Sports in Antiquity:  CL 209, Summer II 1998

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:00 - 11:30, CAS B20
Ms. Anne Mahoney
Office:  STH 402, 353-4578;  office hours Monday 12:30-3:00 and by appointment.  I am frequently in the office at other times as well.
Email:  mahoa@bu.edu
 

Required texts:
1.  Athletics of the Ancient World:  E. Norman Gardiner ($30)
2.  Arete:  Greek Sports from Ancient Sources:  Stephen G. Miller ($20)
Both of these are available at the BU Bookstore and are on reserve in Mugar Memorial Library.
There will be handouts covering Roman sources.
 

Goals for the semester:
We will examine the place of athletics and athletic competition in Greek and Roman society, mostly Greek.  This will illuminate some of the differences between these two societies, and will lead to consideration of the role of sport in any society.
 

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 1500-2000 words (6-10 standard typed pages).  You will have reading assignments from the textbooks or handouts for each class.

The grades will be computed as follows:
 
 

hour exams (2) 20% each 40%
final exam 25%
term paper 20%
participation 15%
total 100%

Schedule:
The two hour exams will be
 
Thursday 9 July
and Thursday 23 July

Hour exams will be given in the first hour of class, from 9:00 to 10:00, and there will be a shortened class meeting afterwards, from about 10:15 to 11:30.
The final exam will be in the last scheduled class, Thursday 6 August, and will be two hours long (9:00 to 11:00).
Make-up exams will be given in exceptional circumstances, if you make arrangements at least 24 hours before the scheduled time of the exam.

The term paper is due in class on Thursday 30 July.  Late papers will not be accepted.

Reading assignments by class:
1.  Tues 30 June:  Introduction:  chronological and geographic overview.
2.  Thurs 2 July:  Crete, Mycenae, and Homer.

Gardiner ch. 1, 2, 3
Miller ch. I
3.  Mon 6 July:  The Olympic games:  historical overview;  competitors;  equestrian events
 Gardiner ch. 4, 17.
 Miller ch. III f, IV
4.  Tues 7 July:  Olympic events:  running, fighting, pentathlon, boys’ competition.
 Gardiner ch. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (read quickly;  focus on the ancient sources)
 Miller ch. III a, b, c, d, e
5.  Thurs 9 July:  Exam, first hour.  Then:  The fame of the victor
Miller ch. VIII
6.  Mon 13 July:  The other major games:  Pythian, Nemean, Isthmian.  Local games.
 Miller ch. III g, h, i, j
7.  Tues 14 July:  The Panathenaia
 Miller ch. V
8.  Thurs 16 July:  Grounds and facilities;  equipment;  training.
 Miller ch. II
9.  Mon 20 July:  Nudity in Greek sport.  Women in Greek sport.
 Miller ch. VII
10.  Tues 21 July:  Athletics in Greek education and culture.
 Gardiner ch. 6, 7
 Miller ch. X, XIII
11.  Thurs 23 July:  Exam, first hour.  Then:  Athletics in Greek art and literature
 Gardiner ch. 5
12.  Mon 27 July:  Hellenistic Greece.  The Etruscans.
 Gardiner ch. 8
 Miller ch. XI, XII
13.  Tues 29 July:  Rome:  occasions for festivals and competitions.
14.  Thurs 30 July:  Papers due.  Rome:  gladiators and animal fights.
15.  Mon 3 August:  Rome:  chariots.  Grounds and facilities.
16.  Tues 4 August:  The modern Olympic movement.  Wrap-up and review.
 Miller ch. XV
17.  Thurs 6 August:  Final exam.

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’s 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.
 

Additional resources:
1.  Books
All of the following books are on reserve in Mugar library except those marked "reference," which are in Mugar’s reference section on the first floor.  Copies of the required textbooks are also on reserve, call numbers GV21.F30 (Gardiner) and GV21.A73 1991 (Miller).

Finley, M. I.,  and H. W. Pleket.  The Olympic Games:  the First Thousand Years.  GV23.F56
Grant, M. (1995) Atlas of Classical History.  G1033.G65 1994, reference
Harris, H. A. (1966) Greek Athletes and Athletics.  GV21.F64
–––––––––––––––.  (1972) Sport in Greece and Rome.  GV573.H3
Kyle, D. G.  (1993)  Athletics in Ancient Athens.  GV21.K95 1993
Neils, J.  (1992)  Goddess and Polis:  the Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens. DF123.N45 1992
–––––––––––––––.  (1996)  Worshipping Athena: Panathenaia and Parthenon. DF123.W67 1996
Nisetich, F. J.  (1980)  Pindar’s Victory Songs.  PA4275.E5 N57
Oxford Classical Dictionary, third edition (1997). DE5.O9 1996, reference
Ruck, C. A. P., and W. H. Matheson.  (1968)  Pindar:  Selected Odes.  PA4275.E5 F68
Scanlon, T. F.  (1984)  Greek and Roman Athletics:  a Bibliography.  Z6121.S33 1984, reference
Wiedemann, T.  (1992) Emperors and Gladiators.  GV35.W54 1992
Wistrand, M.  (1992)  Entertainment and Violence in Ancient Rome.  GV31.W57 1992
Young, D. C.  (1985) The Olympic Myth of Greek Amateur Athletics.  GV23.Y7 1984

There are two more sourcebooks analogous to Miller’s Arete, also on reserve:
Robinson, R. S. (1955, repr. 1981)  Sources for the History of Greek Athletics. GV21.R6 1981
Sweet, W. E.  (1987) Sport and Recreation in Ancient Greece.  GV21.S94 1987
 

2.  On-line information
The Perseus Project:  an evolving digital library of classical texts and images.
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu

Argos:  search engine for sites on antiquity
http://argos.evansville.edu

The Atrium:  for devotees of ancient Greece and Rome
http://web.idirect.com/~atrium

Roman Sites:  a catalog of web sites on Roman antiquity
http://www.ukans.edu/history/index/europe/ancient_rome/E/Roman/RomanSites*/home.html

Voice of the Shuttle:  web page for humanities research
http://vos.ucsb.edu

Classical Association of New England home page
http://www.wellesley.edu/GreekandLatin/CANE/cane.html



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