King Menkaure (also known as Mycerinus) and his Queen (probably Kha-merer- nebty II). From Giza, Menkaure Temple; Dynasty 4, 2548-2530 B.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
A chronological interdisciplinary survey designed to strengthen the studentís fundamental grasp of human values through the study of humanityís ideas, discoveries, and creative achievements. Areas of consideration will include art, literature, and philosophy. This course begins with the pre-history of human beings and continues through the medieval period. No prerequisite.
This course has two main objectives. The first is to introduce the student to the humanities through an in-depth examination of the influence of the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions on the modern West. The second is to improve the studentís ability to think critically, write clearly, and speak persuasively. Critical thinking about the past is essential to understanding the present.
By the end of the course, each student will demonstrate progress in the following course objectives:
usual method of teaching will be through lectures and class discussions. Visual
and audio resources will be used to supplement lectures. In addition to
attending class, reading the required readings, and participating in class
discussions, students are required to complete two exams, one film analysis
paper, and five other writing assignments.
The two exams are designed
to measure studentsí knowledge of specific cultures and their mastery of
certain periods of time.
Students will complete one
analysis paper, which will review a significant film. This paper will
require the student to analyze a modern humanities topic of personal interest.
The paper will be typed, double-spaced, with 1Ē margins. It should be 4
pages long. This is not meant to be a summary; it should critically analyze the
work in question. Late work will be penalized 50% per day. All essays are due at
the beginning of the class period. Further instructions will be provided in
students will submit five other writing assignments of various lengths. These
will include: three source reports (SRs), 2 pages long, designed to demonstrate the
studentís capacity to analyze primary source materials; and two in-class
writing assignments, each one 1-2 pages long. Further information on these
writing assignments and their due dates will be discussed in class.
STANDARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT
All student work will be judged according to the following academic criteria:
Every studentís final grade will be earned via the following:
Exams 30 % (each exam=15%)
Film Analysis Paper 15%
Other Writing Assignments 25 % (each=5%)
Class Participation 30 %
Links- Source Report Materials
http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/apology.html I double-checked this one and it seems to work fine (at least for me), and it has the whole play. It should say "The End" at the bottom- if it does not say that, try clicking "Refresh" or clicking on the link again.
http://eawc.evansville.edu/anthology/apology.htm Here's another one to try, just in case.
Antigone This one is missing the last 100 lines or so, which is bad. You may miss much of the point if you don't get those last lines, so you need to get those too.
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/4979/antigone.html This one has the whole play, but it may be a bit more difficult to read. Either way, make sure you read the whole thing.
Aristophanes' Clouds The Clouds
The Book of Job http://www.hope.edu/academic/religion/bandstra/BIBLE/JOB/JOB1.HTM
The Gospel of Mark http://www.hope.edu/academic/religion/bandstra/BIBLE/MAR/MAR1.HTM
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales http://www.litrix.com/canterby/cante001.htm
To access a lecture on-line, click on one of the links below. These lectures differ slightly from what we view in class (I have made some changes since these were placed online), but they are roughly equivalent. They cover much of the same material and will serve for review and study purposes. Let me know if you have any questions about the material presented here.
June 5 INTRODUCTION
Introduction to the Course
Lecture #1 OL
THE DAWN OF CULTURE
Ch. 1: Prehistory and Near Eastern Civ.
Lecture #2 OL
Lecture #3 OL
Lecture #4 OL
Lecture #5 OL
Discuss Readings: Hammurabi, Gilgamesh, Dialogue
(p. 1-11, 17-9)
THE RISE OF GREECE
Ch. 2: Aegean Civilization
Lecture #6 OL Lecture #7 OL
Discuss Readings: Homer, Sappho (p. 28-43)
Ch. 3: Classical Greek Civilization
#8 OL (Classical Greece)
Discuss Readings: Sophocles (p. 46-65)
Readings: Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle (p. 65-83)
June 12 THE
Greek Source Report Due (2 pages-
Antigone or Apology)
Discuss Source Reports
Ch. 4: Classical Greek Civilization
Discuss Readings: Epicurus (p. 90-2)
June 13 THE
Ch. 5: Roman Civilization
Lecture #9 OL (Rome)
Vergil, Horace, Ovid (p. 97-112)
Ch. 6: Judaism and the Rise of Christianity (read p. 479-505)
Lecture # 10 OL (Judaism)
Selections from the Hebrew Bible (p. 118-130)
THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY
Lecture #11 OL (Early Christianity)
Selections from the New Testament, Tertullian (p. 131-9)
June 19 MOVIE DAY
Bible Source Report Due (2 pages-
Job or Mark)
Discuss Source Reports
Film: The Last Temptation of Christ
prove useful: http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9602/iannone.html
June 20 THE
DECLINE AND FALL...
Finish Film and Discuss
Ch. 7: Late Roman Civilization
Discuss Readings: Augustine (p. 140-5)
AFTER THE FALL
Ch. 8: The Successors of Rome
Discuss Readings: Koran, Beowulf
(p. 150-3, 165-7)
THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES
Film Analysis Paper Due (4 pages)
Ch. 9: The High Middle Ages
Discuss Readings: Chretien, Aquinas, Dante (p. p. 174-9, 186-95)
THE LATE MIDDLE AGES
Ch. 10: The
Late Middle Ages
Discuss Readings: Petrarch, Boccaccio, Christine (p. 200-7, 219-24)
June 26 THE CANTERBURY
Third Source Report Due (2 pages-
One Canterbury Tale)
Discuss Readings: Chaucer (p. 208-19)
June 27 CONCLUSION
This schedule is subject to change as needed.
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