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Schedule HIS 246

1   Thu Aug 28
      Introduction and Evidence
     
mathisen:   3-13
      gilgamesh:   Introduction

2   Tue Sep 2
      The Neolithic World and the Invention of Civilization
     
mathisen:   14–30
      gilgamesh:   Tablet 1

3   Thu Sep 4
      The Rise of Sumer
     
mathisen:   37–51
      gilgamesh:   Tablet 2

4   Tue Sep 9
      The Kings and Gods of Sumer
      Themes in The Epic of Gilgamesh
     
mathisen:   51–58
      gilgamesh:   Tablet 5

5   Thu Sep 11
      The Semitic Empires of Mesopotamia
     
mathisen:   58–72
      gilgamesh:   Tablet 6

6   Tue Sep 16
      Egypt: Gift of the Nile
     
mathisen:   74–89
      gilgamesh:   Tablet 7

7   Thu Sep 18
      The Evolution of Egypt
     
mathisen:   89–105
      gilgamesh:   Tablet 11

   Tue Sep 23 — No class
   Thu Sep 25 — No class

8   Tue Sep 30
      ☛ Essay #1 Due (On The Epic of Gilgamesh)
     
Canaan in the Bronze Age
      Minoans, Mycenaeans, and the Collapse of the Bronze Age
     
mathisen:   107–121

9   Thu Oct 2
      Iron Age Canaan: Phoenicians, Philistines, and Hebrews
     
mathisen:   121–134

10   Tue Oct 7
      Empire of the Sword: The Assyrians
     
mathisen:   136–149

11   Thu Oct 9
      The Model Empire: The Persians
     
mathisen:   149–162

12   Tue Oct 14
      The Homeric Society: The Greek Dark Age
     
mathisen:   167–179
      clouds:   Introduction

13   Thu Oct 16
      Polis, Hoplites, and Colonies: The Greek Archaic Age
     
mathisen:   179–193
      clouds:   Section 1

14   Tue Oct 21
      Midterm Exam

15   Thu Oct 23
      Two Extremes: Sparta and Athens
     
mathisen:   196–209
      clouds:   Section 2

16   Tue Oct 28
      The Greeks and Persia
      The Golden Age of Athens
     
mathisen:   210–222
      clouds:   Section 3

17   Thu Oct 30
      War Between the Greeks
     
mathisen:   223-234
      clouds:   Section 4

18   Tue Nov 4
      The Rise of Macedon and the Age of Alexander
     
mathisen:   237–253
      clouds:   Section 5

19   Thu Nov 6
      The Hellenistic World
     
mathisen:   268–280
      clouds:   Section 6

20   Tue Nov 11
      Asia Beyond the Mediterranean
     
mathisen:   282–295

21   Thu Nov 13
      The Civilizations of Northern Africa
     
mathisen:   295–309

22   Tue Nov 18
      ☛ Essay #2 Due (On The Clouds)
     
Italy and the Early Romans
     
mathisen:   310–311, 325–334

23   Thu Nov 20
      The Roman Republic
     
mathisen:   334–347

24   Tue Nov 25
      Roman Warfare and Expansionism
      The Acquisition of Empire
     
mathisen:   347–359

   Thu Nov 27 — No class

25   Tue Dec 2
      The Roman Revolution
     
mathisen:   361–378

26   Thu Dec 4
      Triumvirates and Principate
     
mathisen:   378–391

27   Tue Dec 9
      The Age of Augustus
     
mathisen:   393–407

28   Thu Dec 11
      ☛ Essay #3 Due (On Representations & Images)
     
The First Century of the Roman Principate
     
mathisen:   407–421

   Thu Dec 18
      Final Exam (8:30–10:30 a.m.)

Important dates

Thu Aug 28Classes begin
Wed Sep 3Last day to drop
Tue Sep 23Friday classes meet
Thu Sep 25No classes
Thu Nov 6Deadline to withdraw with a W
Thu Nov 27No classes — Thanksgiving

Tablets in The Epic of Gilgamesh

Page numbers refer to the Andrew George (Penguin) edition. Only the starred tablets are assigned for meetings.

1. The Coming of Enkidu* pages 1-11 Read for 9/2
2. The Taming of Enkidu* 12-22 Read for 9/4
3. Preparations for the Expedition 22-29
4. The Journey to the Forest of Cedar 30-39
5. The Combat with Humbaba* 39-47 Read for 9/9
6. Ishtar and the Bull of Heaven* 47-54 Read for 9/11
7. The Death of Enkidu* 54-62 Read for 9/16
8. The Funeral of Enkidu 62-69
9. The Wanderings of Gilgamesh 70-75
10. At the Edge of the World 75-87
11. Immortality Denied* 88-99 Read for 9/18

   Sections in The Clouds

   Page numbers refer to the Meineck edition. Any good edition will have line numbers; see me if yours doesn't.

1. Strepsiades's Problem lines 1-132 pages 3-11 Read for 10/16

2. The Thinkery lines 133-365 pages 11-28 Read for 10/21

3. Gods and Memory lines 366-518 pages 28-36 Read for 10/23

Clouds' Response 1 518-626 37-42 "

4. Hen and Cock lines 627-888 pages 42-61 Read for 10/28

5. The Debate lines 889-1114 pages 61-75 Read for 10/30

Clouds' Response 2 1115-1130 75
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Old and New Day 1131-1213 76-80 "

6. The Creditor lines 1214-1320 pages 81-88 Read for 11/4
New Morality 1321-1492 88-98
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The Purge 1493-1510 98-100 "