Humanities 110

Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean

Syllabus | Spring 2017 (First 2 Weeks)

Coming Up

Mon 23 Jan

Readings
  • Euripides, Medea
Lecture: Panel: "Medea"
Nathalia King, Tamara Metz, Pancho Savery

Wed 25 Jan

Readings
  • Aristophanes, The Clouds
Lecture: "The Comic City"
Nigel Nicholson

Fri 27 Jan

Readings
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates
Lecture: "A Kind of Gadfly"
Pancho Savery

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Course Logistics

Required Texts

  • Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. Ruden (Yale University Press)
  • Aristophanes, Three Comedies: The Birds, The Clouds, The Wasps, trans. Arrowsmith (University of Michigan Press)
  • Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Irwin (Hackett)
  • 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, 3rd ed. (Oxford)
  • 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)
  • Theocritus, Idylls, trans. Verity (Oxford)
  • Virgil, The Aeneid,trans. Mandelbaum (Bantam Doubleday Dell)
  • Various readings on the Roman World available on e-reserves

Recommended Texts

  • Harvey, The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (Hackett)
  • Williams, The Craft of Argument (Univ. of Chicago Press)

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 Jolie Griffin, Vollum 320). Turn in completed forms to David Garrett, Hum 110 Chair. 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, Date TBA. 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 23 Jan

Readings
  • Euripides, Medea
Lecture: Panel: "Medea"
Nathalia King, Tamara Metz, Pancho Savery

Wed 25 Jan

Readings
  • Aristophanes, The Clouds
Lecture: "The Comic City"
Nigel Nicholson

Fri 27 Jan

Readings
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates
Lecture: "A Kind of Gadfly"
Pancho Savery

Week 2

Mon 30 Jan

Readings
  • Plato, Republic, Books 1 - 2
Lecture: "Who is Cephalus?"
Peter Steinberger

Wed 7 Sep

Readings
  • Plato, Republic, Books  3-5
Lecture: "Sex, Gender and the Power(s) of Philosophy"
Tamara Metz

Fri 3 Feb

Readings
  • Plato, Republic, Books 6-7
Lecture: "Plato’s Metaphysics: A Solution to the Thucydidean Crisis of Logos"
Meg Scharle