday, October 7, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

View Paper Topics

Week 7 - Persian and Greek encounters

Mon 9 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, 1.1-91, 1.107-140, 1.201-216, 2.113-120
Lecture: "Oracular History and Athenian Empire"
Margot Minardi

Wed 11 Oct

Readings
  • Image gallery
  • Persian imperial inscriptions, from The Persian Empire, Kuhrt, ed., 70-74, 141-158, 492-495, 503-505 (e-reserves)      
  • Herodotus, Histories, 3.61-89
Lecture: “Empire of All Kinds”
Margot Minardi

Thu 12 Oct

Lecture

“Herodotus Is Not From Here: History Looking in a Different Direction”
Carolyn Dewald, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at Bard College

4:30 PM, Psych 105

Fri 13 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, 2.1-64, 3.38, 7.1-152
Lecture: “Herodotus the Tourist: The Role of Ethnography in Herodotus’ Histories”
Ellen Millender

Sun 15 Oct

Fall Break

October 15-October 22

Week 8 - Persian and Greek encounters

Mon 23 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, 5.55-78, 8.1-103, 9.17-82, 9.114-122
Lecture: “Look to the End’: Herodotus and Narrative Form”
Jay Dickson

Wed 25 Oct

Readings
Lecture: "Architecture, Memory and Meaning: The Parthenon and Beyond"
Christian Kroll

Thu 26 Oct

Lecture

“Before Religion? The Zoroastrian Concept of Daēnā and Two Myths about It”
Bruce Lincoln

6:00 PM, Performing Arts Building 320

Fri 27 Oct

Readings
  • Image gallery
  • Margaret Cool Root. "The Parthenon Frieze and the Apadana Reliefs at Persepolis: Reassessing a Programmatic Relationship", pp. 103-120, (e-reserves)
Lecture: "Architecture and Anxieties of Influence: the Persian Apadana and the Greek Parthenon"
Kris Cohen and Nathalia King

Week 9 – Visualizing Athens

Mon 30 Oct

Readings
  • Aeschylus, “Agamemnon,” Oresteia
Lecture: “The Beginnings of Tragedy”
Jay Dickson

Wed 1 Nov

Readings
  • Aeschylus, “Libation Bearers” and “Eumenides,” Oresteia
Lecture: "The Trouble with Justice"
David Garrett

Fri 3 Nov

Readings
Lecture: “Life Forms”
Kris Cohen

Sat 4 Nov

Third paper due

Saturday, November 4, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 10 – Staging democracy

Mon 6 Nov

Readings
  • Sophocles, Antigone
Lecture: “Antigone and Athens’ Democratic Anxieties”
Tamara Metz

Wed 8 Nov

Readings
  • Euripides, Medea
Lecture: “Medea in Motion”
Misha Teramura

Wed 8 Nov

Performance

“Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles”

7:30 PM, Portland Center Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave.

Thu 9 Nov

Performance

“Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles”

7:30 PM, Portland Center Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave.

Fri 10 Nov

Readings
  • Susan Lape, Race and Citizen Identity in the Classical Athenian Democracy, pp. 1-52 (e-reserves)
Lecture: "Did Race Matter in Classical Antiquity? Athenian Democracy and the History of a Dangerous Idea"
Margot Minardi

Week 11 – Democratic anxieties

Mon 13 Nov

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book 1:1-55, 66-125, 139-146, Book 2:1-18, 33-65
Lecture: “Costs of (Athenian?) Democracy”
Tamara Metz

Wed 15 Nov

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book 3:1-50, 69-85, Book 4:57-63, Book 5:83-116
Lecture: “Thucydides and the School of War”
Ellen Millender

Fri 17 Nov

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Book 6:87-93, Book 6. 1-41, Book 7. 1-18, 7. 49.87
Lecture: "Thucydides, the Sophists, and the Sicilian Expedition"
Wally Englert

Week 12 – Back to origins

Mon 20 Nov

Readings
  • Genesis, chapters 1-10, plus introduction to Genesis from the Oxford Study Bible
Lecture: “The Geneses of Genesis”
Michael Faletra

Wed 22 Nov

Readings
  • Genesis, chapters 11-50 (focus on 11-23)
Lecture: “Babble”
Jan Mieszkowski

Thu 23 Nov

Thanksgiving break

November 23-November 26

Week 13 – The Hebrew Bible in the Mediterranean world

Mon 27 Nov

Readings
  • Exodus, chapters 1-15, plus introduction to Exodus from the Oxford Study Bible
  • Martin Jaffee, Early Judaism, pp. 19-28, 49-67 (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "To Distinguish Holy from Unholy: Sacrifice and Purities in the Torah"
Steve Wasserstrom

Wed 29 Nov

Readings
  • Exodus 15-35; 40.16-34
Lecture: “Moses as a Nation Builder”
Tamara Metz

Fri 1 Dec

Readings
  • Kimberly B. Stratton, “Identity,” in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. Barbette Stanley Spaeth, pp. 220-251. (e-reserves)
Lecture: “Making connections across cultures”
Elizabeth Drumm and Lucía Martínez Valdivia

Sat 2 Dec

Fourth paper due

Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 14 – Biblical heroes?

Mon 4 Dec

Readings
  • Job (entire, but read swiftly through chapters 4-27; these are the dialogues with the three friends that are dismissed by Job -  and God -- as problematic)
Lecture: “Questioning (in) the Book of Job”
Kristin Scheible

Wed 6 Dec

Readings
  • Esther (entire)
Lecture: “Esther Engendered”
Kristin Scheible

Tue 12 Dec

Final Exam

Tuesday, December 12, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM