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E240 WORLD ANCIENT LITERATURE, CHAPMAN U FALL 2003

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Note: all links have been removed from this archival copy, but the author questions (bundled according to subject/period) and study guides referenced below can be found in relevant sections of the Resource Gallery. Instructions pages for journals, presentations, etc. were similar to those available in my current courses. MP3 audio of class sessions for selected courses is still available in the Audio Archive. My blog entries for most courses are available from the Blogs Index.


Required Texts (Chapman Bookstore)

Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Trans. Robert Fagles. NY: Penguin, 1984. ISBN: 0140443339.

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. Seth Bernardete. St. Augustine Press, 2002. ISBN: 1587310260.

Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fagles. NY: Penguin, 1999. ISBN: 0140268863.

Ovid. Metamorphoses. Trans. A. D. Melville. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN: 019283472X.

Plato. Four Texts on Socrates. Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito, and Aristophanes' The Clouds. Translators West, Thomas G. and Grace West. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1998. ISBN: 0801485746.

Sophocles. Three Theban Plays. Trans. Robert Fagles. NY: Penguin, 2000. ISBN: 0140444254.

Virgil. The Aeneid. Trans. Allen Mandelbaum. New York: Bantam, 1981. ISBN: 0553210416.


Course Policies. (Please review this information.)

Term Paper. 5-7 pages; see instructions. Rough draft due Thursday, 11/06; final draft due on day of final exam, Tuesday, 12/09.

Journal Instructions. (Journals due in class Thursday of Weeks 4 (9/18), 8 (10/16), 12 (11/13), and Finals Week (12/09).

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

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

Guides: Odyssey Time Frame | Agamemnon Structure | Tennyson's "The Lotos-Eaters" | Tennyson's "Ulysses" | Nietzsche's Greeks

Questions: Homer | Aeschylus | Aristotle | Sophocles | Plato | Virgil | Ovid


SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

Tu. 08/26. Intro to Course and to Homer.

Th. 08/28. Homer. The Odyssey, Book 1.

WEEK 2

Tu. 09/02. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 2-5.

Th. 09/04. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 6-8.

WEEK 3

Tu. 09/09. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 9-10.

Th. 09/11. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 11-13.

WEEK 4

Tu. 09/16. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 18-21. (skim 14-17 for plot)

Th. 09/18. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 22-24. Journal Set 1 due.

WEEK 5

Tu. 09/23. Intro to Greek Tragedy, Arisotle's Poetics.

Th. 09/25. Aristotle. The Poetics.

WEEK 6

Tu. 09/30. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. (film in class: Agamemnon)

Th. 10/02. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. (film in class: Agamemnon)

WEEK 7

Tu. 10/07. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Discussion of Agamemnon.

Th. 10/09. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Discussion of The Libation Bearers. (+ Film)

WEEK 8

Tu. 10/14. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Discussion of The Eumenides. (+ Film)

Th. 10/16. Sophocles. Antigone. (Film, 70 minutes) Journal Set 2 Due.

WEEK 9

Tu. 10/21. Sophocles. Antigone. (Film, Discussion)

Th. 10/23. Sophocles. Antigone. (Discussion)

WEEK 10

Tu. 10/28. Plato. The Apology for Socrates.

Th. 10/30. Plato. The Apology for Socrates.

WEEK 11

Tu. 11/04. Virgil. The Aeneid, Books 1-2.

Th. 11/06. Virgil. The Aeneid, Books 3-4. Paper rough draft due.

WEEK 12

Tu. 11/11. Virgil. The Aeneid, Books 5-6. Comment on 7-12, which aren't assigned.

Th. 11/13. Ovid. The Metamorphoses, Book 1. Journal Set 3 Due.

WEEK 13

Tu. 11/18. Ovid. The Metamorphoses, Books 2-4.

Th. 11/20. Ovid. The Metamorphoses, from Book 5: "The Rape of Proserpine" and "Arethusa"; from Book 6: "Arachne" and "Tereus, Procne, and Philomela."

WEEK 14

Tu. 11/25. Ovid. The Metamorphoses, from Book 7: "Medea and Jason," "Medea and Aeson," "Medea and Peleas," "Theseus"; from Book 8: "Daedalus and Icarus"; from Book 10: "Orpheus and Eurydice," "Cyparissus," "Ganymede," "Hyacinth," "Pygmalion"; from Book 11: "Death of Orpheus," "Midas," "First Foundation and Destruction of Troy."

Th. 11/27. Thanksgiving Holiday.

WEEK 15

Tu. 12/02. Ovid. The Metamorphoses, from Book 12: "Expedition Against Troy," "Death of Achilles"; from Book 13: "Ajax and Achilles," "The Fall of Troy," "The Pilgrimage of Aeneas"; from Book 14: "The Pilgrimage of Aeneas, cont.," "Island of Circe," "Triumph and Apotheosis of Aeneas"; from Book 15: "Aesculapius," "Apotheosis of Julius Caesar," "Epilogue."

Th. 12/04. Course Review.

FINAL EXAM

12/09. Tuesday, 10:45-1:15, regular location. (Notes, books allowed.) Term Paper and Journal Set 4 due with final exam.


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