Humanities 110

Syllabus | Fall 2014

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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, Second Edition, trans. McKirahan (Hackett)
  • Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome (Oxford)
  • Herodotus, The Histories, trans. Selincourt (Penguin)
  • Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days, and Shield, 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 Michael Faletra, 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. 18, 1:00 – 5:00 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

The Ancient Mediterranean and Western Asia

Timeline for the texts covered this semester

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Week 1

Wed 3 Sept

Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, pp. xiii-lii, 1-100, 175-195;
Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome, pp. 1-18.

Lecture: "When Terrified by Death" / Nathalia King

Additional Resource: Lecture Slides

Fri 5 Sept

Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh;
Freeman, pp. 19-39.

Lecture: "Gilgamesh and the Humanities" / Sonia Sabnis

Additional Resource: Lecture Slides

Additional Resource: Lecture Bibliography

Week 2

Mon 8 Sept

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

Wed 10 Sept

"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

Additional Resource: Ancient Egypt at a Glance

Additional Resource: Quotes

Additional Resource: Terms

Fri 12 Sept

"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;
Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference.

Lecture: "Tomorrow is the Question: The Literature of Death" / Pancho Savery

Additional Resource: Bibliography

Additional Resource: Quotes

Additional Resource: Terms

FIRST PAPER DUE: Saturday, Sept 13, 5:00 PM See Paper Topics

Week 3

Mon 15 Sept

"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: "'True' Identity in The Tale of Sinuhe" / Elizabeth Drumm

Additional Resource: Lecture Slides

Additional Resource: Lecture Bibliography

Wed 17 Sept

"The Book of the Dead" (Lichtheim II: 119-132) (on e-reserves)
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 19 Sept

Fowler, Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt (selections) (on e-reserves)
Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature (selections) (on e-reserves)
Foster, Love Songs of the New Kingdom (selections) (on e-reserves)
Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference.

Lecture: "Familiar Yet Strange: Love Lyrics of New Kingdom Egypt" / Dustin Simpson

Week 4

Mon 22 Sept

Genesis (including the Introduction from the Oxford Study Bible)
Freeman, pp. 94-109

Lecture: "The Geneses of Genesis" / Michael Faletra

Wed 24 Sept

Genesis

Lecture: "Babble" / Jan Mieszkowski

Fri 26 Sept

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

Week 5

Mon 29 Sept

Selections from Exodus (25-29; 31);
Jaffee, Early Judaism, pp. 19-28; 172-188 (on e-reserves)

Lecture: "The Second Temple and Sacred Space" / Laura Leibman

Wed 1 Oct

The Book of Job

Lecture: "The Book of Job: Approaches, Contexts, Readings" / Marat Grinberg

Fri 3 Oct

Homer, The Iliad, Bks 1-5

Lecture: "Oral Tradition in Homer: Giving Form to Action" / Nathalia King

Week 6

Mon 6 Oct

Homer, The Iliad, Bks 6-10
Freeman, pp. 121-38.

Lecture: No lecture.

Wed 8 Oct

Homer, The Iliad, Bks 11-15

Lecture: "The Iliad's Conception of Fate"/ Meg Scharle and Paul Hovda

Fri 10 Oct

Homer, The Iliad, Bks 16-20

Lecture: "The Shield of Achilles" / William Diebold

SECOND PAPER DUE: Saturday, Oct 11, 5:00 PM

Week 7

Mon 13 Oct

Homer, The Iliad, Bks 21-24

Lecture: "Achilles and the End of The Iliad"/ Walter Englert

Wed 15 Oct

Hesiod , Theogony
Freeman, pp. 139-44

Lecture: "Feeble, Ignorant, Ugly, and Smelly: Gods and Humans in Hesiod's Theogony" / Sonia Sabnis

Fri 17 Oct

Hesiod, Works and Days

Lecture: "The Country and the City" / Michael Faletra

OCTOBER 18 – OCTOBER 26: FALL BREAK

Week 8

Mon 27 Oct

Study these images before lecture and conference:
  Hurwit: Idea of Order
  Geometric vases
  Red/white figure vases
Hurwit, The Art and Culture of Early Greece, pp. 125-202 (on e-reserves)
Study Guide for Greek Vases

Lecture: "Death in Archaic Greek Art" / William Diebold

Wed 29 Oct

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: "The Uses of Classicism" / William Diebold

Fri 31 Oct

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

Week 9

Mon 3 Nov

Miller, Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation: Sappho, pp. 51-63; Theognis, pp. 82-94;
Ibycus, pp. 95-98; Anacreon, pp. 99-103

Lecture: "The Unspeakable Vice of the Greeks" / Jay Dickson

Wed 5 Nov

Presocratics Reader, pp. 13-22, 31-65
Freeman, pp. 183-97

Lecture: "Parmenides and the Roots of Western Philosophy" / Paul Hovda

Fri 7 Nov

Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 1.1-1.170; 1.201-1.216
Freeman, pp. 198-214

Lecture: "Oracular History and Athenian Empire" / Margot Minardi

Week 10

Mon 10 Nov

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: "Herodotus the Tourist: The Role of Ethnography in Herodotus' Histories" / Ellen Millender

Wed 12 Nov

Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 6.48-6.84, 6.103-6.131; 7.1-7.152, 7.172-7.239.

Lecture: No lecture.

Fri 14 Nov

Herodotus, Histories, Bk/Ch. 8.1-8.103, 9.17-9.82, 9.108-9.122.

Lecture: "Look to the End" / Jay Dickson

THIRD PAPER DUE: Saturday, Nov. 15, 5:00 PM

Week 11

Mon 17 Nov

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

Lecture: "Empire of All Kinds" / Margot Minardi

Wed 19 Nov

Aeschylus, "Agamemnon," Oresteia
Freeman, pp. 247-69

Lecture: "Feminine Speech in The Oresteia" / Michael Faletra

Fri 21 Nov

Aeschylus, "The Libation Bearers" and "Eumenides," Oresteia

Lecture: "Justice in The Oresteia" / Peter Steinberger

Week 12

Mon 24 Nov

Sophocles, Antigone

Lecture: "Tragedy, Kinship, Dust" / Jan Mieszkowski

Wed 26 Nov

Parthenon
Visual Images: study these images before lecture and conference:
  Tour of Parthenon frieze by Hellenic Ministry of Culture (Greek: click "English" in lower right of screen for English edition)
  Tour of Parthenon Frieze by Columbia University (English)
  Slides of Parthenon
  Ancient Athens 3D
Castriota, "The Parthenon Frieze, Persia and the Athenian Empire" (on e-reserves)
Study Guide for Greek Temples

Lecture: "Goddess and Polis" / Laura Leibman

NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 1: THANKSGIVING VACATION

Week 13

Mon 1 Dec

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Introduction, Bk/Ch. 1.1-146;
Freeman, pp. 294-313
Presocratics Reader, pp. 144-161

Lecture: "Thucydides and the Nature of History" / Walter Englert

Wed 3 Dec

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Bk/Ch. 2.1-2.65

Lecture: No lecture.

Fri 5 Dec

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, Bk/Ch. 3.1-3.85, 5.13-5.24, 5.83-5.116

Lecture: "Thucydidean Thought" / Peter Steinberger

FOURTH PAPER DUE: Saturday, Dec 6, 5:00 PM

Week 14

Mon 8 Dec

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: "Thucydides: Tragedian, Historian, and Political Ethicist" / Nathalia King

Wed 10 Dec

Euripides, The Bacchae

Lecture: "Possessed by Bacchus" / Elizabeth Drumm

FINAL EXAM: Thursday, December 18th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm