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Schedule

Origins

1 Mon Jan 28 Introduction and Evidence
2 Wed Jan 30 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 Mon Feb 4 Sumer and Akkad: The City-State
NAGLE: pages 6–16
GILGAMESH: Tablet 1
4 Wed Feb 6 Egypt: The King as God
NAGLE: pages 16–24; 32–40
GILGAMESH: Tablet 2
5 Mon Feb 11 The Indo-Europeans: Wheel, Horse, and Word
Themes in The Epic of Gilgamesh
NAGLE: pages 30–32
GILGAMESH: Tablet 5
6 Wed Feb 13 Minoans and Mycenaeans: Global Economy
NAGLE: pages 67–76
GILGAMESH: Tablet 6
  Mon Feb 18 No classes — President’s Day

The Iron Age

7 Wed Feb 20 Canaan: Seagoing Trade
NAGLE: pages 41–47
GILGAMESH: Tablet 7
8 Mon Feb 25 Babylon: Cultural Radiance
NAGLE: pages 26-30; 47-51
GILGAMESH: Tablet 11
9 Wed Feb 27 The Hebrews: A National God
NAGLE: pages 51–52; 58–66
10 Mon Mar 4 The Persians: The Secrets of Empire
Essay 1 (on The Epic of Gilgamesh) Due
NAGLE: pages 52–58
11 Wed Mar 6 Early Greeks and Italians: Origin Stories
NAGLE: pages 76–78; 194–203
12 Mon Mar 11 MIDTERM EXAM

The Greeks

13 Wed Mar 13 The Greek Archaic Age: Nobles and Commoners
NAGLE: pages 78–83; 93–103
THE CLOUDS: Introduction (Meineck pages vii–xlii)
14 Mon Mar 18 Sparta and Athens: The Greek Idea
Introduction to The Clouds
NAGLE: pages 83–93
THE CLOUDS: Section 1 (Meineck pages 3–11)
15 Wed Mar 20 The Persian Wars: Fighting for Hellas
The Classical Age: Civic Harmony

NAGLE: pages 103–108; 120–131
THE CLOUDS: Section 2 (Meineck pages 11–28)
16 Wed Apr 3 Athenian Society: Empowerment of the Citizen
NAGLE: pages 138–155
THE CLOUDS: Section 3 (Meineck pages 28–42)
17 Mon Apr 8 Late Classical Culture: Power and People
Themes in The Clouds

NAGLE: pages 131–138
THE CLOUDS: Section 4 (Meineck pages 42–61)
18 Wed Apr 10 War Among the Greeks: Empire and Hegemony
NAGLE: pages 108–119
THE CLOUDS: Section 5 (Meineck pages 61–80)
19 Mon Apr 15 The Rise of Macedon: Philip and Alexander
NAGLE: pages 157–167
THE CLOUDS: Section 6 (Meineck pages 81–100)
20 Wed Apr 17 Hellenistic Society: Cultural and Religious Synthesis
NAGLE: pages 167–180

The Romans

21 Mon Apr 22 The Early Republic: Patricians and Plebeians
Essay 2 (on The Clouds) Due
NAGLE: pages 203–210
22 Wed Apr 24 The Acquisition of Empire
NAGLE: pages 211–226
23 Mon Apr 29 Republican Society: Dignity, Honor, and Order
NAGLE: pages 226–240
24 Wed May 1 The Transformation of Roman Society
NAGLE: pages 241–253
25 Mon May 6 Roman Revolution: Violence for the People
NAGLE: pages 253–266
26 Wed May 8 The Evolution of the Principate
NAGLE: pages 268–281
27 Mon May 13 The Nature of Empire: At Home and in the Field
NAGLE: pages 282–302
28 Wed May 15 The Crisis of Empire
Essay 3 (on Representations and Images) Due
NAGLE: pages 302–315

IMPORTANT DATES

Fri Feb 15 Last day to drop
Mon Feb 18 No classes
Wed Feb 20 Monday classes meet
Fri Apr 12 Deadline to withdraw
Mon Mar 4 Essay 1 (on The Epic of Gilgamesh) due
Mon Mar 11 Midterm Exam
Mon Apr 22 Essay 2 (on The Clouds) due
Wed May 15 Essay 3 (on Representations and Images) due

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 Read for 2/4
2. The Taming of Enkidu* 12–22 Read for 2/6
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 2/11
6. Ishtar and the Bull of Heaven* 47–54 Read for 2/13
7. The Death of Enkidu* 54–62 Read for 2/20
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 2/25

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 Read for 3/18
2. The Thinkery lines 133–365 pages 11–28 Read for 3/20
3. Gods and Memory lines 366–518 pages 28–36 Read for 4/3
Clouds’ Response 1 518–626 37–42
4. Hen and Cock lines 627–888 pages 42–61 Read for 4/8
5. The Debate lines 889–1114 pages 61–75 Read for 4/10
Clouds’ Response 2 1115–1130 75
Old and New Day 1131–1213 76–80
6. The Creditor lines 1214–1320 pages 81–88 Read for 4/15
New Morality 1321–1492 88–98
The Purge 1493–1510 98–100