Humanities 110

Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean

Syllabus | Fall 2016

Coming Up

Mon 29 Aug

Readings
Lecture: Panel: Margot Minardi, Lucia Martinez, Michael Faletra, Christian Kroll
Map

Wed 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Freeman, pp. 19-36.
Lecture: "Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death..."
Nathalia King
Map

Fri 2 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Code of Hammurabi (online)
Lecture: "Of Gods, Kings, and Law"
David Garrett
Map

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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)
  • Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome (Oxford)
  • 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.

Recommended Texts

Williams and Colomb, The Craft of Argument (Concise Edition) (Chicago)
Harvey, The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Hackett)

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 in this course that continue through the year. Students who subsequently find it necessary to change conferences must petition the Humanities staff (forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Registrar or from Kathy Kennedy, Chem 303). Return completed forms to Tamara Metz, chair of Hum 110. 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 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

Mon 29 Aug

Readings
Lecture: Panel: Margot Minardi, Lucia Martinez, Michael Faletra, Christian Kroll
Map

Wed 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Freeman, pp. 19-36.
Lecture: "Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death..."
Nathalia King
Map

Fri 2 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Code of Hammurabi (online)
Lecture: "Of Gods, Kings, and Law"
David Garrett
Map

Week 2

Mon 5 Sep

Labor Day Holiday. No class.

Wed 7 Sep

Readings
  • Great Pyramid
  • Salima Ikram, Ancient Egypt: An Introduction, pp. 68-115 (on e-reserves)
  • Mark Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, pp. 106-119 (on e-reserves)
  • Freeman, pp. 37-55
Lecture: “Stairway to Heaven: The Great Pyramid In and Out of Context”
Tom Landvatter

Fri 9 Sep

Readings
  • Visual Images: study the images linked from the course web page before lecture and conference.
  • “The Tale of Sinuhe” and “The Teachings of Khety,” Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, pp. 21-53, 273-83
  • Freeman, pp. 81-92
Lecture: "Sinuhe’s Flight"
Elizabeth Drum

Sat 10 Sep

First Paper Due

Saturday, September 10, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.