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Schedule

Origins

1 MON Aug 27
Introduction and Evidence

2 WED Aug 29
Civilization
Introduction to The Epic of Gilgamesh
NAGLE:  pages 1–6
GILGAMESH:  Introduction (George xiii–xvi; xxxi–xxxii) (optional: xxxii–li; xvi–xxx)

The Bronze Age

3 WED Sep 5
Sumer and Akkad: The City-State
NAGLE:  pages 6–16
GILGAMESH:  Tablet 1

4 MON Sep 10
Egypt: The King as God
NAGLE:  pages 16–24; 32–40
GILGAMESH:  Tablet 2

5 WED Sep 12
The Indo-Europeans: Wheel, Horse, and Word
Themes in The Epic of Gilgamesh
NAGLE:  pages 30–32
GILGAMESH:  Tablet 5

6 WED Sep 19
Minoans and Mycenaeans: Global Economy
NAGLE:  pages 67–76
GILGAMESH:  Tablet 6

The Iron Age

7 MON Sep 24
Canaan: Seagoing Trade
NAGLE:  pages 41–47
GILGAMESH:  Tablet 7

8 MON Oct 1
Babylon: Cultural Radiance
NAGLE:  pages 26-30; 47-51
GILGAMESH:  Tablet 11

9 WED Oct 3
The Hebrews: A National God
NAGLE:  pages 51–52; 58–66

10 WED Oct 10
The Persians: The Secrets of Empire
NAGLE:  pages 52–58

11 MON Oct 15
Early Greeks and Italians: Origin Stories
Essay 1 (on The Epic of Gilgamesh) Due
NAGLE:  pages 76–78; 194–203

12 WED Oct 17
The Archaic Age: Nobles and Commoners
NAGLE:  pages 78–83; 93–103

13 MON Oct 22
MIDTERM EXAM

The Greeks

14 WED Oct 24
Sparta and Athens: The Greek Idea
Introduction to The Clouds
NAGLE:  pages 83–93
THE CLOUDS:  Introduction (Meineck pages vii–xlii)

15 MON Oct 29
The Persian Wars: Fighting for Hellas
The Classical Age: Civic Harmony
NAGLE:  pages 103–108; 120–131
THE CLOUDS:  Section 1 (Meineck pages 3–11)

16 WED Oct 31
Athenian Society: Empowerment of the Citizen
NAGLE:  pages 138–155
THE CLOUDS:  Section 2 (Meineck pages 11–28)

17 MON Nov 5
Late Classical Culture: Power and People
Themes in The Clouds
NAGLE:  pages 131–138
THE CLOUDS:  Section 3 (Meineck pages 28–42)

18 WED Nov 7
War Among the Greeks: Empire and Hegemony
NAGLE:  pages 108–119
THE CLOUDS:  Section 4 (Meineck pages 42–61)

19 MON Nov 12
The Rise of Macedon: Philip and Alexander
NAGLE:  pages 157–167
THE CLOUDS:  Section 5 (Meineck pages 61–80)

20 WED Nov 14
Hellenistic Society: Cultural and Religious Synthesis
NAGLE:  pages 167–180
THE CLOUDS:  Section 6 (Meineck pages 81–100)

The Romans

21 MON Nov 19
The Early Republic: Patricians and Plebeians
NAGLE:  pages 203–210

22 WED Nov 21
The Acquisition of Empire
NAGLE:  pages 211–226

23 MON Nov 26
Republican Society: Dignity, Honor, and Order
Essay 2 (on The Clouds) Due
NAGLE:  pages 226–240

24 WED Nov 28
The Transformation of Roman Society
NAGLE:  pages 241–253

25 MON Dec 3
Roman Revolution: Violence for the People
NAGLE:  pages 253–266

26 WED Dec 5
The Evolution of the Principate
NAGLE:  pages 268–281

27 MON Dec 10
The Nature of Empire: At Home and in the Field
NAGLE:  pages 282–302

28 WED Dec 12
The Crisis of Empire
NAGLE:  pages 302–315

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Mon. Sep. 3 No classes (Labor Day)
  • Fri. Sep. 14 Last day to drop
  • Mon. Sep. 17 No classes (Rosh Hashana)
  • Wed. Sep. 26 No classes (Yom Kippur)
  • Mon. Oct. 8 No classes (Columbus Day)
  • Wed. Oct. 10 Monday classes meet
  • Fri. Nov. 9 Last day to withdraw
  • TBA Final Examination (11 a.m.–1 p.m.)

TABLETS IN THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH

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

1. The Coming of Enkidu* pages 1–11
2. The Taming of Enkidu* 12–22
3. Preparations for the Expedition 22–29
4. The Journey to the Forest of Cedar 30–39
5. The Combat with Humbaba* 39–47
6. Ishtar and the Bull of Heaven* 47–54
7. The Death of Enkidu* 54–62
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

SECTIONS IN THE CLOUDS

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

1. Strepsiades’s Problem    lines 1–132 pages 3–11

2. The Thinkery lines 133–365 pages 11–28

3. Gods and Memory lines 366–518 pages 28–36
Clouds’ Response 1   518–626   37–42

4. Hen and Cock lines 627–888 pages 42–61

5. The Debate lines 889–1114 pages 61–75
Clouds’ Response 2   1115–1130   75
Old and New Day   1131–1213   76–80

6. The Creditor lines 1214–1320 pages 81–88
New Morality   1321–1492   88–98
The Purge   1493–1510   98–100

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