LLT 325 Greek Civilization Fall 2011
Dr. Edwin Carawan http://courses.missouristate.edu/ECarawan
office hours: 10:30 MWF; 12:30 TTh, Siceluff 115
ECarawan@missouristate.edu ph. 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. See also Policy Statement regarding Essays and electronic submissions.
Special considerations: We strongly support University policies to accommodate students with disabilities and to prevent or remedy discrimination of any kind. If you have a concern or special need, please advise the instructor. In regard to disabilities, you may also contact Disability Services (836-4192) http://www.missouristate.edu/disability; regarding discrimination, the Equal Opportunity Officer (836-4252) or go to http://www.missouristate.edu/human/eoaa.htm.
Texts: Herodotus. On the War for Greek Freedom, Shirley transl. (2003); also online at sacred-texts.
Sophocles, Four Tragedies (Ajax etc.), Meineck & Woodruff trans.
Aristophanes I Clouds, Wasps, Birds, Meineck transl.
Readings from Thucydides and Xenophon (linked to this
Further materials will be provided in handout and online.
Additional resources can be found at http://www.perseus.tufts.edu
Aug. 25 . . . Background: birth of the polis.
Aug. 30 ... Cyrus and the Conquest of Asia
pp. 17-50 ( 1.72-216) Custom and the Egyptians
Sept. 1 ... Fall of Cambyses, Rise of Darius: pp.51-89 (books 2-5)
A tale of 3 cities: evolving government much simplified
Spartans at Thermopylae. Book 7, pp. 119-51 Sept. 8 ... Salamis and Plataea, Bks. 8-9, pp. 151-82.
Sept. 15 ... Quiz 1
Unit II. The New World Order
Outline, Chronology 479-31
fragment of song: from a classical chorus on Ajax (?)
Sept. 27 . . . Sophocles' Trachiniae ('Women of Trachis')
Sept. 29 . . . Trachiniae and Ajax (Discussion).
Prepare for in-class exercise on key themes,comparing
one character from each play, 2 defining passages for each character.
Oct. 4 ...Preview your Essay:
Brief thesis statement and Outline,
listing key passages; send your outline as e-mail attachment
Myron's Diskobolos (model of rhythmos)
Oct. 11 . . . Essay 1: End of the Heroic Ethos
Submit your Essay as e-mail attachment
Unit III. The Invention of Athens Oct. 6-20 ... Readings from Thucydides, 1-10 Chronology
Oct. 6 ...Study questions on Thuc. 1 & 2.
Oct. 11... (essay due) Study questions on Thuc. 3-5
Oct. 18 ... Study questions on Thuc. 6-7
Oct. 20 ... Study questions on Thuc. 8-10
Oct. 25 ... Sophocles' Electra
Nov. 1 . . . Review and discussion for Quiz 2 (link below)
Nov. 3. . . . Quiz 2
Nov. 17 . . . Sophocles' Philoctetes
Nov. 29 … Essay 2: Deciding Identity
or Quiz 3
Epilogue: Individual and Polis
Dec. 1 . . . Aristophanes Clouds
Dec. 8 . . . Review and Discussion: Final Guide
Dec. 15 (Thur.) 11 am . . . Final Exam