Syllabus | Spring 2018
- 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)
- 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
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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 Monday, May 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in 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, 7 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
Week 1 - Back to Athens: outsiders and insiders
Mon 22 Jan
- Aristophanes, The Clouds
Lecture: “The Comic City”
Wed 24 Jan
- The Trial and Death of Socrates; Euthyphro and Apology
Lecture: "Socratic Thought"
Fri 26 Jan
- The Trial and Death of Socrates
Lecture: “A Kind of Gadfly”
Week 2 – Imagining a better city
Mon 29 Jan
- Plato, Republic, Books 1 - 2
Lecture: First Problems: The Beginning of the Republic and the End of the Gods
Wed 31 Jan
- Plato, Republic, Books 3-5
Lecture: “Sex, Gender and the Power(s) of Philosophy”
Fri 2 Feb
- Plato, Republic, Books 6-7
Lecture: “Plato’s Metaphysics: A Solution to the Thucydidean Crisis of Logos”
Week 3 – Doing philosophy
Mon 5 Feb
- Plato, Republic, Books 8 - 10
Lecture: “Image Worlds”
Wed 7 Feb
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 1 - 2
Lecture: “The Function Argument”
Fri 9 Feb
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 3, Sections 1-5 and Book 6
Lecture: "Defining Virtue"
Week 4 – Philosophy
Mon 12 Feb
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 8-9
Wed 14 Feb
Fri 16 Feb
Sat 17 Feb
Due Saturday, February 17, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.
Week 5 – Hellenism
Mon 19 Feb
Wed 21 Feb
Lecture: “Ancient Aliens: Material Culture and Identity in Hellenistic Alexandria”
Fri 23 Feb
- Theocritus, Idylls 1-7, 11, 13, 15, 17
Lecture: "Pastoral Diaspora"
Week 6 – Hellenistic Rome
Mon 26 Feb
Wed 28 Feb
Fri 2 Mar
- 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)
Lecture: “Lucretius, Rome, and the Nature of the Universe"
Week 7 – Roman foundations
Mon 5 Mar
- Lucretius, On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura), Books 5 - 6
Lecture: "Time and Human History in On The Nature of Things"
Wed 7 Mar
Fri 9 Mar
- Livy, The Rise of Rome; Ab Urbe Condita, Preface, 1.1-26, 1.46-60, 2.1-8, 5.34-55.
Lecture: “How to Found a Republic: The Roman Example”
Sat 10 Mar
March 10 – March 18
Week 8 – Epic and empire I
Mon 19 Mar
Wed 21 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1 – 4
Lecture: “Epic and Allusion in Virgil's Aeneid”
Fri 23 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 5 – 8
Lecture: “Virgil and Ekphrasis”
- 9:00-9:05am -Dulces exuviae, a musical rendition of the first four lines of Dido's final speech (Book IV, 653-54) by Jean Mouton (1459-1522) will be performed by Reed's Collegium Musicum with Mark Burford as guest conductor.
- Lecture Handout
Sat 24 Mar
SECOND PAPER DUE
Due Saturday, March 24, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.
Week 9 – Epic and empire II
Mon 26 Mar
- Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, “Imperial Trajectories,” in Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference 1-22. (e-reserves)
Lecture: "Theorizing empire"
Tamara Metz, Paddy Riley, Will Smiley
Wed 28 Mar
- Virgil, Aeneid, Books 9 – 12; Homer, The Iliad, Book 24
Lecture: “This is the End”
Week 10 – How to survive imperial Rome
Mon 2 Apr
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 1 – 3
- Amy Sillman, After Metamorphoses, 2015-6. Video animation with iPad drawings, 5 minutes, looped. Music by Wibke Tiarks. Courtesy of the artist.
Lecture: “Media Theory (1BCE - 2018 CE)”
Wed 4 Apr
Week 11 – Messiahs, messengers, martyrs
Mon 9 Apr
- Gospel According to Matthew
Lecture: "But Who Do You Say That I Am?"
Wed 11 Apr
- Paul, Epistle to the Romans and Letter to Philemon, Romans (in The New Oxford Annotated Bible)
Lecture: Paul's Epistle to the Romans and the Crisis of Revelation
Fri 13 Apr
- The Gospel According to John
Sat 14 Apr
THIRD PAPER DUE
Due Saturday, April 14, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.
Week 12 – Crossing boundaries
Mon 16 Apr
Wed 18 Apr
Fri 20 Apr
- Apuleius, The Golden Ass, pp. 1-91
Lecture: “Strange to Tell”
Week 13 – What changes and what stays the same
Mon 23 Apr
- Apuleius, The Golden Ass, pp. 92-184
Lecture: "Beyond Cupid and Psyche"
Wed 25 Apr
- Apuleius, The Golden Ass, pp. 185-272