Humanities 110

Syllabus | Spring 2014

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Required Texts

  • Apuleius, The Golden Ass, trans. Lindsay (Indiana University Press)
  • Aristophanes, The Clouds, trans. Arrowsmith (University of Michigan Press)
  • Aristotle, Politics, trans. Reeve (Hackett)
  • Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Irwin (Hackett)
  • Cicero, Selected Works, trans. M. Grant (Penguin)
  • Euripides, Alcestis, Medea, The Heracleidae, Hippolytus, trans. Grene and Lattimore (Chicago)
  • Freeman, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, 2nd ed. (Oxford)
  • Josephus, The Jewish War (Penguin)
  • Livy, The Rise of Rome, 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.

Texts may be purchased at the Reed College Bookstore; a limited number of each is on reserve in the Library. Also on reserve: 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). Turn in completed forms to Michael Faletra, 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, May 12, 2014, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, in Vollum Lecture Hall. Rescheduling of the final exam will be allowed only for medical reasons.

 

Schedule of Readings and Lectures

Week 1

Mon. Jan 27

Euripides, Medea

Lecture: "The Problem with Being a Barbarian" / Ann Delehanty

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Wed. Jan 29

Aristophanes, The Clouds

Lecture: "The Clouds: The Cultural Work of Comedy" / Laura Leibman

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Fri. Jan 31

The Trial and Death of Socrates

Lecture: "A Kind of Gadfly" / Pancho Savery

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Week 2

Mon. Feb 3

Plato, Republic, Books 1 - 2

Lecture: "Who is Cephalus?" / Peter Steinberger

Wed. Feb 5

Plato, Republic, Books 3 - 5

Lecture: "Sex, Gender and the Power of Philosophy" / Tamara Metz

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Fri. Feb 7

Plato, Republic, Books 6 - 7

Lecture: "Image Worlds" / Kris Cohen

Additional resource: Slideshow and videos

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Week 3

Mon. Feb 10

Plato, Republic, Books 8 - 10

Lecture: "The Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry" / Hugo Moreno

Wed. Feb 12

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 1 - 2

Lecture: "Aristotle, Happiness, and the Human Good" / Steve Arkonovich

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Fri. Feb 14

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 3 and 6

Lecture: "Acting Justly or Just Acting? Virtue in Aristotle" / Ann Delehanty

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

FIRST PAPER DUE: Saturday, Feb 15, 5:00 PM See Paper Topics

Week 4

Mon. Feb 17

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 3, 6, and 10.6-9

Lecture: "Contemplation and Reed's Honor Principle" / Margaret Scharle

Wed. Feb 19

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 8:9, 9:9-12 and 10:6-9; Politics, Book 1

Lecture: "The Virtue of Political Science" / Tamara Metz

Fri. Feb. 21

Aristotle, Politics, Books 1, 2:1-5, 3, 4:1-3 and 5:1-4

Lecture: "Method and Content in Aristotle's Politics" / David Garrett

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Week 5

Mon. Feb. 24

Art and the Hellenistic City
Study this Image Gallery before lecture and conference (proxy required off-campus);
J.J. Pollitt, "Introduction" from Art in the Hellenistic Age (on e-reserve);
Freeman, pp. 314-332

Lecture: "Multiculturalism, Hellenism, and the Pergamon Altar" / Nathalia King

Wed. Feb 26

Theocritus, 1-7, 11, 13, 15, 17;
Freeman, pp. 333-354

Lecture: "Country Matters" / Robert Knapp

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Fri. Feb 28

Polybius, Histories, Book 6, sections 1-39, 47, 50-58 (on e-reserve);
Freeman, pp. 369-401

Lecture: "Greece Meets Rome: Polybius and the Phenomenon of Rome's Rise to Power" / Ellen Millender

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Week 6

Mon. Mar 3

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);
Garnsey & Saller, The Roman Empire, chapter 9 (on e-reserve)

Lecture: "Lucretius, Rome, and the Nature of the Universe" / Walter Englert 

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Wed. Mar 5

Lucretius, On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura). Books 3 – 4

Lecture: "Epicurean Naturalism" Paul Hovda 

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Fri. Mar 7

Lucretius, On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura). Books 5 - 6

Lecture: "Species and History in On the Nature of Things" / David Garrett

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

SECOND PAPER DUE: Saturday, Mar 8, 5:00 PM See Paper Topics

Week 7

Mon. Mar 10

Cicero, On Duties III;
Freeman, pp. 402-428

Lecture: "Cicero and Roman Philosophy" / Walter Englert

Wed. Mar 12

Livy, Ab UrbeCondita, Preface and Book 1

Lecture: "How to Found a Republic: The Roman Example" / Tamara Metz

Fri. Mar 14

Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Book 2.1-25 and Book 5.19 - end

Lecture: "The Body Politic" / Nathalia King

15-23 MARCH: SPRING BREAK

Week 8

Mon. Mar 24

Augustus, Res Gestae (on e-reserve);
Suetonius, Life of Augustus (on e-reserve);
Freeman, pp. 429-444, pp. 450-464

Lecture: "From Octavian to Augustus" / Ellen Millender

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Wed. Mar 26

Peter J. Holliday, "Time, History, and Ritual on the Ara Pacis Augustae" (on JSTOR);
Study this Image Gallery before lecture and conference (proxy required off-campus);
Browse the Ara Pacis Augustae In-depth Visual Documentation website

Lecture: "Picturing Peace" / Margot Minardi

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Fri. Mar 28

Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1 – 4

Lecture: "Allusion and Epic in Virgil's Aeneid" / Sarah Wagner-McCoy

Week 9

Mon. Mar 31

Virgil, Aeneid, Books 5 – 8

Lecture: "Shaping the Past, Remembering the Future: The Uses of Allusion in the Vergilian Underworld" / Ginna Closs

Wed. Apr 2

Virgil, Aeneid

Lecture: "Homer Through Roman Eyes" / Laura Leibman

Additional resource: Lecture Images

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Additional resource: More Graffiti

Fri. Apr 4

Virgil, Aeneid, Books 9 – 12; Homer, The Iliad, Book 24

Lecture: "This is the End" / Pancho Savery

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Week 10

Mon. Apr 7

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 1 – 3

Lecture: "Ovid's Metamorphoses" / Maureen Harkin

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Wed. Apr 9

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 4 – 6, 15

Lecture: "Portrait of the Artist as Spider-Woman" / Jessica Seidman

Fri. Apr 11

Philo of Alexandria, The Embassy to Gaius (on e-reserve)

Lecture: "Imperial Spectacle and the Invisible God" / Michael Faletra

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Week 11

Mon. Apr 14

Josephus, The Jewish War, pp. 27-31, 133-148, 307-354, 387-405;
Martin Jaffee, Early Judaism, Chapter 1, pp. 19-45 (on e-reserve)

Lecture: "Religion and Politics in Roman Judea" / David Garrett

Wed. Apr 16

Paul, Romans (in The New Oxford Annotated Bible);
Freeman, pp. 564-581

Lecture: "Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles" / Robert Knapp

Thursday April 17th – "From Jesus to Christ," Part I, video presentation, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Psych 105

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Additional resource: Lecture Slides

Fri. Apr 18

Gospel According to Mark

Lecture: "Amazing and Astonishing" / Margot Minardi

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Additional resource: Bibliography

Week 12

Mon. Apr 21

Gospel According to Matthew

Lecture: "Tradition and Innovation in the Gospel of Matthew" / Michael Faletra

Additional resource: Lecture Handout

Tuesday, April 22rd – "From Jesus to Christ," Part II, video presentation, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Vollum Lounge

Wed. Apr 23

The Gospel of John;
"Jesus Divided: Polemical Wars in the Gospel of John and the Talmud" / Marat Grinberg

Fri. Apr 25

Apuleius, The Golden Ass

Lecture: "Storytelling and the Novel" / Maureen Harkin

THIRD PAPER DUE: Saturday, April 26, 5:00 PM See Paper Topics

Week 13

Mon. Apr 28

Apuleius, The Golden Ass;
Freeman, pp. 541-563

Lecture: "Apuleius and Resistance to Empire" / Sonia Sabnis

Wed. Apr 30

Apuleius, The Golden Ass

Lecture: "A Serious Joke: Apuleius Between Religion and Philosophy" / Steve Wasserstrom

Fri. May 2

Final Synthetic Panel: Margot Minardi, Michael Faletra, Meg Scharle

FINAL EXAM: Monday, May 12, 2014, 6:00 – 10:00 pm