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Reading assignments: To broaden our exposure to the Greek world, we’ll be supplementing the textbook with short excerpts from ancient writers. For each class meeting, all students must read before coming to class:

  • The assigned chapter from the textbook by Pomeroy et al.,
  • The Clouds when it comes up, and
  • At least one of the primary sources (i.e., one of the texts marked with a ).

1

WED

Aug 28

Introduction and Evidence

WED

Sep 4

No classes

2

WED

Sep 11

Neolithic and Bronze Age Greece
POMEROY: chapter 1

3

WED

Sep 18

The Greek “Dark Age”
POMEROY: chapter 2
HOMER: “Agamemnon’s Insult”
HOMER: “The Death of Patroclos”
HOMER: “Nausicaa and the Stranger”
HOMER: “Odysseus and the Suitors”

4

WED

Sep 25

Archaic Greece and the Polis
POMEROY: chapter 3
HESIOD: “The Beginnings of Things”
HESIOD: “On Labor"
HERODOTUS: “The Tyranny at Corinth"
HERODOTUS/STRABO: “The Founding of Cyrene"
VARIOUS WRITERS: “Accounts of Religious Beliefs"
VARIOUS: “Accounts of the Hellenic Games”

5

WED

Oct 2

Sparta and the Art of War
POMEROY: chapter 4
PLUTARCH: “The Great Rhetra of Sparta"
XENOPHON: “The Spartan Polity"
HERODOTOS: “The Spartan Way of Living"
ARISTOTLE: “On the Spartan Constitution”

6

WED

Oct 9

Early Athens; The Persian Threat
POMEROY: chapter 5
SOLON: “The Rule of Law"
HERODOTUS: “The Battle of Thermopylae"
AESCHYLUS: from The Persians
SAPPHO: Selected Poems

7

WED

Oct 16

Democracy and Hegemony
Introduction to The Clouds

Position Paper Proposal Due
POMEROY: chapter 6
ARISTOPHANES: The Clouds, editor’s intro and
   first part (e.g., through line 562)

8

WED

Oct 23

Fifth-Century Hellas
Themes in The Clouds

POMEROY: chapter 7 (first half)
ARISTOPHANES: The Clouds, rest of play

9

WED

Oct 30

Citizen, Metic, Helot, Slave
Essay #1 (on The Clouds) Due
POMEROY: chapter 7 (second half)
PSEUDO-XENOPHON: “On the Athenian Constitution"
EURIPIDES: from Medea
VARIOUS: “Documents on Greek Slavery"
ANTIPHON: “Arguments in an Accidental Homicide”

10

WED

Nov 6

The Peloponnesian War
POMEROY: chapter 8
THUCYDIDES: “Perikles’s Funeral Oration"
THUCYDIDES: “Civil War in Corcyra"
THUCYDIDES: “The Plague at Athens"
THUCYDIDES: “The Melian Dialog"
ANDOCIDES: “A Charge of Sacrilege”

11

WED

Nov 13

The Fourth Century Crisis
Essay #2 (on Representations & Images) Due
POMEROY: chapter 9
PLATO: “The Death of Socrates"
XENOPHON: “The Battle of Leuctra"
PLATO: “The Allegory of the Cave"
UNKNOWN: “Athenian Bankers”

12

WED

Nov 20

The Rise of Macedon
POMEROY: chapter 10
DEMOSTHENES: “The First Philippic"
ISOCRATES: “Address to Philip"
DEMOSTHENES: “The Last Stand"
PLUTARCH: “The Murder of Philip II”

WED

Nov 27

Friday classes meet
Position Paper Optional Draft Due (by email)

13

WED

Dec 4

Alexander
POMEROY: chapter 11
ARISTOTLE: “The Ideal State"
PLUTARCH: “On Alexander"
ARRIAN: “Speech of Alexander the Great”

14

WED

Dec 11

The Hellenistic World
Position Paper Due
POMEROY: chapter 12
ATHENAEUS: “The Procession of Ptolemy II"
POLYBIUS: “The Destruction of Corinth”

WED

Dec 18

Final Examination (6–8 p.m.)

IMPORTANT DATES

Wed Sep 4 No classes
Tue Sep 17 Last day to drop
Mon Oct 14 No classes
Fri Nov 8 Deadline to withdraw
Wed Nov 27 Friday classes meet
 
Wed Oct 30 Essay #1 (on The Clouds) Due
Wed Nov 13 Essay #2 (Representations & Images) Due
Wed Oct 16 Position Paper — Proposal Due
Wed Nov 27 Optional Draft Due
Wed Dec 11 Final Draft Due