Humanities 110

Introduction to the Humanities

Syllabus | Fall 2022

Coming Up

Mon 29 Aug

Assignment
  • Note: Students should read the whole of Gilgamesh prior to the first day of class.
  • Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-11, pp. 1-100
Lecture: TBA
Christian Kroll

Wed 31 Aug

Assignment
  • Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-11, pp. 1-100
Lecture: “Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death…”
Nathalia King

Fri 2 Sep

Assignment
  • Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-11, pp. 1-100
Lecture: TBA
Sonia Sabnis

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Course Logistics

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin, 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.
  • Aristophanes. Lysistrata. Trans. Sarah Ruden. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2003.
  • Berlin, Adele, and Mark Zvi Brettler, eds. The Jewish Study Bible: Tanakh Translation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 
  • Curd, Patricia, ed. A Presocratics Reader: Selected Fragments and Testimonia. Trans. Richard D. McKirahan. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2011.
  • Herodotus. The Histories. Trans. Aubrey de Selincourt. London: Penguin, 2003. 
  • Hesiod. Works and Days and Theogony. Trans. Stanley Lombardo Indianapolis: Hackett, 1993.
  • Homer. The Iliad. Trans. Richmond Lattimore. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • Parkinson, R. B., ed. and trans. The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, 1940-1640 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Plato. Protagoras. Trans. Stanley Lombardo and Karen Bell. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1992.
  • Plato. The Trial and Death of Socrates. Trans. G. M. A. Grube, rev. John M. Cooper. 3rd ed. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000.
  • Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Rex Warner. New York: Penguin, 1954.

Additional assigned texts are available on e-reserves accessible via links embedded in the syllabus below. You will need your Reed username and password to access these texts. Please bring a copy of the day’s reading assignment to class each day. The library has on reserve a limited number of the required books, as well as multiple copies of a course packet containing the electronic readings.

CONFERENCE ASSIGNMENTS
Humanities 110 is a yearlong course, and students are expected to remain in the same conference throughout the year. In cases of absolutely unresolvable schedule conflicts, students may petition for a change of conference time. Petitions (in the form of an email) should be addressed to the course Chair, Paul Hovda, including an explanation of the conflict and why it cannot be resolved. Students granted a change of conference time will be assigned to new sections based on available slots and the student’s schedule; requests to move into a particular conference generally cannot be honored. 

PAPERS AND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

Four course-wide papers will be assigned in the fall semester, due at the times designated on the syllabus. 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. 

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
If you have a documented disability requiring accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services. Notifications of accommodations on exams, papers, other writing assignments, or conferences should be directed to your conference leader. Notifications of accommodations regarding lectures can be directed to the chair of the course, Paul Hovda. You are advised to consult with your conference leader about how your accommodations might apply to specific assignments or circumstances in this course. 

RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT
Your conference leader is your first line of support for any questions you have about the course. Please also be sure to explore the Hum 110 website for additional information. The Course Resources entries provide brief introductions to upcoming readings and suggestions for how to approach them. The Writing in Hum 110 page provides tips on the writing process. 

The Writing Center is a particularly valuable resource for Hum 110 students working on papers. You can get help with all stages of the writing process from peer tutors at the Writing Center. In Fall 2020, the Writing Center will be virtual, and offer drop-in help online from 7:00-10:00p.m. Pacific time; you can find links to the Writing Center session posted on the Drop-in Tutoring Schedule website. Extra tutoring help will be available in the weeks leading up to paper due dates.

For additional information about support resources available to you on the Reed campus, please see Student Life’s Key Support Resources for Students.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please consult your conference leader or email Hum110@reed.edu.

Schedule

Week 1 - Gilgamesh: The Limits of Civilization: Walls and Other Boundaries

Mon 29 Aug

Assignment
  • Note: Students should read the whole of Gilgamesh prior to the first day of class.
  • Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-11, pp. 1-100
Lecture: TBA
Christian Kroll

Wed 31 Aug

Assignment
  • Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-11, pp. 1-100
Lecture: “Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death…”
Nathalia King

Fri 2 Sep

Assignment
  • Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-11, pp. 1-100
Lecture: TBA
Sonia Sabnis

Week 2 - Sinuhe: Hierarchies and Boundary-Crossing

Mon 5 Sep

Campus closed

Labor Day

Wed 7 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: THE GREAT PYRAMID IN AND OUT OF CONTEXT”
Tom Landvatter

Fri 9 Sep

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • “The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant,” in The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, ed. Parkinson, pp. 54-88
  • Charles Freeman, “Egypt, the Gift of the Nile, 3200-1500 BC,” in Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean, second ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 40-62
Lecture: "Speaking Ma’at, Doing Ma’at, Making Ma’at"
Nathalia King

Week 3

Mon 12 Sep

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • “The Tale of Sinuhe,” in The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, ed. Parkinson, pp. 21-53
Lecture: TBA
Kritish Rajbhandari

Wed 14 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "I’M WITH HER: GENDER, POWER, AND KINGSHIP IN THE MONUMENTS OF HATSHEPSUT"
Tom Landvatter

Fri 16 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Dustin Simpson

Sat 17 Sep

First paper due

Due Saturday, September 17, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

Week 4 - Torah / Genesis-Exodus: Constituting the World, Constituting the Community

Mon 19 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "THE GENESES OF GENESIS"
Michael Faletra

Wed 21 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "Sacrifice"
Laura Leibman

Fri 23 Sep

Assignment
Note: Open the handout before you start listening to the podcast. It include maps and quotes that will help you follow along.
  • Hesiod, Theogony
Lecture: "Making Gender in Hesiod’s Theogony: Cosmic Parents, Monstrous Children, and Cannibal Consorts"
Nathalia King

Week 5

Mon 26 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Paul Hovda

Wed 28 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: “A PEOPLE IN BETWEEN: EXODUS AND THE ISRAELITES AT THE CROSSROADS OF EMPIRE”
Margot Minardi

Fri 30 Sep

Assignment
Lecture: "Migration Legends"
Laura Leibman

Week 6 - Iliad: Heroic Values

Mon 3 Oct

Assignment
  • Iliad : books 1-7  (pp. 77-199)
Lecture: “Great Books”
Nigel Nicholson

Wed 5 Oct

Assignment
  • Iliad: books 8-9 and 15-17 (pp. 200-35, 330-95)
Lecture: "Achilleus: Brooding Whiner or Skeptical Sage?"
Ann Delehanty

Fri 7 Oct

Assignment
  • Iliad: books 18-24  (pp. 396-518)
Lecture: TBA
Jay Dickson

Sat 8 Oct

Second Paper Due

Due Saturday, October 8, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

Week 7

Mon 10 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: “Putting the I in Ideology”
Nigel Nicholson

Wed 12 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Meg Scharle

Fri 14 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Jenny Sakai

Sat 15 Oct

Fall Break

October 15 – October 23

Week 8 - Herodotus: Narrating Difference

Mon 24 Oct

Assignment
  • Introduction and resources
  • Herodotus, Histories, Structural outline, pp. 607-14, I:1-6; 25-58; 84-91; 201-16, II: 1-64; 113-20; 142-51; 162-182, III: 1-4
Lecture: TBA
David Garrett

Wed 26 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: “Empire of All Kinds: Achaemenid Persia from Cyrus to Herodotus”
Margot Minardi

Fri 28 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Tom Landvatter

Week 9

Mon 31 Oct

Assignment
Lecture: "Goddess and Polis"
Laura Leibman

Wed 2 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Meg Scharle

Fri 4 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Jin Chang

Week 10 Oresteia: Democracy, Citizenship and Exclusion

Mon 7 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Jay Dickson

Wed 9 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Simone Waller

Fri 11 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Peter Steinberger

Sat 12 Nov

Third Paper Due

Due Saturday, November 12, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

Week 11

Mon 14 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Alice Hu and Margot Minardi

Wed 16 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Alice Hu

Fri 18 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Simone Waller

Week 12 - Thucydides: Speech in Crisis

Mon 21 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
David Garrett

Wed 23 Nov

Assignment
Lecture: TBA

Thu 24 Nov

Thanksgiving Break

November 24 – November 27

Week 13

Mon 28 Nov

Assignment
  • Plato, “Apology” in Trial and Death of Socrates, pp. 20-42
Lecture: TBA
Pancho Savery

Wed 30 Nov

Assignment
  • Protagoras, 309a to 334a
Lecture: TBA
Meg Scharle

Fri 2 Dec

Assignment
  • Protagoras, 334a-362c
Lecture: TBA
Troy Cross

Sat 3 Dec

Fourth Paper Due

Due Saturday, December 3, at 5:00 PM to your conference leader.

Week 14

Mon 5 Dec

Assignment
Lecture: TBA
Alice Hu

Wed 7 Dec

Lecture: No lecture

Week 15

Wed 14 Dec

Final Exam

Wednesday, December 14, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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