Lit. 230 Syllabus- Spring, 2013

 

Greek vase with a singer in full voice, accompanying himself on a kithara. Red figure vase from Athens, c. 430 b.c. 
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BOOKS:

These, in the order in which we will read them, are available in the college bookstore.  Prices are for new copies, but cheaper prices are often available online for both new and used copies.  The New Amer. Bible is also available free online.

  Homerís Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles. (Penguin USA - $16.)

Virgil, The Essential Aeneid, translated and excerpted by Stanley Lombardo.  (Hackett Publishing - $6.95)

Sophocles, The Theban Plays, translated by Peter Meineck (Hackett Publishing - $11.) 

Euripides, Three Plays, translated by Paul Roche (W.W.Norton - $15.) 

The New American Bible ($6.95) - Purchase at the American Bible Society, Broadway & 61st St. -- Also ONLINE

 

SYLLABUS:

Expect to spend about 2 1/2 to 3 hours reading per class.

Jan. 29: Intro to course and to the story of Troy

Jan. 31: READ FOR TODAY in Homer's Iliad, Book 1, pp. 77-98.  Use the notes and glossary in the back of the book and my Study Aids.

Feb. 5:  READ FOR TODAY in Homer's Iliad, Books 3 and 6 and my summaries of the skipped books.  Continue using the Study Aids. Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Vase Painting of Achilles brooding in his anger.

Vase painting on a pelike (storage jar) made in 425-401 bce of Achilles brooding in his anger.

Feb. 9:  READ FOR TODAY my summaries of Books 7 & 8 and then read Homer's Iliad, Book 9.  Continue using the Study Aids.

Feb. 12: No Class  Read the Iliad!  If you like, meet me at the Metropolitan Museum with your listening device for the Greek podcast tour.

Feb. 14: READ FOR TODAY my summaries of Books 10-15 and then read Homer's Iliad, Books 16-17-18.  Continue using the Study Aids.  

Feb. 19: READ FOR TODAY Homer's Iliad, Books 19-20-21.  Continue using the Study Aids. Also, In-Class Mini-Essay See Writing Assignments for details.

Feb. 21:  READ FOR TODAY Homer's Iliad, Books 22-23-24.  Continue using the Study Aids.   

Vase Painting of Priam ransoming Hector

Greek vase painting on a water jar (hydria) of Priam ransoming Hector (made in 510-500 bce)

Feb. 26: In-Class Essay on the Iliad. See  Writing Assignments for details.  Also, groups meet.

Feb. 28:  READ FOR TODAY Virgil's Aeneid, the Introduction, pp. ix-xvi, and Book 1, pp. 1-25. Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Mar. 5:  READ FOR TODAY Virgil's Aeneid, Book 2 and the summary of Book 3, pp. 26-51.  Also, First Due Date for Paper.  See Writing Assignments for details.

Sculpture of Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius fleeing Troy by Gian Lorenzo Bernini    (1618-19) 

Mar. 7:  READ FOR TODAY Virgil's Aeneid, Book 4, pp. 52-74.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Mar. 12:  READ FOR TODAY Virgil's Aeneid, Book 6, pp. 75-92 and 100-104 (from line 935 to end of book).  In final 15-20 minutes, groups rehearse.

Mar. 14:  Group Dramatizations of the Iliad or Aeneid.  See Group Work for more info.

Mar. 19:  READ FOR TODAY the Introduction, pp. ix-ixx, and Sophocles' Antigone in Theban Plays, translated by Meineck and Woodruff.

Mar. 21: In-class essay on the Aeneid.  See Writing Assignments for details.

Mar. 26-April 2:  Spring Break.  Relax!  Join me at the Metropolitan Museum with your listening device for the Roman podcast tour, day to be arranged in class.

Ap. 4:  READ FOR TODAY Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus in Theban Plays.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Ancient Greek vase painting of Oedipus and the Sphinx

Ap. 9:  READ FOR TODAY Euripides' Medea, pp.33-58 in Three Plays of Euripides, translated by Roche.

Ap. 11: READ FOR TODAY the rest of Euripides' Medea, pp. 58-76, and half of The Bacchae, pp. 78-96.

Ap. 16: READ FOR TODAY the rest of Euripides' Bacchae, pp. 97-126.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Ap. 18:  In the New American Bible (also available online), read Genesis, chaps. 1 to 4, the story of creation; chap. 11:1-9; and chaps. 12 to 18:1-15: the story of Abraham, Lot, and Isaac. 

Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach (1528)

Ap. 23:  READ FOR TODAY Genesis, the story of Esau and Jacob, from chap. 25:19 through chap. 35  Also, 2nd Paper Due Date.  See Writing Assignmentsfor details.

Ap. 25:  READ FOR TODAY Genesis, the story of Joseph and his brothers, chaps. 37 to 47.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Ap. 30:  READ FOR TODAY the story of Moses in Exodus, chaps. 1-15.  

May 2:  In-class comparison/contrast essay on our selections from the Bible and earlier texts.

 

        Statue of Moses by Michelangelo (1513-1515)

May 7:  Read  the poems of Sappho, handout

May 9:   Download from our website and read these poems by Catullus: #1, 1b, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 27, 31, 51, 70, 72, 83, 85, 101, 107, 109.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay

May 14:  Bring to class the text (and music if you like) of a modern love song that shows one or more of the themes we've seen in Sappho and Catullus.

May 16:  Groups work together for final presentations. DO NOT be absent!   Also, 3rd Paper Due Date  See Writing Assignments for details. 

        

Marble sculpture of Aphrodite, Pan, and Eros from the Hellenistic period, ca. 100 bce

May 21 or 23: Final Group Presentations  (See Group Work.).  Everyone MUST be present throughout.