Humanities 110

Introduction to Humanities: Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean

Syllabus | Fall 2015

Coming Up

Mon 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. xiii-lii, 1-100, 175-195
  • Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome, pp. 1-18
Lecture: Panel Discussion
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Wed 2 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Freeman, pp. 19-39
Lecture: "Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death..."
Nathalia King
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Fri 4 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Code of Hammurabi (online)
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference
Lecture: "Of Gods, Kings, and Law"
David Garrett
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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)
  • Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome (Oxford)
  • 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.

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 Kathy Kennedy, Chem 303). Return completed forms to Tamara Metz, chair of Hum 110. 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; 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 Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:00 – 10:00 pm 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 31 Aug

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. xiii-lii, 1-100, 175-195
  • Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome, pp. 1-18
Lecture: Panel Discussion
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Wed 2 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Freeman, pp. 19-39
Lecture: "Gilgamesh: When Terrified by Death..."
Nathalia King
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Fri 4 Sep

Readings
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The Code of Hammurabi (online)
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference
Lecture: "Of Gods, Kings, and Law"
David Garrett
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Week 2

Mon 7 Sep

Labor Day Holiday. No class.

Wed 9 Sep

Readings
  • "The Great Hymn to Osiris" (Lichtheim II: 81-86) (on e-reserves)
  • "Coffin Text 148" (Simpson 263-65) (on e-reserves)
  • "Horus and Seth" (Lichtheim II: 214-23) (on e-reserves)
  • Freeman, pp. 40-62
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference.
Lecture: "Sirius Rising: Religion and Art in Ancient Egypt"
Pancho Savery

Fri 11 Sep

Readings
  • "Pyramid Texts" (Lichtheim I: 29-50) and "Coffin Texts" (Lichtheim I: 131-133) (on e-reserves)
  • "The Book of the Dead" (Lichtheim II: 119-132) (on e-reserves)
  • "The Dialogue of a Man and His Soul", Tale of Sinuhe and Other Egyptian Poems, pp. 151-65
  • Freeman, pp. 63-79
Lecture: "Tomorrow is the Question: The Literature of Death"
Pancho Savery

Sat 12 Sep

First Paper Due

Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 3

Mon 14 Sep

Readings
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference
  • "The Tale of Sinuhe" and "The Teachings of Khety," Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems, pp. 21-53, 273-83
  • Freeman, pp. 80-93
Lecture: "'The Barbarian Born in the Homeland': Literature and the Symbolic Order of the Middle Kingdom"
Nigel Nicholson

Wed 16 Sep

Readings
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference
  • Tom Buckley, "The Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb" (on e-reserves)
  • I. E. S. Edwards, "Treasures of Tutankhamun: Catalogue" (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "Democratizing Culture: King Tut and the Canon Wars"
Sarah Wagner-McCoy

Fri 18 Sep

Readings
  • Fowler, Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt (selections) (on e-reserves)
  • Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature (selections) (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "Familiar Yet Strange: Love Lyrics of New Kingdom Egypt"
Dustin Simpson

Week 4

Mon 21 Sep

Readings
  • Genesis (including the Introduction from the Oxford Study Bible)
  • Freeman, pp. 94-109
Lecture: "The Geneses of Genesis"
Michael Faletra

Wed 23 Sep

Readings
  • Genesis
Lecture: "Babble"
Jan Mieszkowski
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Fri 25 Sep

Readings
  • Introduction to, and Selections from Exodus (1-35 and 40.16-34)
Lecture: "People in Between: The Israelites, the Exodus, and the Book of Exodus"
Margot Minardi
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Week 5

Mon 28 Sep

Readings
  • Selections from Exodus (25-29; 31)
  • Jaffee, Early Judaism, pp. 19-28; 172-188 (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "Moses as a Nation Builder"
Tamara Metz
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Wed 30 Sep

Readings
  • The Book of Job
Lecture: "Text and Context in the Book of Job"
Kristin Scheible
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Fri 2 Oct

Readings
  • The Book of Esther
Lecture: "Narratives and Identities: Jews in the Persian Empire"
Gail Sherman
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Week 6

Mon 5 Oct

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Bks 1-5
Lecture: "Fighting Words"
Jan Mieszkowski

Wed 7 Oct

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Bks 6-10
  • Freeman, pp. 121-38
Lecture: "Divine and Human Values in The Iliad"
Ann Delehanty
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Fri 9 Oct

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Bks 11-15
Lecture: "Oral Tradition in Homer: Giving Form to Action"
Nathalia King
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Sat 10 Oct

Second Paper Due

Saturday, October 10, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 7

Mon 12 Oct

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Bks 16-20
Lecture: "Leaves, Fire, War: Homeric Similes"
Gail Sherman
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Wed 14 Oct

Readings
  • Homer, The Iliad, Bks 21-24
Lecture: "Love Is a Battlefield"
Jay Dickson
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Fri 16 Oct

Readings
  • Hesiod , Theogony
  • Freeman, pp. 139-44
Lecture: "Feeble, Ignorant, Ugly, and Smelly: Gods and Humans in Hesiod's Theogony"
Sonia Sabnis

Sat 17 Oct

Fall Break

October 17-October 25

Week 8

Mon 26 Oct

Readings
  • Hesiod, Works and Days
Lecture: "'When the Artichoke Flowers': The Works and Days of Hesiod"
Lena Lencek
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Wed 28 Oct

Readings
Lecture: "Life Forms"
Kris Cohen
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Fri 30 Oct

Readings
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference:
      Kouroi
      Egyptian Sculpture
  • Hurwit, The Art and Culture of Early Greece, pp. 125-202 (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "Defining Art"
Ann Delehanty
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Week 9

Mon 2 Nov

Readings
  • Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation: Archilochus, pp. 1-19; Alcman, pp. 31-37
  • Solon, pp. 77-81
  • Freeman, pp. 144-82
Lecture: "How to Read Poetry and Why"
Marat Grinberg
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Wed 4 Nov

Readings
  • Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation: Sappho, pp. 51-63; Theognis, pp. 82-94
  • Ibycus, pp. 95-98; Anacreon, pp. 99-103
Lecture: "Speaking Sappho: Lyric Form, Lyric Voice"
Lucía Martínez
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Fri 6 Nov

Readings
  • Presocratics Reader, pp. 13-65
  • Freeman, pp. 183-97
Lecture: "The Myth of the Birth of Science"
Troy Cross
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Week 10

Mon 9 Nov

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 1.1-1.170; 1.201-1.216
  • Freeman, pp. 198-214
Lecture: "Oracular History and Athenian Empire"
Margot Minardi

Wed 11 Nov

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 2.1-2.64, 2.113-2.120, 2.142-2.151, 2.164-2.182; 3.1-3.38, 3.66-3.89; 5.39-5.78
Lecture: No lecture
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Fri 13 Nov

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 6.48-6.84, 6.103-6.131; 7.1-7.152, 7.172-7.239
Lecture: "Herodotus and/or the Rest of Us"
Robert Knapp
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Sat 14 Nov

Third Paper Due

Saturday, November 14, at 5:00 PM in your conference leader's Eliot Hall mailbox.

Week 11

Mon 16 Nov

Readings
  • Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 8.1-8.103, 9.17-9.82, 9.108-9.122
Lecture: "Interpreting the Persian Wars"
Radhika Natarajan
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Wed 18 Nov

Readings
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference
  • Axworthy, "Origins: Zoroaster, the Achaemenids, and the Greeks," A History of Iran, pp. 1-30
  • Royal inscriptions (selections), The Persian Empire, Kuhrt, ed., 70-74, 141-158, 492-495, 503-505 (on e-reserves)
Lecture: "Empire of All Kinds"
Margot Minardi
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Fri 20 Nov

Readings
  • Aeschylus, "Agamemnon," Oresteia
  • Freeman, pp. 247-69
Lecture: "Feminine Speech in The Oresteia"
Michael Faletra
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Week 12

Mon 23 Nov

Readings
  • Aeschylus, "The Libation Bearers" and "Eumenides," Oresteia
Lecture: "Justice in The Oresteia"
Peter Steinberger
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Wed 25 Nov

Readings
  • Sophocles, Antigone
Lecture: "Antigone and Athen’s Democratic Anxieties"
Tamara Metz

Thu 26 Nov

Thanksgiving Vacation

November 26-November 29

Week 13

Mon 30 Nov

Readings
  • Parthenon
  • Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference
  • Rachel Kousser: "Destruction and Memory on the Athenian Acropolis." Art Bulletin 91 (2009), 263-282 (on e-reserves)
  • Study Guide for Greek Temples: http://cdm.reed.edu/cdm4/studyguides/temples/
Lecture: "Iconoclasm, Image Excess, and Power: An Attempt at an Anthropology of the Visual in Ancient Athens"
William Diebold
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Wed 2 Dec

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Introduction, Bk/Ch. 1.1-1.146
  • Freeman, pp. 294-313
  • Presocratics Reader, pp. 144-161
Lecture: "Thucydides, the Sophists, and the Nature of Justice"
Walter Englert
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Fri 4 Dec

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Bk/Ch. 2.1-2.65
Lecture: No lecture
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Sat 5 Dec

Fourth Paper Due

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

Week 14

Mon 7 Dec

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Bk/Ch. 3.1-3.85, 5.13-5.24, 5.83-5.116
Lecture: "Thucydidean Thought"
Peter Steinberger
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Wed 9 Dec

Readings
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Bk/Ch. 6.1-6.41, 6.88-6.93, 6.105-7.18, 7.49-7.87, 8.65-8.71, 8.96-8.98
Lecture: "The Limits of Democracy"
Robert Knapp
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Tue 15 Dec

Final Exam

Tuesday, December 15, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM