English 240: Ancient Literature

Syllabus Page for Fall 2004

Al Drake | Cyber Cafe M/W 10-11 | ajdrake@ajdrake.com

Note: Other sites are available from my Portal. Previous versions of this course: Spring 2004, Interterm 2004, Fall 2003. This semester at Chapman I am also teaching E252, Intro. to Poetry, and, at CSU Fullerton, E212, British Lit. since 1760 and E491, History of Literary Criticism.

Course Particulars: English 240. MWF 09:00-09:50, Beckman 209. Office hours: M/W 9:50-10:50 Cyber Café.

Course Policies and Required Texts. (Please review.)

2 5-Page Papers Requirement. 15% and 30% of course grade. Final drafts due Friday of Week 7 (Oct. 15) and on day of final exam (TBD). See advance draft comments. Follow recent MLA guidelines and include a works cited page.

Journal Requirement. 30% of course grade. Consists of responses to a choice of study questions for each author. Due in class Monday of Weeks 4, 8, 12, and final exam day. (Or you may email them by the end of those evenings.)

Final Exam Requirement. 25% of course grade. The exam will consist partly of substantive, prominently mentioned passages to identify, some short questions requiring a sentence or two in response, and one essay. Books and notes are not allowed for the first part, but are allowed for the short-paragraph and essay parts. Exam date is M. 12/13. 1:30-4:00.

General: College | Sample Paper | Grammar Guide | Deductive Essays | Citation | Analysis | Editing | Plagiphrasing | Literary Criticism | Links

Questions: Confucius | Gita | Tibetan | Homer | Sappho | Sophocles | Plato | Plautus | Livy | Ovid | Longus | Apuleius | Boethius

Guides: Sappho Lyric | Nietzsche's Greeks | Mucius Scaevola | Lucretia

Classics Sites: Didaskalia | Perseus | Diotima | Forum | Homeric Singing | Didaskalia Greek Stagecraft

Audio Note: If your browser has a media plug-in, left-click on class session links; if you have a separate player, right-click first and save file to disk. [Audio has been removed since the class is no longer current.]

Week 01

M. 08/30. Course Introduction.
W. 09/01. Confucius. The Analects, Books 1-6.
F.  09/03. Confucius. The Analects, Books 7-12.

Week 02

M. 09/06. Labor Day Holiday.
W. 09/08. Bhagavad-Gita, Chapters 1-6.
F.  09/10. Bhagavad-Gita, Chapters 7-12.

Week 03

M. 09/13. Bhagavad-Gita, Chapters 13-18.
W. 09/15. Tibetan Book of the Dead, Chapter 5.
F.  09/17. Tibetan Book of the Dead, Chapter 6.

Week 04

M. 09/20. Homer. The Iliad, Intro. [Journals]
W. 09/22. Homer. The Iliad, Book 1-4.
F.  09/24. Homer. The Iliad. [Odyssey Film Selections]

Week 05

M. 09/27. Homer. The Iliad, Books 5-12.
W. 09/29. Homer. The Iliad, Books 13-16.
F.  10/01. Homer. The Iliad. [Odyssey Film Selections]

Week 06

M. 10/04. Homer. The Iliad, 17-24.
W. 10/06. Sappho. Lyrics.
F.  10/08. Sappho. Lyrics.

Week 07

M. 10/11. Sophocles. Antigone [Film, Tzavellas 1962, 86 mins.]
W. 10/13. Sophocles. Antigone. [Film, Tzavellas 1962, 86 mins.]
F.  10/15. Sophocles. Antigone. [Discussion.] [Paper 1]

Week 08

M. 10/18. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. [Film, Guthrie 1957, 88 mins.] [Journals]
W. 10/20. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. [Film, Guthrie 1957, 88 mins.]
F.  10/22. [No class--I'll be in Seattle for a conference.]

Week 09

M. 10/25. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. [Discussion.]
W. 10/27. Plato. Gorgias.
F.  10/29. Plato. Gorgias.

Week 10

M. 11/01. Plautus. The Braggart Soldier.
W. 11/03. Plautus. The Braggart Soldier.
F.  11/05. Film: I, Claudius (Episode: "What Shall We Do About Claudius?") [BBC]

Week 11

M. 11/08. Livy. The Early History of Rome, Book 1.
W. 11/10. Livy. The Early History of Rome, Book 1.
F.  11/12. Livy. The Early History of Rome, Book 2 to pg. 126.

Week 12

M. 11/15. Film: I, Claudius (Episode: "Zeus, By Jove") [BBC]. [Journals]
W. 11/17. Ovid. The Art of Love.
F.  11/19. Ovid. The Art of Love.

Week 13

M. 11/22. Longus. Daphnis and Chloe.
W. 11/24. Thanksgiving holiday.
F.  11/26. Thanksgiving holiday.

Week 14

M. 11/29. Apuleius. The Golden Ass 1-6.
W. 12/01. Apuleius. The Golden Ass 7-12.
F.  12/03. *Class cancelled due to illness.

Week 15

M. 12/06. Apuleius. The Golden Ass 13-19.
W. 12/08. Boethius. The Consolation of Philosophy.
F.  12/10. Informal Review .

Finals Week

M. 12/13. 1:30-4:00. [Journals #4 and Paper #2 also due--though you may, if necessary, turn them in no later than Wednesay evening, Dec. 15 by email. Make sure I send a "received, thanks" response if you do that!]