The Glory of Greece:  CL 101, Summer II 1999

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30, STH 317
Ms. Anne Mahoney
Office:  STH 402, 353-4578;  office hours Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11:30 - 1:00 and by appointment.  I am frequently in the office at other times as well and can always be reached by email:

Reading Assignments by Class
Supplementary Bibliography
On-line Resources

Required resources:
Ancient Greece:  A Political, Social, and Cultural History, S. Pomeroy, S. Burstein, W. Donlan, J. Roberts ($28)
Iliad, Homer, translated by M. Reck ($20)
Theogony, Hesiod, translated by M. Caldwell ($10)
Oresteia, Aeschylus, translated by R. Fagles ($15)
Ajax, Sophocles, translated by H. Golder ($10)
Antigone, Sophocles, translated by M. Blundell ($10)
Bacchae, Euripides, translated by S. Esposito ($10)
Acharnians, Clouds, Lysistrata, Aristophanes, translated by J. Henderson ($10)
The Last Days of Socrates, Plato, translated by R. Tredennick ($10)
History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides, translated by R. Warner ($10)
All of the texts are available in the BU Bookstore, and translations of all primary sources are also in Mugar Memorial library;  see bibliography below.
Course web page,  See additional on-line resources below.
Class mailing list,  If your email address was known to the Registrar when you registered for this course, you are automatically subscribed to the list.  If not, subscribe by sending the text subscribe cl101b1-l to  You may request an email account from the Academic Computing Service if you do not already have one.

Goals for the semester:
"Always to be the best and be pre-eminent among the others":  this is the heroic code as stated by characters in Homer痴 Iliad.  What kind of society is built on such a code?  Is this ideal compatible with a participatory democracy, in which every citizen has a voice and a vote?  Is there a place for heroes in the world of the city?

We will survey the history, literature, and culture of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period, with particular emphasis on the development of Western concepts of heroism, individualism, virtue, and law;  on the literary genres of epic, tragedy, comedy, history, and philosophy;  and on the development of theories of government, especially democracy.  We will take Achilles, Ajax, and Socrates as primary examples of heroic individuals;  observation of how these figures are treated in Greek literature will give us some insight into the changing values of ancient Greek society.

Most of the readings are primary texts, in English translation.  Knowledge of Ancient Greek is not required, but students who have completed CL162 or equivalent may read selected texts in their original language.

Workload and grading:
There will be two in-class exams, one hour each, and a two-hour final.  Each exam will cover material since the last one.  You will write one paper of 1200-1500 words (5-7 standard typed pages).  You will have reading assignments for each class.

The grades will be computed as follows:

hour exams (20% each) 40%
final exam 25%
term paper 20%
participation 15%
total 100%

The two hour exams will be

Thursday 15 July
and Thursday 29 July

Hour exams will be given in the first hour of class, from 9:00 to 10:00, and class will then meet from 10:10 to 11:30.
The final exam will be in the last scheduled class, Thursday 12 August, and will be two  hours long (9:00 to 11:00).
Make-up exams will be given only in exceptional circumstances, and only if you make arrangements at least 24 hours before the scheduled time of the exam.

The term paper is due in class on Thursday 5 August.  Late papers will not be accepted.  An outline of the paper is due on Tuesday 27 July, including a preliminary bibliography if applicable.

General policies:
Attendance in class is strongly encouraged.  Remember that one session in Summer Term is roughly the equivalent of an entire week during the year.

You should complete the reading assigned for each class before that day痴 class.  You need not bring your textbooks to class;  you might find it helpful to bring your notes on the reading assignments.

I call your attention to University policy against plagiarism and other forms of cheating.  Please refer to the Student Handbook for details.

Please note that except in the most extraordinary circumstances, I will not give "incomplete" grades.  As you know, an Incomplete means that you did not complete the work of the course, and CAS policy states that the Incomplete becomes an F if the work is not completed within one calendar year.

No extra credit work is permitted, and grades in this course are not "curved."

Topics and reading assignments by class:
1.  Tuesday 6 July:  Introduction.  Historical overview.  The Greek alphabet.
2.  Thursday 8 July:  Minoan and Mycenean cultures.  The Dark Age.  Introduction to the Archaic period.  Read: Ancient Greece chapter 1-2.
3.  Monday 12 July:  Heroes and legends.  Read:  Homer, Iliad books 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 12;  read all of books 1-12 if you can.
4.  Tuesday 13 July:  Achilles and Hector.  Read:  Homer, Iliad books 16, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24;  read all of books 13-24 if you can.
5.  Thursday 15 July:  Exam, first hour.  Then:  Gods and myth.  Read:  Hesiod, Theogony.
6.  Monday 19 July:  Archaic lyric;  athletics and games.  Read:  Ancient Greece chapter 3, selections from Pindar, Sappho, and Archilochus.
7.  Tuesday 20 July:  Polis culture and the Classical period.  Read:  Ancient Greece chapter 4-5.
8.  Thursday 22 July:  Wars, politics, and the writing of history in the fifth century.  Read:  Thucydides, History books 1-2, Ancient Greece chapter 6-8.
            Thucydides sections by chapters in the Greek text:  1.1-22, 66-39, 118-135, 139-146;  2.1-9, 34-54, 59-65, 70-78.
            By chapters in Warner痴 translation:  1.1, 6-7, 9-11;  2.1, 4-6, 8.
9.  Monday 26 July:  Democracy.  Read:  Thucydides, History books 3-5.
            Thucydides sections by chapters in the Greek text:  3.1-85, 104, 116; 4.1-41, 58-88, 102-123;  5.1-26, 40-51, 84-116.
            By chapters in Warner痴 translation:  3.1-5, 8;  4.1-2, 4-6, 8-9;  5.1-start of 3, 4, 7.
10.  Tuesday 27 July:  Paper outlines due.  Athens and Sparta.  Read:  Thucydides, History books 6-8.
            Thucydides sections by chapters in the Greek text:  6.1-105 (all), 7.1-87 (all);  8.1, 45-88.
            By chapters in Warner痴 translation:  6.1-9 (all);  7.1-7 (all);  start of 8.1, 4-6
11.  Thursday 29 July:  Exam, first hour.  Then:  Tragedy and politics.  Read:  Aeschylus, Oresteia.
12.  Monday 2 August:  Tragedy and the individual.  Read:  Sophocles, Antigone and Ajax.
13.  Tuesday 3 August:  Tragedy and the gods.  Read:  Euripides, Bacchae.
14.  Thursday 5 August:  Papers due.  Comedy.  Read:  Aristophanes, Lysistrata
15.  Monday 9 August:  Socrates.  Read:  Plato, Apology, Aristophanes, Clouds, Ancient Greece chapter 9-10.
16.  Tuesday 10 August:  Hellenistic Greece.  The influence of Greece on Rome and on the Renaissance.  The classical tradition in the modern world.  Read:  Ancient Greece chapter 11-12.
17.  Thursday 12 August:  Final exam.

Selected bibliography:
All of these books are available in Mugar Memorial Library.  Those marked with an asterisk are on reserve or in the reference section;  the others are available for circulation.  If your browser can launch a telnet client, you can use this link to view the library catalog on line.

Course texts and alternate translations:
Pomeroy, S., S. Burstein, W. Donlan, J. Roberts. Ancient Greece:  A Political, Social, and Cultural History.  New York:  1999.   DF77.A595 1999
Homer, Iliad, translated by R. Lattimore.  Chicago:  1962. PA4025.A2.L35 1969M
末末末末末末, translated by R. Fitzgerald.  Garden City:  1974.   PA4025.A2.F5
末末末末末末, translated by R. Fagles.  New York:  1990.  PA4025.A2.F33 1990
Hesiod, Theogony, translated by H. G. Evelyn-White.  Cambridge:  1982.  PA3623.E65.H47 1982
末末末末末末, translated by M. L. West.  Oxford:  1988.  PA4010.E5.T5 1988
Pindar, Selected Odes, translated by C. A. P. Ruck and W. H. Matheson.  Ann Arbor:  1968.   PA4275.E5.F68
Pindar痴 Victory Songs, translated by F. Nisetich.  Baltimore:  1980.  PA4275.E5.N57
Grene, D., and R. Lattimore, eds.  The Complete Greek Tragedies.  Chicago:  1992.  PA3626.A2.G67 1992
Aeschylus, Oresteia, translated by R. Fagles.  New York:  1975.  PA3827.A7.F3
Sophocles, Ajax, translated by H. Golder.  New York:  1999.  PA4414.A5.G65 1999
Sophocles, Antigone, translated by D. Fitts and R. Fitzgerald.  New York:  1939.  PA4414.A7.F5
Sophocles, The Three Theban Plays, translated by R. Fagles.  New York:  1982.  PA4414.A2.F3 1982
Euripides, Bacchae, translated by G. S. Kirk.  Cambridge:  1979.  PA3975.B2.K5 1979
Aristophanes, Clouds, translated by W. Arrowsmith.   Ann Arbor:  1962.  PA3877.N8.F62
Aristophanes, Lysistrata, translated by D. Parker.  New York:  1970.  PA3877.L8 1970
Plato, The Last Days of Socrates, translated by R. Tredennick.  New York:  1969.  B358.T7 1969
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, translated by R. Warner.  London:  1962.  DF229.F54
Strassler, R. B.  The Landmark Thucydides.  New York:  1996.  DF229.T55.C7 1996

Other books:
Allen, W. S.  Vox Graeca:  A Guide to the Pronunciation of Classical Greek, 3rd edition.  Cambridge:  1987.  PA267.A4 1987
Beard, M., and J. Henderson.  Classics:  A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford:  1995.  PA3009.B4 1995
* Boardman, J., J. Griffin, O. Murray. The Oxford History of the Classical World.  Oxford:  1986.   DE59 .O94 1986
* Boardman, J.  The Oxford Illustrated History of Classical Art.  Oxford:  1993.  XN5610.O84 1993
* 末末末末末末.  Greek Art.  New York:  1996.  N5630.B58 1996
* Cambridge Ancient History.  Cambridge:  1970-.  XD57.C252, volumes on Greece
Csapo, E., and W. J. Slater.  The Context of Ancient Drama.  Ann Arbor:  1995.  PA3024.C75 1995
Dalby, A.  Siren Feasts:  A History of Food and Gastronomy in Greece.  London:  1996.  TX641.D34 1996
Dover, K. J.  The Greeks.  Austin:  1981.  DF77.D68M
末末末末末末.  Ancient Greek Literature.  Oxford:  1997.  PA3052.A5 1997
Finley, M. I.  The Ancient Economy, updated edition.  Berkeley:  1999.  HC31.F5 1999
Frost, F.  Greek Society.  Lexington:  1987.  DF214.F76 1987
Gardiner, E. N.  Athletics of the Ancient World.  Oxford:  1930.  GV21.F30
Golden, M.  Sport and Society in Ancient Greece.  Cambridge:  1998.   GV573.G65 1998
* Grant, M.  Atlas of the Classical World.  New York:  1994.  XG1033.G65 1994
Griffin, J.  Homer on Life and Death.  Oxford:  1980.  PA4037.G74
Hammond, N. G. L.  History of Greece to 322 BC.  Oxford:  1981.  DF214.H28 1981
Hanson, V. D., and J. Heath.  Who Killed Homer?  New York:  1998.   PA78.U6.H36 1998
Highet, G.  The Classical Tradition.  Oxford:  1949.  PN883.F49
* Hornblower, S., and A. Spawforth.  The Oxford Classical Dictionary.  Oxford:  1996.  XDE5.O9 1996
* Lord, A. B.  The Singer of Tales.  Cambridge:  1960.  PN1303.F601
MacDowell, D. M.  Aristophanes and Athens.  Oxford:  1995.   PA3879.M23 1995
Nagy, G.  The Best of the Achaeans.  Baltimore:  1979.   PA3015.H47 N34
* Pollitt, J. J.  Art and Experience in Ancient Greece.  Cambridge:  1972.  N5630.P54 1972
Reynolds, L. D., and N. G. Wilson.  Scribes and Scholars, 3rd edition.  Oxford:  1991.  PA47.R4 1991
Samons, L. J.  Athenian Democracy and Imperialism.  Boston:  1998.  JC75.D36.A84 1998
Scully, S.  Homer and the Sacred City.  Ithaca:  1990.  PA4037.S4215 1990
Steiner, G.  Antigones.  Oxford:  1984.  PA4413.A7.S76 1984
末末末末末末.  Homer in English.  London:  1996.  PA4025.A15.S74 1996
Sweet, W.  Sport and Recreation in Ancient Greece.  New York:   1987.  GV21.S94 1987
Thomson, G.  The Greek Language.  Cambridge:  1960.  PA258.F60
West, M. L.  Ancient Greek Music.  Oxford:  1992.  ML169.W5 1992
Whitman, C. H.  Sophocles:  A Study in Heroic Humanism.  Cambridge:  1951.   PA4417.W5
末末末末末末.  Homer and the Heroic Tradition.  Cambridge:  1958.  PA4037.F58, but may be lost
末末末末末末.  Aristophanes and the Comic Hero.  Cambridge:  1964.  PA25.F31 v. 19

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