CLST 1003: INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL STUDIES, GREECE

FALL, 2001. University of Arkansas

Professor Daniel Levine

Schedule of Readings

(Revised November 16, 2001.

NOTE NEW DATES AND READINGS)

ILLUSTRATION: The mortal woman Danae was beloved of Zeus. It was foretold that her offspring would kill Danae's father king Acrisios of Argos. Acrisios hid Danae away in a locked prison, but Zeus entered in a shower of gold, and thus impregnated Danae. The scene here is the happy moment of Perseus' conception. Danae's son was Perseus, the hero who later beheaded the gorgon Medusa. Acrisios put Danae and her baby son in a sealed chest and put them into the sea to die, but they of course survived, and Perseus fulfilled his destiny.

(Red-Figure Crater, 430 BCE, Boeotia. Paris; Louvre)

Students should consult this page for reading assignments, and be sure to read all assignments in advance of the class in which they will be discussed.

Students will come to class with written answers to the study questions which are due for each assignment.

 

Week 1

August 27 Monday

Introduction and Welcome to CLST 1003.

 

August 29 Wednesday

Read: Beard/Henderson: CLASSICS: A Very Brief Introduction Chapters 1-3, pages 1-32.

 

August 31 Friday

Meet in Kimpel Hall 306 for film.

 

Week 2

September 03 Monday

Labor Day. No class. Continue reading in Beard/Henderson.

 

September 05 Wednesday

Read: Beard/Henderson: CLASSICS: A Very Brief Introduction Chapters 4-6, pages 33-67.

 

September 07 Friday

Read: Beard/Henderson: CLASSICS: A Very Brief Introduction Chapters 7-10, pages 68-123.

 

Week 3

September 10 Monday

Read Martin ANCIENT GREECE, Chapters 1-2: "Backgrounds of Ancient Greek History" and "From Indo-Europeans to Mycenaeans," pages 1-35.

 

September 12 Wednesday

Read Martin, ANCIENT GREECE Chapter 3 "The Dark Age," pages 36-50.

 

September 14 Friday

MEMORIAL SERVICE. ALL CLASSES AT 12:30 CANCELLED.

 

Week 4

September 17 Monday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Iliad books 1-4, pages 1-51.

 

 

September 19 Wednesday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Iliad books 5-9 pages 52-106.

 

 

September 21 Friday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Iliad books 11-15, pages 107-153.

 

 

Week 5

September 24 Monday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Iliad books 16-20, pages 153-198.

 

 

September 26 Wednesday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Iliad books 21-24, pages 199-240.

 

 

September 28 Friday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Odyssey books 1-8, pages 241-298.

 

 

Week 6

October 01 Monday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Odyssey books 9-11, pages 298-351.

 

 

October 03 Wednesday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Odyssey books 12-18, pages 352-402.

 

 

October 05 Friday

Read Lombardo THE ESSENTIAL HOMER, Odyssey books 19-24, pages 403-482.

HAND IN YOUR PAPER TOPIC, AND YOUR SOURCES TODAY.

 

 

Week 7

October 08 Monday

NO CLASS TODAY. WORK ON YOUR PAPERS!

 

October 10 Wednesday

ESSAY #1 DUE: HOMER AND ART

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October 12 Friday Midterm Examination

Click Here to see Preview of Midterm Examination

 

Week 8

October 15 Monday

Read Martin, ANCIENT GREECE Chapter 4 "The Archaic Age," pages 51-69

 

October 17 Wednesday

Read Martin, ANCIENT GREECE Chapter 5: "Oligarchy, Tyranny, and Democracy," pages 70-93.

 

October 19 Friday

Read Blanco/Roberts Herodotus, THE HISTORIES, Introduction, Note, and Book 1, to page 73.

 

Week 9

October 22 Monday

Read Blanco/Roberts Herodotus, THE HISTORIES, Books 2-4, pages 74-126.

 

October 24 Wednesday

Read Blanco/Roberts Herodotus, THE HISTORIES, Books 5-7 (middle), pages 127-183.

 

October 26 Friday

Read Blanco/Roberts Herodotus, THE HISTORIES, Books 7 (middle)-9, pages 183-237.

 

Week 10

October 29 Monday

Read Martin, ANCIENT GREECE Chapter 6: "From Persian Wars to Athenian Empire," 94-123.

 

October 31 Wednesday

Read Woodruff THUCYDIDES Preface and Introduction, pages vii-xxxiii, Book 1, pages 1-37.

 

November 02 Friday

Read Woodruff, THUCYDIDES, Books 2-3, pages 39-87

 

Week 11

November 05 Monday

Read Woodruff THUCYDIDES Books 3-8, pages 89-160.

 

November 07 Wednesday

Read Martin ANCIENT GREECE Chapter 7: "Culture and Society in Classical Athens"

 

November 09 Friday

Read Martin, ANCIENT GREECE, Chapter 8: "PELOPONNESIAN WAR AND AFTERMATH" 147-173

 

Week 12

November 12 Monday

Read Meineck AESCHYLUS ORESTEIA, Introduction, pages vi-xlvii, Agamemnon, pages 2-66.

 

November 14 Wednesday

Read Meineck AESCHYLUS ORESTEIA, The Libation Bearers, pages 69-113.

 

November 16 Friday

Read Meineck AESCHYLUS ORESTEIA, The Furies, pages 116-160.

 

Week 13

November 19 Monday

PREVIEW OF EURIPIDES' BACCHAE. No written assignment is due today, but we will read aloud some scenes from Euripides' Bacchae, so please read the play BACCHAE for today, and hand in the study questions -- which we will go over -- on November 21 (Wednesday)

 

November 21 Wednesday

Read Woodruff, EURIPIDES BACCHAE Introduction, pages vii-xlv; text: pages 1-64.

 

November 23 Friday

No Class. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.

 

Week 14

November 26 Monday

Read Meineck ARISTOPHANES I, General Introduction vii-xl; Introduction to Clouds, pages 1-7, and Clouds, pages 8-106

 

November 28 Wednesday

Read Meineck ARISTOPHANES I, Wasps, pages 125-233

 

November 30 Friday

Read Meineck ARISTOPHANES I, Birds, pages 262-381.

Also, today students will hand in a list of five places which they will include in their final essays. Please hand in this assignment in the following format (the places below are given only as examples -- you may choose any places you wish for your essay).

Topics in Where in the (Greek) World Essay:

1) Delphi in Herodotus' Histories

2) Sphacteria in Thucydides' History

3) Argos in Aeschylus' Oresteia

4) Mt. Tmolus and Mt. Helicon in Euripides' Bacchae

5) Cloudcuckooland in Aristophanes' Birds

 

Week 15

December 03 Monday

Work on outline for Essay #2. No Class.

 

December 05 Wednesday

Hand in Outlines for Essay #2. Drop off in Kimpel Hall 425 or at Kimpel Hall 502 before 1:30 PM. No Class. On your outlines, be sure to include the actual section numbers or line numbers of the passages which you intend to cite in your essay. CLICK HERE FOR SUGGESTED FORMAT FOR OUTLINES.

 

December 07 Friday

Study for Final Examination and write Essay #2. No Class.

 

December 08 Saturday

Come to Giffels Auditorium in Old Main. 4:00-5:00 PM.

Sappho in Performance.

Sappho lived on Lesbos in the seventh century BCE and wrote lyric poems. Professor Paula Saffire of Butler University will give a "live" presentation relating to Sappho's life and poetry.

Sponsored by the University of Arkansas Classical Studies Program, and the Beta Pi Chapter of the National Honorary Classics Society Eta Sigma Phi.

This is an extra credit opportunity for this class. Students wanting to have extra credit count towards their grade in CLST 1003 will attend this performance, and type up their experience, impressions, and what they learned, and hand it in before 9:30 AM, Thursday, December 13.

 

Week 16

December 10 Monday. In-Class Review. ESSAY #2 DUE: "Where in the (Greek) World?"

December 12 Wednesday DEAD DAY. No class.

December 13 Thursday 7:30-9:30 AM FINAL EXAMINATION Scheduled

 

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