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CG311 Greek Oratory:
Murder, Bravado, Persuasion
TuTh 12.40-2.00

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: W 9.00 Th 8.30 F 10.30


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Skidmore College

We will read the three oratorical works in increasing order of difficulty: Lysias, then Demosthenes, and finally Thucydides. You should anticipate spending approximately 4-5 weeks per text, with the least amount of time spent on the first (Lysias runs to six pages) and the most on the last (the Thucydides passage is 12 pages of Greek).

 
The occasional quizzes will be announced in advance and will occur as necessary to gauge your grasp of grammatical and syntactical issues. The midterm will be scheduled for the week of October 22nd, and the final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar's office
 

The schedule for semester project presentations is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 18th: Presentation by McKenzie, Meinking or Power on scholarship on Lysias.
  • Tuesday, October 16th: Presentation by McKenzie, Meinking or Power on scholarship on Demosthenes.
  • Thursday, November 8th: Presentation by McKenzie, Meinking or Power on scholarship on Thucydides.
  • Thursday, November 15th: Presentations by Bussman, Childress, Larkowski and Ryan on the passages of their commentaries; and by McKenzie, Meinking and Power on the topics of their research papers
  • Thursday, December 11th: Final presentations by all students on the results of their semester projects.