LLT 325 Greek Civilization Fall 2004 Dr. Edwin Carawan Craig 390A http://courses.missouristate.edu/edc113f
office hours: 2 M-F email@example.com phone 836 - 4831
Objectives: This course is an introduction to the Classical Greek World with particular emphasis on the rise and fall of Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the cradle of tragedy and comedy, and the showcase for advances in art and architecture. Drawing upon primary sources, we will try to establish a basic understanding of the culture that gave rise to these developments. We focus upon 'The New World Order' that emerged after the Persian Wars; and 'The Invention of Athens' as a national identity.
Requirements: the course grade consists of 2 Quizzes (15pts. each), 2 Essays (20 pts. each) and a Final Exam (30 pts). The quizzes and the Final include short-answer, brief identification, and discussion questions.
The Essays should present a coherent argument (thesis, evidence and conclusion), based upon the readings and class discussions. The assigned readings should be completed for the scheduled date, so that you can make an informed contribution. Class participation will be essential and may be valued as much as a letter-grade.
Any academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions proportional to the offense: no credit for Quiz; F for the course for plagiarism on Essays; XF on Final. See Student Academic Integrity. To make-up missed work or to make special arrangements to take or turn in required work at another time you should have a documented necessity.
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Herodotus. On the War for Greek Freedom, Shirley transl. (2003)Sophocles, Tragedies vol. 2 (Ajax etc.)
Grene & Lattimore eds.
Aristophanes Lysistrata and other Plays, Sommerstein transl.
Readings from Thucydides and Xenophon online (also at CopyThis) Further materials will be provided in handout and online. Additional resources can be found at http://www.perseus.tufts.edu
Schedule Aug. 24 . . . Introduction: a scene from Odyssey 2 Unit I. The Persian Wars and the Rise of Athens Aug. 26 . . . Background: birth of the polis.
Reading: Herodotus intro. pp. vii-xviii, and 1-17 Herodotus 1.1-71 -- 'Croesus and Cyrus' Aug. 31- Sept. 2 ... Cyrus and Egypt
Persian conquest of Asia: pp. 17-50 ( 1.72-216)
Fall of Cambyses, Rise of Darius: pp.51-89 (excerpts, books 2-5)
Sept. 7 ... From Miletus to Marathon: pp. 90-118 (excerpts, books 5- 6) Sept. 9-14 ... Spartans at Thermopylae; Themistocles at Salamis. pp. 119-181(books 7-8, excerpts) Sept. 16 . . . guide to Quiz 1. [Practice Quiz] Sept. 21 ... Quiz 1 Unit II. The New World Order Sept. 23 . . . History and Tragedy: Art Overview: Temple of Aphaia: West Pediment; East Pediment Delian League to Athenian Empire; Outline, Chronology 479-31 Aeschylus Persians 759-842 (handout and online) Sept. 28- 30 . . . Sophocles' Ajax a fragment of choral lyric Oct. 5 . . . Sophocles' Trachiniae ('Women of Trachis') Oct. 12 . . . Trachiniae and Ajax (Discussion) Sophists and speechwriters: Anaxagoras (precursor of the Atomists) and Antiphon (Murder by Poisoning) Oct. 19 . . . Essay 1: End of the Heroic Ethos Intro, Art of the Empire: Tour of the Parthenon; Architectural Terms
Unit III. The Invention of Athens Oct.14-26 ... Readings from Thucydides, 1-10 Oct. 14 ...Study questions on Thuc. 1 & 2.  'Thucydides on the early History of Hellas'  Athens Builds an Empire Oct. 19 ... Study questions on Thuc. 3-5  Congress at Lacedaemon  Pericles' Funeral Speech  The Debate over Mitylene Oct. 21 ... Study questions on Thuc. 6-7  Civil War on Corcyra  Melian Dialogue Oct. 26 ... Study questions on Thuc. 8-10  Debate on Sicily  Alcibiades in Sparta  Disaster in Sicily Oct. 28 ... Sophocles' Electra Nov. 2 . . . Review and discussion for Quiz 2 (link below) Acropolis made plain.....Later Acropolis Buildings Nov. 4. . . . Quiz 2 Gorgias' Helen (Sophists and Social Order) Nov.9-16 ... Aristophanes' Acharnians & Lysistrata Chronology 411-322
Nov. 18 ... Fall of Athens: Readings 11-12.Study Guide Nov. 23 . . . Sophocles' Philoctetes Nov. 30 ... Art at the End of Empire The Restoration of Democracy Dec. 2 .... Essay 2: Deciding Identity Unit. IV. Individual and Polis Dec. 2 . . . Aristophanes Clouds Dec. 7. . . Plato, Apology of Socrates (online or any standard transl.) Dec. 9 . . . Review and Discussion Art after Empire (cont.) Dec. 16 (Thur.) 11 am . . . Final Exam