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"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war." — THUCYDIDES
HIA 320, section 81W
More than any other ancient culture, the world of Hellas—the Greek-speaking lands and islands of the Aegean Sea and beyond—attempted to improve and perfect society and civilization, to such an extent that Hellas became a crucible for the fundamental ideas of the “western” world, ideas that formed the bedrock for nations disseminated far and wide across continents and oceans. What made the Greek ideas about how humans relate to the world and each other so elemental? How did the peoples of Hellas evolve their unique perspective?
In this course we will explore the beginnings of European civilization—its gradual unfolding and culmination in Greece, through examination of the key transformations of Greek culture and city-states from the Bronze Age up through the hellenization of the east by the Macedonians.
In this course we'll be pursuing a number of goals, including:
The following three books are required:
Pomeroy, Sarah B., et al.
Wilson, Mark (Ed.).
All are available from Lehman College Bookstore, either in person or online. (The website URL for the bookstore is http://www.lehmancollege.bkstr.com.)
All three are also available from Amazon and other online retailers. If you order online, make sure you do so enough in advance that you'll receive the books in time for the assignments. For more info on getting the books and direct links for buying online or getting the digital editions, click here.
Class attendance is required. Missing classes will damage your grade. The textbook is designed to give you the basics; it's in class that we try to make sense of things and sift out what's important. Missing classes means you miss out on a key part of our trying to put things together. Plus, if you miss classes or habitually arrive late, you'll miss quizzes, which will put a big crimp in your grade for the course.
Religious observances that affect your class attendance should be discussed in advance.
Make-up exams are given only in cases of documented medical emergencies.
Your grade for the course will be determined from the following:
|Presentation & Write-Up||10%|
|Two Short Interpretive Essays||20%|
I do not give extra credit opportunities except to the entire class. I do not grade on a curve.
You may email me your written assignments, but it doesn't "count" unless you get an email back from me saying I received it. Unless I reply back to you, I didn't receive it. If there's any question about whether I'm receiving your emails, please talk to me about it in class. I will accept only the following file formats: DOCX, DOC, RTF, ODT, and PDF.
Late assignments will be marked down. Written assignments will be marked down one letter grade per class meeting after the assignment due date, up to a maximum of 30 points. That means you're still better off turning in your paper late, and having it be marked down, than not turning it in at all.
Don't waste this opportunity! Make the most out of this class.
Please use me as a resource. Come to my office hours, talk to me after class, or send me emails with any questions you have-whether they relate to the requirements of the course or ideas we're reading about or discussing in class.
Be on time and prepared. By prepared, I mean you should come into class having done the readings for that day and thought about them. Come in ready to talk about your reactions to the readings and the questions they raised in your mind.
Check your email. Make sure I have a good email address for you and check it, as I occasionally send information and updates by email. If you have not gotten an email from me within the first week after school begins, check your spam folders. If you can't find an email from me, email me to let me know.
Cell phones and electronics need to be silenced and stowed. A phone ringing during class is hugely disruptive. Texting during class is just as rude and insulting as talking on the phone.
Talk to me if you're struggling. Come to me in office hours or after class, and the sooner the better. Don't wait until it's too late to turn things around.
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For each class meeting, you need to have read BOTH (a) the relevant chapter in the Pomeroy’s Ancient Greece AND (b) at least one of the listed documents from the Reader (marked with a red star).
Accessing the online version of the Reader: The table of contents can be found here. Individual articles are linked below.
1 Thu Aug 28
Introduction and Evidence
2 Thu Sep 4
Minoans and Mycenaeans
pomeroy: Chapter 1
3 Thu Sep 11
The Greek “Dark Age”
pomeroy: Chapter 2
★ reader: HOMER / Agamemnon’s Insult
★ reader: HOMER / The Death of Patroclos
★ reader: HOMER / Nausicaa and the Stranger
★ reader: HOMER / Odysseus and the Suitors
4 Thu Sep 18
The Nobles and the Masses
pomeroy: Chapter 3
★ reader: HESIOD / The Beginnings of Things
★ reader: HESIOD / On Labor
★ reader: VARIOUS / Accounts of the Hellenic Games
★ reader: HERODOTUS AND STRABO / The Founding of Cyrene
★ reader: HERODOTUS / The Tyranny at Corinth
★ reader: SAPPHO / Selected Poems
Thu Sep 25 (no class meeting)
5 Thu Oct 2
Sparta and the Art of War
pomeroy: Chapter 4
★ reader: PLUTARCH / The Great Rhetra of Sparta
★ reader: XENOPHON / The Spartan Polity
★ reader: HERODOTOS / The Spartan Way of Living
★ reader: ARISTOTLE / On the Spartan Constitution
6 Thu Oct 9
Athenians and Barbarians
pomeroy: Chapter 5
★ reader: SOLON / The Rule of Law
★ reader: HERODOTUS / The Battle of Thermopylae
★ reader: VARIOUS WRITERS / Accounts of Religious Beliefs
★ reader: AESCHYLUS / from The Persians
7 Thu Oct 16
Hegemony and Democracy
Position Paper Proposal Due
pomeroy: Chapter 6
★ reader: PSEUDO-XENOPHON / On the Athenian Constitution
★ reader: EURIPIDES / from Medea
★ reader: VARIOUS / Documents on Greek Slavery
★ reader: ANTIPHON / Arguments in an Accidental Homicide
8 Thu Oct 23
pomeroy: Chapter 7
clouds: First half of the play
9 Thu Oct 30
Clouds and the Meaning of Morality
Essay Due on Representations and Images
clouds: Rest of the play
10 Thu Nov 6
War Between the Greeks
pomeroy: Chapter 8
★ reader: THUCYDIDES / Perikles’s Funeral Oration
★ reader: THUCYDIDES / Civil War in Corcyra
★ reader: THUCYDIDES / The Plague at Athens
★ reader: THUCYDIDES / The Melian Dialog
11 Thu Nov 13
The Fourth-Century Crisis
Essay due on Clouds
pomeroy: Chapter 9
★ reader: PLATO / The Death of Socrates
★ reader: XENOPHON / The Battle of Leuctra
★ reader: ANDOCIDES / A Charge of Sacrilege
★ reader: PLATO / The Allegory of the Cave
★ reader: UNKNOWN / Athenian Bankers
12 Thu Nov 20
The Rise of Macedon under Philip
pomeroy: Chapter 10
★ reader: DEMOSTHENES / The First Philippic
★ reader: ISOCRATES / Address to Philip
★ reader: DEMOSTHENES / The Last Stand
★ reader: PLUTARCH / The Murder of Philip II
★ reader: ARISTOTLE / The Ideal State
Thu Nov 27 — Thanksgiving (no class meeting)
Position Paper Optional Draft Due (by email)
Thu Dec 18 — Final Exam (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
|Thu Aug 28||Classes begin|
|Wed Sep 3||Last day to drop|
|Thu Sep 25||No classes|
|Thu Nov 6||Deadline to withdraw with a W|
|Thu Nov 27||No classes — Thanksgiving|
|Thu Oct 30||Representations & Images Essay Due|
|Thu Nov 13||Clouds Essay Due|
|Thu Oct 16||Position Paper Proposal Due|
|Thu Nov 27||” Optional Draft Due|
|Thu Dec 11||” Final Due Date<|
|Thu Dec 18||Final Examination|