Humanities 110

Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean

Syllabus | Fall 2017

Coming Up

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, Lucia Martinez Valdivia, and Jay Dickson
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

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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

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, Lucia Martinez Valdivia, and Jay Dickson
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

Mon 4 Sep

Labor Day Holiday. No class.

Wed 6 Sep

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

Fri 8 Sep

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

Sat 9 Sep

First Paper Due

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