LLT 325                       Greek Civilization                         Fall 2012

 

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. We draw on primary sources to establish a basic understanding of the culture that gave rise to these developments, in two sections: '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 2-3 Quizzes and 1-2 Essays (totaling 75%) and a Final Exam (25%). You have the option of Essay 2 or Quiz 3.

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 syllabus) 
Further materials will be provided in handout and online.

Additional resources can be found at http://www.perseus.tufts.edu

 

Aug. 21 . . .Introduction: a scene from Odyssey  2        Unit I.  The Persian Wars and the Rise of Athens         

 

Aug. 23 . . .  Background: birth of the polis. 

Scenes from the Bronze Age

Reading: Herodotus intro. pp. vii-xviii, and 1-17 Herodotus 1.1-71  -- 'Croesus and Cyrus'  Persian Empire (map)

Attica and Pisistratus           

 

Aug. 28 ... Cyrus and the Conquest of Asia

pp. 17-50 ( 1.72-216) Custom and the Egyptians

 

Aug. 30 ... Fall of Cambyses, Rise of Darius:  pp.51-89 (books 2-5)

 

Sept. 4 ... Miletus to Marathon:   pp. 90-118 (books 5- 6)        Battle at Lade

A tale of 3 cities: evolving government much simplified

Map of the Aegean

 Spartans at Thermopylae. Book 7, pp. 119-51    

Sept. 6 ... Salamis and Plataea,  Bks. 8-9, pp. 151-82.

Artemisia speaks

 

Sept. 11 . . .      Quiz 1 guide    -- Practice Quiz--

               In-class exercise in drawing national character

 

Sept. 13 ... Quiz 1           

 

 Unit II.  The New World Order        

 

Sept.  18  . . .  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                                        Sept. 20  . . .  Sophocles' Ajax               

fragment of song: from a classical chorus on Ajax (?) 

Sept. 25  . . Sophocles' Trachiniae  ('Women of Trachis')  

Sept. 27 . . 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. 2 ...Preview your Essay:

Brief thesis statement and Outline,

 listing key passages; send your outline as e-mail attachment

Sophists and speechwritersAnaxagoras (precursor of the Atomists)  and Antiphon  (Murder by Poisoning),  Intro, Art of the Empire: Tour of the ParthenonArchitectural Terms

Myron's Diskobolos (model of rhythmos)

 

Oct. 9  . . .   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. 4 ...Study questions on Thuc. 1 & 2.          

[1] 'Thucydides on the early History of Hellas'

[2] Athens Builds an Empire

 

Oct. 9...  (essay due)  Study questions  on  Thuc. 3-5     

[3] Congress at Lacedaemon                              

[4] Pericles' Funeral Speech                

[5] The Debate over Mitylene

 

Oct. 11 ... Study questions on Thuc. 6-7                           

[6] Civil War on Corcyra                     [7] Melian Dialogue              

 

Oct. 16 ...  Study questions on Thuc. 8-10                        

[8] Debate on Sicily  Map                   

[9] Alcibiades in Sparta        [10Disaster in Sicily  Map

 

Oct. 23  ...              Sophocles'  Electra

Oct. 25 ...Acropolis made plain.....Later Acropolis Buildings

Gorgias' Helen  ....Protagoras and Gorgias on Reality

 

Oct. 30 . . .  Review and discussion for Quiz 2 (link below)

Nov. 1. . . .   Quiz 2                                             

 

Nov. 6 ...  Aristophanes Wasps: comedy and social commentary snapshot from Acharnians: Megarian comes to market

                

Nov. 8-13 ......     Birds  and  Lysistrata [full text] Agon & End                   Chronology 411-322   Attica (map)

 Nov. 15 . . . Sophocles' Philoctetes

 

Nov. 20 Fall of Athens: Readings 11-12 Study Guide

 The Restoration of Democracy      Art at the End of Empire    

 

Nov. 27 Essay 2: Deciding Identity       

                   or Quiz 3

 

            Epilogue:  Individual and Polis 

Nov. 29 . . . Aristophanes Clouds  

Dec. 4 . . . Plato, Apology of Socrates ... (Text online)

Dec. 6   . . . Review and DiscussionFinal Guide

Art after Empire (cont.One last democratic reform. 

 

Dec. 13 (Thur.) 11 am   . . .  Final Exam