HF200: CLASSICAL WORLD: HONORS

SCHEDULE
SCRIBNER LIBRARY
WEEK/DATE READING ASSIGNMENT DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
NEWSGROUP
1/JANUARY 28 Introduction: PREHISTORY OF THE FAMILY
Burguière, A. et. al., eds. A History of the Family, Vol. I: C. Masset, “Prehistory of the Family,” 71-91.
What characteristics of the family unit have remained consistent throughout time and why?
NEWSGROUP
2/FEBRUARY 4 DEFINING THE GREEK FAMILY 
Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, Introduction (1-16) and Chapter One, “Defining the Family,” 17-66.
What defines the Greek family? What roles do the oikos and polis play in defining the family dynamic in Ancient Greece? Who belongs in the family and what role does each household member play?
NEWSGROUP
3/FEBRUARY 11 DEFINING THE ATHENIAN FAMILY
Humphreys, S.C. Family, Women, and Death, “Oikos and Polis” 1-21, “Public and Private Interests in Classical Athens,” 22-31 and “The Family in Classical Athens: Search for a Perspective,” 58-78.

RECOMMENDED: Lacey, W.K. The Family in Classical Greece, “The Family in the City-State,” 15-32, “Family Oikoi and Athenian Democracy,” 84-99.

What defines the Athenian family? What roles do the oikos and polis play in defining the family dynamic in Ancient Athens? Who belongs in the family and what role does each household member play?
NEWSGROUP

OR

Locate in Perseus images that reflect aspects of the Athenian oikos - check the database for sculpture, vase painting and literature.
 

4/FEBRUARY 18 ORIGINS OF THE FAMILY IN GREECE: MYTH AND REALITY
Lacey, W.K. The Family in Classical Greece, Chap. Two: “The Family in Homeric Society,” 33-50.

RECOMMENDED: Sealey, R. Women and Law in Classical Greece, “The Women of Homer,” 110-150.

How does Greek mythology reflect and portray the role of the family? What defines the family unit in Homer?
NEWSGROUP
5/FEBRUARY 25 CASE STUDY: SOPHOCLES' ANTIGONE
Sophocles. Antigone.
Pomeroy, S.B. Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity (Shocken, 1995), pp. 93-103.
How does the behavior of Antigone, Ismene and Kreon coincide with your understanding of gender roles in the oikos? Is Pomeroy's explanation sufficient?
NEWSGROUP
6/MARCH 4 GENDER, AGE, STATUS & LAW IN THE GREEK FAMILY 
  • Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, "Heredity and Personal Identity," 67-99: Kristina
  • Lacey, W.K. The Family in Classical Greece, “Property and the Family in Athens,” 125-150: Andrew
  • Lacey, W.K. The Family in Classical Greece, “The Family in Plato’s State, Sparta, and Crete,” 177-216
CREATING THE FAMILY: MARRIAGE, BIRTH, AND DEATH
  • Pomeroy, S. Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, “Death and the Family,” 100-140: Margo
  • Lacey, W.K. The Family in Classical Greece, Chap. V: “Marriage and the Family in Athens,” 100-124: Kimberley
How were gender and age roles defined in ancient Greece? How many of these definitions have changed in modern society?

How does the cycle of birth, marriage, and death manifest itself in ancient Greek society? What is the importance of marriage and its rituals for men and for women? How do funeral rites reflect marriage rituals?

What is the nature of the primary sources on law, marriage, birth and death?

What interests Herodotus in his investigation of Egypt? Do differences between Greek conceptions of the oikos and the polis, and Egyptians conceptions of the community and the family, draw his attention?

NEWSGROUP

7/MARCH 11 Lefkowitz and Fant, Women’s Life in Greece and Rome, search for texts related to law or marriage, birth and death: Susie & Alison

COMPARING GREECE AND EGYPT: Herodotus, Histories, selections from Book 2: Egypt: Caroline

NOT DONE:
UNDERSTANDING THE GREEK FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD

  • "Some Greek Families at Work," pp. 141-160.
  • "Two Case Histories," pp. 161-192.
  • "Families in Ptolemaic Egypt," pp. 193-229.
Compose your own question and post it in the newsgroup.
8/MARCH 25 DEFINING THE ROMAN FAMILY
  • Dixon, S., The Roman Family, Part One: “In Search of the Roman Family,” 1-11, 19-30
  • Read as many of the following primary sources as you can to get a sense of views of women and their place in the early Roman household
  • Rawson, B. ed., Marriage, Divorce, and Children in Ancient Rome, 9: “Houses and Households: Sampling Pompeii and Herculaneum” by A. Wallace-Hadrill (pp. 191-228) (skim only)
  • Some websites devoted to Pompeii and Vesuvius
  • RECOMMENDED: Gardner, J. and Wiedemann, T., The Roman Household: A Sourcebook, Parts I & II, “Composition and Definition” (pp. 1-29) and “The household as a focus of emotion” (pp. 30-45).
  • What defines the Roman family? What roles do the domus and community play in defining the family dynamic in Ancient Rome? Who belongs in the family and what role does each household member play? What does the archaeological record at Pompeii and Herculaneum tell us about the household?
    NEWSGROUP
    9/APRIL 1 THE LIFE OF A FREEDMAN
    Petronius, Satyricon. This partially preserved novel, the first ancient novel to survive, contains one complete episode, the "Dinner with Trimachio" (Cena Trimalchionis). Please read this and respond to it in the newsgroup however you wish, keeping in mind themes related to the family and community.
    NEW NEWSGROUP
    10/APRIL 8
    PICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING READINGS AND COME PREPARED TO TALK ABOUT ANY ASPECT THAT INTERESTS YOU. USE THE CHATROOM AS A PLACE TO BEGIN THE DISCUSSION!
    ROMAN FAMILY RELATIONS AND THE LAW 
    Dixon, S., The Roman Family, Part Two: “Roman Family Relations and the Law,” (pp. 36-60).

    Lefkowitz and Fant, Women’s Life in Greece and Rome, “Legal Status in the Roman World” (you select the documents)

    CREATING THE FAMILY: MARRIAGE, CHILDHOOD, AND DIVORCE
    Bradley, Keith R. Discovering the Roman Family, Chap. 8 “A Roman Family” about the family of Marcus Tullius Cicero (pp. 177-205).

    Dixon, Roman Family: Part III: “Marriage” (pp. 61-97); Part IV: "Children in the Roman Family,” (pp. 98-132).

    RECOMMENDED: LAW
    Bradley, K.R. Slaves and Masters in the Roman Empire, “Chapter II: The Slave Family”; Rawson and Weaver, The Roman Family in Italy, 4: “Rome and the Outside World: Senatorial Families and the World They Lived In” by Werner Eck (pp.73-100)

    RECOMMENDED: MARRIAGE, ETC.
    Gardner, J.F., Women in Roman Law and Society, “Marriage,” “Some Effects of Marriage,” “Divorce” and “Dowry” (pp. 31-66); Rawson, B. ed., Marriage, Divorce, and Children in Ancient Rome: “Remarriage and the Structure of the Upper-Class Family at Rome,” by K.R. Bradley, (pp. 79-98); “Divorce Roman-Style: How Easy and How Frequent Was It,” by S. Treggiari (pp. 31-46).

    POSSIBLE QUESTIONS:
    What were the legal rights of various members of the Roman household? How did these rights affect relations within the family?

    How does the cycle of birth, marriage and divorce manifest itself in ancient Roman society? What is the importance of marriage and its rituals for men and for women? What options did men and women have to divorce, and what impact did divorce have on the family structure?
    NEWSGROUP

    11/APRIL 15 CREATING THE FAMILY: OLD AGE AND DEATH (CONTINUED)
    Plautus' Aulularia

    Dixon, S., The Roman Family, Part V: “The Family Through the Life Cycle,” (pp.133-156).

    Rawson and Weaver, The Roman Family in Italy, 6: “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Elderly Members of the Roman Family” by Tim Parkin (pp. 123-148).

    NEWSGROUP
    12/APRIL 22 COMPARING THE GREEK AND ROMAN FAMILIES We have spent the semester examining the Greek oikos and the Roman domus in all their complexity, and have drawn upon a large body of primary evidence (literary and archaeological) and secondary scholarship to establish an understanding of the ancient family. Select an issue relevant to both the Greek and Roman households, compare how each culture addressed the issue, write a brief summary of it in the NEWSGROUP and prepare to summarize your position in class.
    13/APRIL 29 CREATING THE ANCIENT FAMILY: PRESENTATIONS