Time and place of Class: T-Th 11 am – 12:20 pm; Morton 343
Class web page:
Homer Odyssey (R. Lattimore, tr.)
Aeschylus: The Oresteia (R. Fagles, tr.)
Sophocles: Three Theban Plays (R. Fagles, tr.)
Euripides: Ten Plays (P. Roche tr.)
Aristophanes Four Plays (Arrowsmith, et al., trs.)
M.I. Finley, tr. The Portable Greek Historians
Plato, Symposium (Woodruff and Nehemas, trs.)
Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates (Grube, tr.)
A Course Packet of photocopied materials, available at the bookstore
T. Martin: Ancient Greece.
Some additional required readings will be available through the reserve desk at SWEM library or on Electronic Reserve through Blackboard/Courseinfo.
Assignments and Grading:
Your grade will be calculated as follows:
NOTE: Students who distinguish themselves in class participation will receive up to four percentage points of extra credit
Explanation of Grade Components:
Important Course Policies:
No late papers, quizzes or assignments will be accepted without verifiable evidence of dire circumstances. No special arrangements whatsoever will be made if you do not notify me of your dire circumstances within 48 HOURS after the date or deadline missed.
Tentative Class Schedule: This schedule presents the main topics to be discussed each week, and important scheduled deadlines and activities. More specific information on topics and reading assignments will be given as we proceed through the semester, but the dates for tests and the DEADLINES for papers, etc. will stay the same unless there is some unforeseen calamity.
(abbreviations: CP=Course Pack; PH: Portable Greek Historians)
Week 0Aug 30: Introduction Week 1 Sept 4-6: Homer and Hesiod: Traditional Poetry Reading 9/4: Hesiod: Excerpts from Theogony and Works and Days (CP); (Martin, Chapter 1, 2) Reading 9/6: Homer: Excerpts from the Iliad (CP) (Martin, Chapter 3) Week 2 Sept 11-13: Homer: The Odyssey Sept 11: Books 1-6 Tuesday quizzes begin Sept 13: Books 7-12 Week 3 Sept 18-20: Odyssey cont’d. Sept 18: Books 13-18 Sept 20: Books 19-24 Week 4 Sept 25-27: The Archaic Period Sept 25: Lyric Poetry: Archilochus, Sappho and others (CP) (Martin, Chapter 4, 5) Sept 27: Pindar (CP), Bacchylides (CP), and Herodotus (PH) (Martin, Chapter 6) Week 6 Oct 2-4: The Classical Period; Athenian Drama Oct 1: Intro to Drama; Aeschylus, Agamemnon (Martin, Chapter 7) Oct 3: Aeschylus, Eumenides Week 7 9-11 Athenian Tragedy, cont’d Oct 9: Sophocles OedipusThe King October 11: Sophocles Antigone Week 8 Oct 16-18 Oct 16 (Tuesday) NO CLASS (Fall Break) October 18 (Thursday): MIDTERM EXAM Week 9 Oct 23-25: Euripides Oct 23: Euripides Bacchae (Martin, Chapter 8) Oct 25: Euripides Trojan Women Week 10 Oct 30 – Nov 1: Athenian Comedy Oct 30: Aristophanes: The Frogs Oct 1: Aristophanes: The Birds Week 11 Nov 6-8: Rhetoric and Historiography Nov 6 Gorgias and Lysias (CP) Nov 8 Thucydides and Xenophon (HP) Week 12 Nov 13-15: Philosophy Nov 13 Aristophanes Clouds (Martin, Chapter 9) Final Project to be decided on by this date Nov 15 Plato Apology, Phaedo Week 13 Nov 20-22: Philosophy Nov 20: Plato Symposium Nov 21-23: No Class; Thanksgiving Week 14 Nov 27-29: Later Greek literature Nov 27 The Hellenistic Period (Martin, Chapter 10) Nov 29 Lucian Week 15 Dec 4-6: Conclusions Dec 4: Class Choice Dec 6: Performance(?) Final Projects Due December 11 1:30-4:30: Final Exam