Humanities 110

Introduction to the Humanities

Syllabus | Fall 2018

Coming Up

Module 1 - Exile and Return: The Ancient Mediterranean

Mon 27 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. xiii-lii, 1-100, 175-195;
Lecture: “Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death…”
Nathalia King

Wed 29 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: “Reading Between and Around the Lines”
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Fri 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: "Paper​ ​Writing​ ​in​ ​Hum​ ​110:​ ​How​ ​Close​ ​Reading​ ​Leads​ ​to​ ​Argument"​
Panel: Nathalia King and Elizabeth Drumm

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Course Logistics

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Aeschylus, and Robert Fagles. The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1977.
  • Anonymous, and Andrew R. George. The Epic of Gilgamesh the Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian. London: Penguin Classics, 2003.
  • Aristotle, and Terence Irwin. Nicomachean Ethics. 2nd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 2007.
  • Herodotus, Aubrey De Selincourt, and John Marincola. The Histories. London: Penguin Books, 2003.
  • Hesiod, and Stanley Lombardo. Works & Days & Theogony. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1993.
  • Homer, and Robert Fagles. The Odyssey. New York: Penguin Books, 1997.
  • Miller, Andrew M. Greek Lyric - an Anthology in Translation. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co, 1996.
  • Plato, and C. D. C. Reeve. Republic. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub., 2004.
  • Plato, G. M. A. Grube, and John M. Cooper. The Trial and Death of Socrates: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene from Phaedo. 3rd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Pub., 2000.
  • Berlin, Adele, and Mark Zvi Brettler. The Jewish Study Bible: Tanakh Translation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Parkinson, R. B. The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 BC. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Thucydides, and Rex Warner. History of the Peloponnesian War. New York, NY: Penguin, 1954.
  • Various readings 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. Please bring a copy of the day’s reading assignment to class.

ON RESERVE AT THE LIBRARY:

The library has on reserve a limited number of each required text and also a course packet of all texts that are listed as being on e-reserves.

CONFERENCE ASSIGNMENTS:

Humanities 110 is a yearlong course, and students are generally expected to remain in the same conference throughout the year. The Registrar assigns all students to conferences at the beginning of the year. Thereafter students may change conferences only due to academic schedule conflicts and only with the authorization of the course chair. Any student who wishes to initiate such a change should send an email detailing the reason for the request to Hum110@reed.edu. Students granted a schedule change will be assigned to new sections based on available slots; requests to move into a particular conference generally cannot be honored. No conference changes are permitted after the second week of the term.

PAPERS, WRITING ASSIGNMENTS, AND EXAMINATIONS:

Four course-wide papers will be assigned in the fall semester, due at the times designated on the schedule of readings and lectures. 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 Wednesday, December 12 from 8:00-12:00 p.m. 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 – Thursday7 p.m.-10 p.m.; additional hours will also be held in residence hall locations during weeks that a paper is due.

Schedule of Readings and Lectures

Week 1

Module 1 - Exile and Return: The Ancient Mediterranean

Mon 27 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. xiii-lii, 1-100, 175-195;
Lecture: “Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death…”
Nathalia King

Wed 29 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: “Reading Between and Around the Lines”
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Fri 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
Lecture: "Paper​ ​Writing​ ​in​ ​Hum​ ​110:​ ​How​ ​Close​ ​Reading​ ​Leads​ ​to​ ​Argument"​
Panel: Nathalia King and Elizabeth Drumm

Week 2

Mon 3 Sep

Labor Day Holiday. No Class

Wed 5 Sep

Readings
  • “The​ ​Tale​ ​of​ ​Sinuhe,” Tale​ of​ Sinuhe​ ​and​ ​Other​ ​Ancient​ Egyptian​ ​Poems​, pp.​ ​21-53.
Lecture: “Sinuhe’s​ ​Flight”
Elizabeth Drumm

Fri 7 Sep

Readings
  • "The​ ​Dialogue​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Man​ ​and​ ​His​ ​Soul,"​ ​and ​“The​ ​Teachings​ ​of​ ​Khety,” ​Tale​ of​  Sinuhe​ ​and​ ​Other​ ​Ancient​ Egyptian​ ​Poems​,​ ​​ pp.​ ​151-65, 273-83
Lecture: “Sirius​ ​Rising:​ ​Religion​ ​and​ ​Art​ ​in​ ​Ancient​ ​Egypt”
Pancho Savery

Sat 8 Sep

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

Week 3

Mon 10 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Odyssey (trans. Fagles), Books 1-6, pp. 77-167
Lecture: “Orality and the Oral Tradition in The Odyssey”
Nathalia King

Wed 12 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Odyssey (trans. Fagles), Books 7-12, pp. 179-285
Lecture: “Perfect Stranger”
Michael Faletra

Fri 14 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Odyssey (trans. Fagles), Books 13-18, pp. 286-389
Lecture: “Language, Gender, and Tricksters in The Odyssey”
Gail Sherman

Week 4

Mon 17 Sep

Readings
  • Homer, The Odyssey (trans. Fagles), Books 19-24, pp. 390-488
Lecture: No Lecture

Wed 19 Sep

Readings
  • Hesiod,​ ​​Theogony​,​ ​lines​ ​1-210,​ ​455-725,​ ​887-967​
Lecture: “Feeble, Ignorant, Ugly, and Smelly”
Sonia Sabnis

Fri 21 Sep

Readings
  • Genesis​,​​ chapters​ ​1-25 (focus on 1-11),​ ​plus​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​​Genesis​ ​​from​ ​The​ ​Jewish Study Bible
Lecture: “Babble”
Jan​ ​Mieszkowski

Week 5

Mon 24 Sep

Readings
  • Genesis​,​ ​chapters​ ​26-50 (focus on 22, 37-38)
Lecture: "Interpreting Indeterminacy: Literary Strategies in Reading the Hebrew Bible."
Marat Grinberg

Wed 26 Sep

Readings
  • Exodus​,​​ ​​chapters​ ​1-15,​ ​plus​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​​Exodus​ from​​ ​The​ ​Jewish Study Bible
Lecture: "A People in Between: Exodus and the Israelites at the Crossroads of Empire."
Margot Minardi

Fri 28 Sep

Readings
  • Exodus, chapters 15-35;​ ​40.16-34
Lecture: “Migration Legends and Why They Matter”
Laura Leibman

Week 6

Mon 1 Oct

Readings
  • Job (entire)
Lecture: “The Book of Job: Approaches, Contexts, Readings.”
Marat Grinberg

Wed 3 Oct

Readings
  • Image​ ​gallery
  • Introduction to Persian imperial inscriptions (​e-reserves​)
  • Persian​ ​imperial​ ​inscriptions,​ ​from​ ​​The​​ Persian​ ​Empire​,​ ​Kuhrt,​ ​ed.,​ ​70-74,​ ​141-158,​ ​492-495,​ ​503-505 (​e-reserves​)
Lecture: “Empire​ ​of​ ​All​ ​Kinds”​
​Margot​ ​Minardi

Fri 5 Oct

Readings
  • Visual Images: explore these images from the University of Chicago Oriental Institute before lecture and conference.
  • Margaret Cool Root. "Achaemenid Imperial Architecture: Performative Porticoes of Persepolis" (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "Making Empire at Persepolis"
David Garrett

Sat 6 Oct

Second Paper Due

Saturday, October 6, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 7

Mon 8 Oct

Readings
  • Esther​​​ (entire)
Lecture: “Esther​ ​Engendered”​
Kristin​ ​Scheible
Module 2 - Governing the Self and Polis: Athens

Wed 10 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus,​ ​​Histories​,​ ​1.1-91,​ ​1.107-140,​ ​1.201-216,​ ​2.113-120
Lecture: "Oracular​ ​History​ ​and​ ​Athenian​ ​Empire"​​
Margot​ ​Minardi

Fri 12 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus,​ ​​Histories​,​ ​2.1-64,​ ​3.38,​ ​3.61-89, 7.1-152
Lecture: “Myth and History”
Ariadna García-Bryce

Sat 13 Oct

Fall Break

October 13-October 21

Week 8

Mon 22 Oct

Readings
  • Herodotus,​ ​​Histories​,​ ​5.55-78,​ ​8.1-103,​ ​9.17-82,​ ​9.114-122
Lecture: No Lecture

Wed 24 Oct

Readings
  • Aeschylus,​ ​“Agamemnon,”​ ​​The Oresteia
Lecture: “Drama Queens”
Jan Mieszkowski

Fri 26 Oct

Readings
  • Aeschylus,​ ​“Libation​ ​Bearers”​ ​and​ ​“Eumenides,”​ ​​Oresteia
Lecture: “Language, Gender, and Justice in The Oresteia”
Gail Sherman

Week 9

Mon 29 Oct

Readings
  • Miller,​​ ​Greek​​ Lyric:​ ​An​ ​Anthology​​ in​ ​Translation​:​ ​Sappho​ ​(entire​ ​selection,​ ​pp.​ ​51-63),​ ​Archilochus (Fragments​ ​5,​ ​13,​ ​19,​ ​114,​ ​128,​ ​196a,​ ​191,​ ​193,​ ​201),​ ​Solon​ ​(Fragment​ ​4),​ ​Theognis​ ​(lines​ ​19-30)
Lecture: “Speaking​ ​Sappho:​ ​Lyric​ ​Form,​ ​Lyric​ ​Voice”​
​Lucía​ ​Martínez​ ​Valdivia

Wed 31 Oct

Readings
  • Parthenon​ ​Image​ ​gallery
  • Rachel​ ​Kousser,​ ​“Destruction​ ​and​ ​Memory​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Athenian​ ​Acropolis”,​ ​pp.​ ​263-282​ ​​ ​(​e-reserves​ )
  • Study​ ​Guide​ ​for​ ​Greek​ ​Temples:​ ​​http://cdm.reed.edu/cdm4/studyguides/temples/index.html
Lecture: ​​"Architecture,​ ​Memory​ ​and​ ​Meaning:​ ​The​ ​Parthenon​ ​and​ ​Beyond"
Christian​ ​Kroll

Fri 2 Nov

Readings
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference:
  • Hurwit, The Art and Culture of Early Greece, pp. 125-135 (introduction) and pp. 179-202 (on kouroi) (on e-reserves)
Lecture: “Defining Art”
Ann Delehanty

Sat 3 Nov

Third Paper Due

Saturday, November 3, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 10

Mon 5 Nov

Readings
  • Thucydides,​ ​​History of the​ ​Peloponnesian​ ​War,​ ​​ Book​ ​1:1-55,​ ​66-125,​ ​139-146,​ ​Book​ ​2:1-18,​ ​33-65
Lecture: "Words, Deeds, and Meaning"
David Garrett

Wed 7 Nov

Readings
  • Thucydides,​ ​​History of the​ ​Peloponnesian​ ​War,​ ​​Book​ ​3:1-50,​ ​69-85,​ ​Book​ ​4:57-63,​ ​Book​ ​5:83-116
Lecture: “Thucydidean Thought”
Peter Steinberger

Fri 9 Nov

Readings
  • Thucydides,​ ​​The​ ​ Peloponnesian​ ​ War,​ ​​ Book​ ​6:87-93,​ ​Book​ ​6.​ ​1-41,​ ​Book​ ​7.​ ​1-18,​ ​7.​ ​49.87
Lecture: No Lecture

Week 11

Mon 12 Nov

Readings
  • Euripides,​ ​​Medea (e-reserves)
Lecture: “The Problem with Being a Barbarian”
Ann Delehanty

Wed 14 Nov

Readings
  • Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates; Apology
Lecture: TBD
Pancho Savery

Fri 16 Nov

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

Week 12

Mon 19 Nov

Readings
  • Plato, Republic, Books  3-5
Lecture: TBD
Paul Hovda

Wed 21 Nov

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

Thu 22 Nov

Thanksgiving Break

November 22-November 25

Week 13

Mon 26 Nov

Readings
  • Plato, Republic, Books 8-10
Lecture: “Words That Are”
Lucía​ ​Martínez​ ​Valdivia

Wed 28 Nov

Readings
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 1-2
Lecture: TBD
Paul Hovda

Fri 30 Nov

Readings
  • Nicomachean Ethics, Book 3, Sections 1-5 and Book 6
Lecture: "Defining Virtue"
Ann Delehanty

Sat 1 Dec

Fourth Paper Due

Saturday, December 1, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 14

Mon 3 Dec

Readings
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 8-9
Lecture: "Egoism, Altruism, and Friendship in Aristotle's Ethics"
Steven Arkonovich

Wed 5 Dec

Readings
  • Politics, Book 1 (e-reserves)
Lecture: "Politics I and Its Legacies"
David Garrett

Wed 12 Dec

Final Exam

Wednesday, December 12, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM