History 21.4: Ancient Greece

Fall 2007 -- TF 10:50 AM-12:05 PM

Professor M. L. King:  king@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Schedule

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Session  Date Topic Assignment    Readings
1 8/28    
2 8/31Temple, palace, tomb  
  1. Homer, Iliad, book XXIII, funeral games, excerpt

3 9/4Achilles the hero  
  1. Homer, Iliad, book I, the wrath of Achilles, excerpt

  2. Homer, Iliad, book IX: Achilles' soliloquy, excerpt

  3. Pindar, Nemean Ode #6:  the heroic ideal

4 9/7The evolving gods  
  1. Homeric hymn: To Earth, Mother of All
  2. Hesiod, Theogony, ll. 104-206: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL/Hesiod/theogony.html
  3. Homer, Iliad, from book VIII, excerpt
5 9/11The idea of justice Writing sample (ungraded)
  1. Homer, from book XVIII: the shield of Achilles

  2. Hesiod, Works and Days,  injustice in action: ll. 106-382: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL/Hesiod/works.html

6 9/18Archaic Age: Hoplites and drinking songs  
  1. Tyrtaeus and Archilochus: http://www.msu.edu/~tyrrell/hoplite.htm
  2. Other hoplite documents:   http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/hoplite_rev.html
7 9/25Archaic Age: Colonization, trade, and the expansion of Hellas  
  1. Thucydides on early Greece:  http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/thuc-hellenes.html

  2. Herodotus and Strabo on the founding of Cyrene:  http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/630cyrene.html

8 9/28Archaic Age: The lyric age  
  1. Verses by Archilochus --  http://www.glaced.digitalspace.net/list/archilochus.htm

  2. Verses by Sappho -- http://classicpersuasion.org/pw/sappho/sappmyatt.htm

9 10/2The Spartan ideal Quiz 1  
Plutarch, Lycurgus, entire; excerpts
10 10/5Spartan society 
  1. Xenophon, The Polity of the Spartans: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/xeno-sparta1.html
  2. Aristotle, On the Lacedaemonian Constitution: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/aristotle-sparta.html
11 10/9Athens: from tyranny to  democracy, 1 
Aristotle, Athenian Constitution, Section 1: http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/athenian_const.html
12 10/12Athens: from tyranny to  democracy, 2 

Aeschylus, The Oresteia, 1: Agamemnon [BB or purchase] -- first half (to line 780 approximately): Agamemnon's entry

13 10/16Oresteia, 1Essay
Aeschylus, Agamemnon, second half
14 10/19Oresteia, 2  
Aeschylus, The Oresteia, 2: Libation Bearers and 3: Eumenides
15 10/23The Persian Wars 
Herodotus, The Persian Wars, excerpts:  http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/herodotus-xerxes.html
16 10/26The Periclean age 
  1. The "Old Oligarch": http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/424pol-athens.html
  2. Pericles' Funeral Oration, by Thucydides: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/pericles-funeralspeech.html; also in Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War [online or purchase], 2:34-46.
17 10/30The oikos - women, household, slaves 
  1. Aristotle: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/greek_wives.html
  2. Xenophon: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/xenophon-genderroles.html  
  3. Semonides: http://www.stoa.org/diotima/anthology/sem_7.shtml s.html
  4. On slaves: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/greek_slave

18 11/2The Peloponnesian war - Thucydides, 1 
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War [BB or purchase], 3.25-28 & 35-50: Mytilnean debate; 3:70-85: Corcyrean revolution; 5:17: Melian dialogue
19 11/6The Peloponnesian war - Thucydides, 2 
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War [BB or purchase], 7, all: the Sicilian expeditionl
20 11/9Prelude to Philosophy: the pre-Socratics  
  1. Anaxagoras: http://history.hanover.edu/texts/presoc/anaxagor.htm
  2. Xenophanes, http://history.hanover.edu/texts/presoc/Xenophan.html
  3. Parmenides:http://history.hanover.edu/texts/presoc/Parmends.html
  4. Timeline of Greek Poets and Thinkers
21 11/13Sophists and philosophers 
  1. Gorgias, Encomium of Helen:  http://www.phil.vt.edu/mgifford/phil2115/Helen.htm
  2. Aristophanes, Clouds, excerpt: History21.4.Sess21.Aristophanes
  3. Plato, Meno, 82-86
22 11/16Socrates and PlatoQuiz 2 
Plato, Phaedo
23 11/21Aristotle, 1 
Aristotle, Politics, excerpts: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/aristotle-politics1.html
24 11/27Aristotle, 2  
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, excerpts: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/aristotle-ethics1.html
25 11/30Philip and Demosthenes 
  1. Justin, History, excerpt: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/justin_philip.html
  2. Demosthenes, First Philippic:  http://www.4literature.net/Demosthenes/First_Philippic/
26 12/4Alexander the Great 
Plutarch, Alexander: http://www.e-classics.com/ALEXANDER.htm
27 12/7Hellenistic civilization, 1 
  1. Theocritus, Idyll 15: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ankcient/250theocritus15.html
  2. Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers, on Diogenes the Cynic:   http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/diogeneslaertius-book6-cynics.html#Diogenes
28 12/11Hellenistic civilization , 2Quiz 3
  1. The Hippocratic Oath:  http://duke.usask.ca/~porterj/DeptTransls/HippOath.html
  2. Archimedes, from Plutarch, Marcellus: http://www.math.nyu.edu/~crorres/Archimedes/Siege/Plutarch.html
 
  12/21 Final exam    

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