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 list 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.

1.  Aeschylus, The Oresteia, translated by Peter Meineck (Hackett Publishing - $11.)

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

3.  The New American Bible (Ingram Higher Education Publishing - $6.95) - ON ORDER -- Also ONLINE

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

5.  Euripides, Grief Lessons, translated by Anne Carson (Random House - $15.) 

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

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SYLLABUS for SECTION 14 (Tu & Th 2):

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

Aug. 26: Intro to course and to the story of Troy

Aug. 31: READ FOR TODAY in Aeschylus' Oresteia, the Introduction, pp. vi-xvii and Agamemnon, the whole play.  Use the notes and study questions at Study Aids to help you understand what youíre reading. 

Sept. 2: Read The Libation-Bearers, pp. 69-113.  Focus on two scenes, the disguised Orestes talking to Clytemnestra, and his murder and display of the bodies.  Remember the red fabric. Continue using the Study Aids. Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

The so-called Death Mask of Agamemnon, supposedly found by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876 at the site of ancient Mycenae.

Sept. 4:  Read The Furies, pp. 116-60.  Focus on the arguments of the Furies and Apollo during the trial and on Athena's judgment and placating of the Furies afterwards.  Where does the red fabric appear?

Sept. 9 & 14: No Class  Read the Odyssey!

Sept. 16: READ FOR TODAY Odyssey, books 1-8.  Use the notes and study questions at Study Aids to help you understand what youíre reading.  Expect to spend about 2 1/2 to 3 hours reading for each class. 

Sept. 21: Odyssey, books 9-12.  Continue the Study Aids. Also, In-Class Mini-Essay See Writing Assignments for details.

Sept. 23: Odyssey, books 13-16   

Sept. 28: Odyssey, books 17-20   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay See  Writing Assignments for details.

Sept. 30: Odyssey, books 21-24  

Drawing of an ancient Greek vase painting of Odysseus listening to the Sirens

Oct. 5:  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. Also, Topic and Outline of first paper due.  See Writing Assignments for details.

Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach (1528)

Oct. 7:  Read Genesis, the story of Esau and Jacob, from chap. 25:19 through chap. 35  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay 

Oct. 12:  Read Genesis, the story of Joseph and his brothers, chaps. 37 to 47.  Also, 1st Paper Due Date.  See Writing Assignmentsfor details.

Oct. 14:  Group Dramatizations of the Odyssey.  See Group Work for details.  

Oct. 19:  Read the story of Moses in Exodus, chaps. 1-15  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay 

 

        Statue of Moses by Michelangelo (1513-1515)

Oct. 21:  In Sophocles' Theban Plays, read Antigone.  Start with pp. xvi-xxi in the Introduction, and then read the whole play, pp. 3-60. 

Oct. 26:  In Sophocles' Theban Plays, read Oedipus Tyrannus. Start with pp. xxxv-xli in the Introduction, and then read the whole play, pp. 62-124.     Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.  Also, 2nd Paper Due Date.

Ancient Greek vase painting of Oedipus and the Sphinx

Oct. 28: In Grief Lessons, read Euripides' Alkestis. pp. 247-306.

Nov. 2:  In Grief Lessons, read Euripides' Hippolytos, pp. 163-203.   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Nov. 4:  Finish reading Hippolytos, pp. 203-242.   

Nov. 9:  Read in The Essential Aeneid, the Introduction, pp. ix-xxxii, and part of Virgil's Aeneid, book 1, pp. 1-10.  Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.

Nov. 11:  Read Virgil's Aeneid, books 1 and part of 2, pp. 10-33.  

Nov. 16:  Read Virgil's Aeneid, the rest of book 2 and book 4, pp. 33-74   Also, In-Class Mini-Essay  See Writing Assignments for details.  Also, 3rd Paper Due Date.

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

Nov. 18:  Read selections from Virgil's Aeneid, pages TBA

Nov. 23:  Read selections from Virgil's Aeneid, pages TBA

Nov. 25: NO CLASS: Happy Turkey Day!

Nov. 30:  Read  the poems of Sappho, handout

Dec. 2:   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

Dec. 7:  In the New American Bible, read the book of Ruth.   Also, 4th Paper Due Date  See Writing Assignments for details. 

Dec. 9:  Groups work together for final presentations. DO NOT be absent!     

                            

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

Dec. 16 or 21: Final Group Presentations  (See Group Work.).  Everyone MUST be present throughout.

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SYLLABUS for SECTION 25 (FRIDAYS 2 & 3):

Expect to spend about 5-6 hours reading for each weekly class.  Also, expect to write in every class on that day's reading.  See Writing Assignments for more about these mini-essays.

Aug. 27:  Intro to the course and the story of Troy; some poems, etc.  We start reading Agamemnon.

Sept. 3:  In Aeschylus' Oresteia, read the Introduction, pp. vi-xvii, finish reading Agamemnon, pp. 1-66, and go on to read The Libation-Bearers and The Furies, pp. 69-128.  Use the notes and study questions at Study Aids to help you understand what youíre reading.  

Sept. 10:  NO CLASS   Read the Odyssey!  Use the notes and study questions at Study Aids to help you understand what youíre reading. 

Sept. 14, YES, a Tuesday!:  For today, read Homer's Odyssey, Books 1-8.  Use the notes and study questions at Study Aids to help you understand what youíre reading. 

Sept. 17:  NO CLASS  Continue reading the Odyssey.

Sept. 24:  For today, read Homer's Odyssey, books 9-16.  Continue to use the Study Aids.  

Oct. 1:  For today, finish Homer's Odyssey, books 17-24.  Continue to use the Study Aids.  

Oct. 8:  In the New American Bible (also available online), read Genesis, chapters 1-4 (story of creation), chapters 11-18:15 (the story of Abraham, Lot, and Isaac), and chapters 25:19-35 (the story of Esau and Jacob).

Oct. 15:  In the New American Bible, read Genesis, chapters 37-47 (the story of Joseph and his brothers).  Also, Group Dramatizations of the Odyssey. See Group Work for more info. Also, 1st Paper Due Date.  See Writing Assignments for more info.

Oct. 22:  In the New American Bible, read Exodus, chapters 1-15 (the story of Moses in Egypt).  Also, in Sophocles' Theban Plays, read Antigone.  Start with pp. xvi-xxi in the Introduction, and then read the whole play, pp. 3-60. 

Oct. 29:  In Sophocles' Theban Plays, read Oedipus Tyrannus. Start with pp. xxxv-xli in the Introduction, and then read the whole play, pp. 62-124.  Also, in Grief Lessons, read Euripides' Alkestis. pp. 247-306.  Also, 2nd Paper Due Date.  See Writing Assignments for more info.

Nov. 5:   In Grief Lessons, read Euripides' Hippolytos, pp. 163-242.

Nov. 12:  In The Essential Aeneid, read the Introduction, pp. ix-xxxii, and book 1 of Virgil's Aeneid, pp. 1-25. 

Nov. 19:  Read books 2 and 4 of Virgil's Aeneid, pp. 26-74..  Also, 3rd Paper Due Date.  See Writing Assignments for more info.

Nov. 26:  NO CLASS  Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec. 3:  Read further selections from Virgil's Aeneid, TBA.  Also, read the poems of Sappho, handout.

Dec. 10:  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 the last half of the class, groups work together for final presentations. DO NOT be absent!  Also, 4th Paper Due Date.  See Writing Assignments for more info.

Dec. 17:  Final Group Presentations  (See Group Work.).  Everyone MUST be present throughout.