Syllabus | Spring 2016
- Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. Lindsay (Indiana University Press)
- Aristophanes, Three Comedies: The Birds, The Clouds, The Wasps, trans. Arrowsmith (University of Michigan Press)
- Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Irwin (Hackett)
- Cicero, Selected Works, trans. M. Grant (Penguin)
- Epictetus, The Handbook, trans. Nicholas P. White (Hackett)
- Euripides, Euripides I, ed. David Grene and Richmond Lattimore (University of Chicago Press)
- Freeman, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, 2nd ed. (Oxford)
- Josephus, The Jewish War, trans. Williamson (Penguin)
- Livy, The Rise of Rome; Ab Urbe Condita, trans. Luce (Oxford)
- Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, trans. Englert (Focus Philosophical Library)
- The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha New Revised Standard Version: College Edition (Oxford)
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, trans. Melville (Oxford)
- Plato, Republic, trans. Reeve (Hackett)
- Plato, Trial and Death of Socrates, trans. Grube (Hackett)
- Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters, trans. Hadas (Norton)
- Theocritus, Idylls, trans. Verity (Oxford)
- Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. Mandelbaum (Bantam Doubleday Dell)
- Various readings on the Roman World available on e-reserves
- Harvey, The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Hackett)
- Williams, The Craft of Argument (Univ. of Chicago Press)
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.
The Registrar makes initial assignments to conferences in this course that continue through the year. Students who subsequently find it necessary to change conferences due to time conflicts must petition the chair of Humanities 110. Forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Registrar, online (https://www.reed.edu/registrar/form_downloads/humconf.pdf) or from Kathy Kennedy, Chem 303. Turn in completed forms to Humanities 110 Chair as soon as possible. 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. Individual conference leaders may assign additional writing. A final examination for the spring term will be given in finals week, May 9, 1-5pm. Vollum Lecture Hall. Rescheduling of the final exam will be allowed only for medical reasons.
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
Mon 25 Jan
- Euripides, Medea
Lecture: "The Problem With Being a Barbarian"
Wed 27 Jan
- The Trial and Death of Socrates
Lecture: "A Kind of Gadfly"
Fri 29 Jan
- Aristophanes, The Clouds
Lecture: "The Comic City"
Mon 1 Feb
- Plato, Republic, Books 1 - 2
Lecture: "Who is Cephalus?"
Wed 3 Feb
- Plato, Republic, Books 3 - 5
Lecture: "Sex, Gender and the Power(s) of Philosophy"
Fri 5 Feb
- Plato, Republic, Books 6 - 7
Lecture: "Platonic Metaphysics"
Mon 8 Feb
- Plato, Republic, Books 8 - 10
Lecture: "Image Worlds”
Wed 10 Feb
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 1 - 2
Lecture: “The Function Argument”
Fri 12 Feb
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 3 and 6
Lecture: “Acting Justly or Just Acting: On Becoming Virtuous"
Mon 15 Feb
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 10
Lecture: “What Aristotle Had That We Do Not"
Wed 17 Feb
Fri 19 Feb
Lecture: "Ancient Aliens: Material Culture and Identity in Hellenistic Alexandria"
Sat 20 Feb
First Paper Due
Saturday, February 20, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.
Mon 22 Feb
- Theocritus, 1-7, 11, 13, 15, 17
- Freeman, pp. 333-354 (2nd edition) or 332-354 (3rd edition)
Lecture: "Country Matters"
Wed 24 Feb
- Polybius, Histories, Book 6, sections 1-39, 47, 50-58 (on e-reserve)
- Freeman, pp. 369-401 (2nd edition) or 368-399 (3rd edition)
Lecture: "Polybian Thought"
Fri 26 Feb
- Lucretius, On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura), Book 1 (lines 1-637, 921-1117), Book 2 (lines 1-293), and Book 3 (all);
- Garnsey & Saller, The Roman Empire, chapter 9 (on e-reserve)
Lecture: "Lucretius, Rome, and the Nature of the Universe"
Mon 29 Feb
- Lucretius, On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura). Books 5 - 6
Lecture: "Lucretius and the Things of Nature"
Wed 2 Mar
- Cicero, On Duties III
- Freeman, pp. 402-428 (2nd edition) or 400-427 (3rd edition)
Lecture: "Cicero and Roman Philosophy"
Fri 4 Mar
- Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Preface and Book 1
Lecture: "How to Found a Republic: The Roman Example"
Mon 7 Mar
Wed 9 Mar
Fri 11 Mar
- Peter J. Holliday, "Time, History, and Ritual on the Ara Pacis Augustae" (available on JSTOR)
- Study this Image Gallery before lecture and conference
- Browse the Ara Pacis Augustae In-depth Visual Documentation website
Lecture: "Picturing Peace"
Sat 12 Mar
Saturday, March 12, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.
Mon 14 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1 – 4
Lecture: "Epic and Allusion in Virgil's Aeneid"
Wed 16 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 5 – 7
Lecture: "The Two Faces of Aeneas: Private Feeling and Public Duty"
Fri 18 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 8-9
Ann Delehanty, Tamara Metz, David Garrett, Kris Cohen
Sat 19 Mar
March 19-March 27
Mon 28 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 9 – 12
- Homer, The Iliad, Book 24
Lecture: "This is the End"
Wed 30 Mar
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 1 – 3
Lecture: "Language, Power, Change"
Fri 1 Apr
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 4 – 6, 15
Lecture: "Portrait of the Artist as Spider-Woman"
Mon 4 Apr
- Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: "On the Tranquility of the Mind," "On Providence, and "Letter 70"
Lecture: "Public Philosophy"
Wed 6 Apr
- Epictetus, The Handbook; Seneca, "On Slavery"
Lecture: "Stoicism, Epictetan Style"
Fri 8 Apr
- Paul, Romans (in The New Oxford Annotated Bible)
- Freeman, pp. 564-581 (2nd edition) or 579-600 (3rd edition)
Lecture: "Messiah and Gentiles"
Mon 11 Apr
- Josephus, The Jewish War, pp. 27-31, 133-148, 307-354, 387-405
- Martin Jaffee, Early Judaism, Chapter 1, pp. 19-45 (on e-reserve)
Lecture: "Josephus: Historian, Traitor, Hero?"
Wed 13 Apr
- Gospel According to Matthew
Lecture: "Tradition and Innovation in the Gospel of Matthew"
Fri 15 Apr
- The Gospel of John
Sat 16 Apr
Third Paper Due
Saturday, April 16, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.
Mon 18 Apr
Lecture: "Christians, Pagans, and Jews at Dura Europos"
Wed 20 Apr
Fri 22 Apr
- Apuleius, The Golden Ass
Lecture: "Strange to Tell"
Mon 25 Apr
- Apuleius, The Golden Ass
- Freeman, pp. 541-563
Lecture: "Beyond Cupid and Psyche"
Wed 27 Apr
ReadingsApuleius, The Golden Ass
Lecture: "Place and Space in Apuleius"
Fri 29 Apr
Lecture: Final Panel: "What Was That?"
Jan Mieszkowski, Tamara Metz, Margot Minardi, Lucia Martinez
Mon 9 May
Monday, May 9, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM