INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL STUDIES: GREECE (CLST 1003)

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

FALL SEMESTER, 2007

Professor Daniel B. Levine

ILLUSTRATION: From Herodotus Histories, book 1, Croesus the Lydian king on the pyre at the order of Cyrus the Great of Persia. Croesus remembers the words of the wise Athenian Solon, just as the flames approach him. What can save Croesus now? (Attic red-figure amphora, attributed to Myson, perhaps 500-490 BCE. Paris, Louvre.)


Welcome to Classical Studies 1003!

In this class we will look at the ancient Greeks through Words and Dirt. Namely, the physical remains of their culture which we find buried in the soil, and the literary creations which have become the foundation of western culture. This class will require the students to read, to write, to think, and to participate. The professor will endeavor to combine lecture, class discussion, and reading assignments to give students an impression of what these ancient people were like, how they lived, and what they have bequeathed to us.

 

Daily Assignments (a.k.a. 'Study Questions')

In order to help students complete their reading assignments, the professor has written "Study Questions" which will form the basis of class discussions. These study questions will be posted on the course web site. Students will hand in typed answers to several of these Study Questions for each class.

The last digit of the University of Arkansas ID number will determine which questions students will hand in. For example, students with "4" as the last ID# digit will hand in written answers to questions 4, 14, 24, etc. Students should type these answers and bring them to class on the day they are due. Students may modify their answers in class if they need to, without penalty. Answers will be graded on accuracy, completeness, spelling, grammar, and clarity/insight. The professor will not accept late answers. Each set of questions not handed in on time will receive the score of zero (0). The professor will drop the three lowest study-question scores for each student.

 

Student Presentations "Classics in Our World"

Our language and culture is permeated by the classical past. During the course of this semester, students in this class will present some examples of the relevance of Classics to modern life and language. In groups of two, students will make brief (2 minute) presentations in class, telling about some word, expression, art form, or literary conceit that we owe to the Greeks. The Professor will assign these words in the first week of classes. Further explanation and list of words are here.

 

Real Greek for Real Students.

Language and culture are so closely interconnected! To understand Greeks best, we should know their language. Since our time is limited this semester, we will at least learn the Greek alphabet as a step towards our goal of assimilating as much ancient Greek civilization as we can this term. You will find the Greek alphabet (capitals and lower case) as you will write it at this site, and some practice exercises here (at the bottom of the page). Please write out the whole Greek alphabet as I have written it -- at least ten examples of each letter, upper and lower case. It's fun!

Students will use their knowledge of the Greek alphabet at several points in the semester, including your presentations on Classics in Our World.

 

Honors Section

Students enrolled in CLST 1003 H will complete all the assignments for CLST 1003. In addition, they will meet with the professor, and in consultation with him complete an honors project.

 

Grades

Grades in this class will be determined as follows:

 

(A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%)

 

25% Daily Assignments (including Study Questions; Professor will drop three lowest scores)

15% Class Presentations and Participation (includes "Classics in Our World", attendance, active participation, and good citizenship).

20% Essay. NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED. Look Here for a description of the Iliad Essay Assignment, Due Monday, October 1, 2007 (not later).

20% Midterm Examination (Examination #1) 28 September, 2007.

20% Examination #2

 

WORKING TOGETHER AND ACADEMIC HONESTY

I want you to work together. However, the products of student work must be personal. That is, if you study together, do not copy what your study partner has written. The main point is that you do your own work, and do not steal someone else's. Identical work will arouse the suspicion of academic dishonesty. If you have questions about the University's policy on Academic Honesty, look in the University of Arkansas Catalog.

 

REQUIRED TEXTS

Please use the following editions, as the daily study questions will be based on these editions. Also, bring the relevant book to class with you when we will be discussing its material. Thanks!

 

REACHING ME

My office hours are MWF 1:30 -2:20, and by appointment, in Kimpel Hall 502. I want to be available to you. My office telephone is 575-5937, and my home number is 521-3294 (only before 9:00 PM, please). Other ways to reach me: FAX: 575-6795; email: dlevine@uark.edu. You may send me things by Campus Mail to "D. Levine, Foreign Languages, KIMP 425." You may also leave messages in my mailbox in Kimpel Hall 425. (Department of Foreign Languages).

 

Inclement Weather Policy

When the University is open, I will meet classes. If serious weather prevents a student from making it to class, I will permit that student to make up the day's work without penalty.

 

I look forward to exploring the world of ancient Greece with you!

 

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