Humanities 110

Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean

Syllabus | Fall 2018

Coming Up

Mon 27 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: TBD
Nathalia King

Wed 29 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: TBD
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Fri 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: TBD
Panel: Nathalia King and Libby Drum

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Course Logistics

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia, trans. Fagles (Penguin)
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. George (Penguin)
  • Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Irwin (Hackett)
  • Herodotus, The Histories, trans. Selincourt (Penguin)
  • Hesiod, Theogony, trans. Lombardo (Hackett)
  • Homer, The Odyssey, trans. Fagle (Penguin)
  • Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation (Hackett)
  • Plato, Republic, trans. Reeve (Hackett)
  • Plato, Trial and Death of Socrates, trans. Grube (Hackett)
  • The Jewish Study Bible (Oxford)
  • The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, trans. Parkinson (Oxford)
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, trans. Warner (Penguin)
  • Various readings on e-reserves

E-RESERVES:

To access texts that are listed as being on e-reserves, go to the online version of the Hum 110 syllabus (, find the day’s reading assignments and follow the link to the text.  The links are also printed below if you wish to type them in directly. You will need your kerberos username and password to be able to access the texts. 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 the chair of Humanities 110, via email 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:

Three 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 TBD from XX 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, 7 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 “Exile and Return” (Module 1)

Mon 27 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: TBD
Nathalia King

Wed 29 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: TBD
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Fri 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: TBD
Panel: Nathalia King and Libby Drum

Week 2

Mon 3 Sep

Labor Day Holiday. No Class

Wed 5 Sep

Readings
  • The Tale of Sinuhe
Lecture: TBD
Libby Drumm

Fri 7 Sep

Readings
  • Dialogue Between a Man and his Soul
  • The Teaching of Khety
Lecture: TBD
Pancho Savery

Sat 8 Sep

Saturday, September 8, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.