Unit One: Archaic Greece
Archaic Greece
  Classical Greece
  Roman Republic
  Roman Empire
  The Renaissance
  Important dates

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In Unit One we shall explore the world of Greece in the Archaic period (c. 750-500 BCE). After an introduction to the fundamentals of Greek myth, including the Trojan War, we shall turn to the Odyssey of Homer, which is perhaps the finest document of early Greek life. Our exploration concludes with lectures on Greek history, art, and poetry before the Classical period.
January 24
Introduction to CL 200 (Curley)
  • Course syllabus and requirements
  • "Journeys"
  • The Homeric question
January 26
  Homeric myth and art (Mechem)
  • Representations of the Homeric age
  Reading for this class:
January 28
  The Odyssey: Fathers and sons (Curley)
  • Telemachus and Odysseus
  • The Telemachy
  Reading for this class:
  • Homer, Odyssey books 7-12
January 31
  The Odyssey: Hosts and guests (Curley)
  • Telemachus and Athena
  • Eumaeus and Odysseus
  • Polyphemus and Odysseus
  Reading for this class:
  • Homer, Odyssey books 13-18
February 2
  The Odyssey: Men and women (Curley)
  • Odysseus and Circe
  • Odysseus and Calypso
  • Odysseus and Nausicaa
  • Odysseus and Penelope
  Reading for this class:
  • Homer, Odyssey books 19-24
February 4
  Archaic Greek history: Herodotus and the Persian Wars (Arnush)
  • History, historiography, and inquiry
  • Epic poetry and prose narrative
  • East versus West
  Reading for this class:
  • Selections from Kebric, Greek People chh. 1 - 5
    (NOTE: as with all Kebric readings, these selections are strongly recommended, but are not required.)

    -- Homer's "People" (pp. 1-5)
    Growing Pains and Problems (pp. 5-13)
    -- Social and Economic Changes (pp. 32-34)
    -- Colonization and Tyrants (pp. 39-41)
    -- The Rise of the City-States (pp. 53-57)
    -- The Cultural Background for Bisexuality (pp. 83-85)
    -- Harmodius and Aristogiton (pp. 93-99)
    -- The Wars with Persia (pp. 105-113)
    -- Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis (pp. 113-118)
February 7
  Archaic Greek Art (Mechem)
  • Representations of the body
  • Engendered art
  • Archaic temples
  Reading for this class:
  • Kebric, Greek People chh. 3 and 4
February 9
  Archaic Greek poetry: (Curley)
  • Social contexts for lyric and choral poetry
  • Lyric and choral "voices"
  Reading for this class:
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