Classics 001. The Ancient Near East and Early Greece: 3000-500 B.C.E. (4 units)

classicsClassics 001.  The Ancient Near East and Early Greece: 3000-500 B.C.E. (4 units)
Tim Brelinski

Lecture:
MWF 12:10-1:00P
179 Chemistry Building

Course Description: This course introduces students to the literature, history, and political institutions of Greece and the ancient Near East from 3000-500 B.C.E. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed. We will read and discuss original texts, including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Law Code of Hammurabi, selections from the Iliad and Odyssey, and some additional early Greek poetry and philosophy. There will also be slides illustrating the art, architecture, and physical world of the ancient Near East and early Greece.

Requirements: Two exams, weekly quizzes, several short papers, and participation in a discussion section (with some writing).

Discussion Sections:

SECTION INSTRUCTOR DAY/TIME ROOM CRN
 001  TBA  F 1:10-2:00P  129 Wellman Hall  91215
 002  TBA  F 2:10-3:00P  129 Wellman Hall  91216
 003  TBA  F 1:10-2:00P  1120 Hart Hall  91217
 004  TBA  F 2:10-3:00P  1116 Hart Hall  91218
 005  TBA  F 1:10-2:00P  105 Wellman Hall  91219
 006  TBA  F 2:10-3:00P  105 Wellman Hall  91220

 

Prerequisite: None.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • Anonymous, Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others, translated by Stephanie Dalley  (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Anonymous, The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George  (Penguin Classics, 2003)
  • Homer, The Odyssey [Deluxe Edition], translated by Robert Fagles  (Penguin Classics, 1997)
  • Homer, The Iliad [Deluxe Edition], translated by Robert Fagles  (Penguin Classics, 1998)
  • Hesiod, Works and Days and Theogony  (Hackett Publishing Company, 1993)

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