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: PAT-These are for Fall 2008!

These are available in the college bookstore.

1.  Homerís Odyssey, translated by Robert Fagles. (Penguin Classics - $12)

2.  The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George (Penguin Classics - $9.00)

3.  Aeschylus, Oresteia, translated by Peter Meineck (Hackett Publishing - $0.00) 

4.  Euripides, Three Plays, translated by Paul Roche.  (W.W.Norton, - $5.95)

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



Aug. 28: Intro to course and to Homer

Aug. 30: READ FOR TODAY Iliad, books 1 & 3.  Use the notes and study questions at Study Aids to help you understand what you’re reading and for summaries of the unassigned books.  Expect to spend about 2 1/2 to 3 hours reading for each class. 

Sept. 4: Iliad, books 4, 6 and 9.  Continue using the Study Aids. Also, In-Class Mini-Essay See Writing Assignments for details.

Sept. 6: Iliad, books 14, 16 & 17   

Sept. 11: Iliad, books 18 & 19   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay See Writing Assignments for details.

Sept. 13 & 18:  NO CLASS

Sept. 20: Iliad, books 20, 21 & 22  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Sept. 25: Iliad, books 23 & 24

Sept. 27: Class meets in Library Classroom: Go to Library reference desk in T Bldg and ask directions.

Oct. 2: Group Dramatizations from the Iliad (See Group Work for details.)


Oct. 4: In The David Story, translated by R. Alter, read 1 Samuel, chapters 8-18.  Use the Study Aids.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay

Oct. 9:  In The David Story, read 1 Samuel, chapters 19-28.  Continue using the  Study Aids.

Oct. 11:  In The David Story, read 1 Samuel, chapters 29-31 and 2 Samuel, chapters 1-6.   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay

Oct. 16:  In The David Story, read 2 Samuel, chapters 9-16.  

Oct. 18:  In The David Story, read 2 Samuel, chapters 17-20 and in 1 Kings, chapters 1 and 2.   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay

Oct. 23:  Read excerpt from Thucydides on the plague in Athens, handout, and Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus pp. 62-107 in The Theban Plays, translated by Woodruff & Meineck. 

ALSO, 1st PAPER DUE on the Museum Visit and the Iliad (See Writing Assignments for details.)


Oct. 25:  Finish Oedipus Tyrannus and start reading Antigone, pp. 2-20 in The Theban PlaysAlso, In-Class Mini-Essay

Oct. 30:  Finish Antigone, and read excerpts from Aristotle's Poetics on tragedy, handout

Nov. 1: Read Euripides' The Bacchae, translated by Woodruff, pp. 2-21.

Nov. 6: Finish The Bacchae    Also, In-Class Mini-Essay


Nov. 8: Read about "Archaic Lyric Poetry" and then the poems of Sappho, handout  

Nov. 13:  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, 2nd PAPER DUE on David Story and Greek tragedy (See Writing Assignments for details.)

Nov. 15: Read Virgilís Aeneid, Book 1, pp.1-25 in The Essential Aeneid

Nov. 20: Read Virgilís Aeneid, Books 2 and 4, pp.26-74 in The Essential Aeneid  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay

Nov. 22: NO CLASS: Happy Turkey Day!


Nov. 27: Read Virgilís Aeneid, Book 6, pp. 75-104 in The Essential Aeneid.  

Nov. 29: Read Virgilís Aeneid, Excerpts from Books 7 and 8, pp. 105-135 in The Essential Aeneid   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay 

Dec. 4: Read Virgilís Aeneid, Excerpts from Books 9, 10, and 12, pp. 136-163 and pp. 188-197 in The Essential Aeneid

Dec. 6: Groups work together for final presentations. DO NOT be absent!

Dec. 11:  Class meets in Library Classroom.


Dec. 18, 12:30-2:30 pm: Final Group Presentations  (See Group Work.)

ALSO, 3rd PAPER DUE on Sappho/ Catullus/ Virgil  (See Writing Assignments.)