SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
CLAS210 Ancient Literature:
Images of Masculinity
NOTE: This schedule will remain "in progress"
throughout the semester. It will be modified as needed. Students are advised to consult
this schedule periodically for changes, modifications, and additions.
Additional study questions will be added later.
|Aug. 28 Course Introductions
Discussion of Beauty and Meaning Rubric. See the Monmouth College Curriculum.
Question: What is a modern American image of masculinity?
|Aug. 30 The Hollywood Image of Ancient Masculinity:
Gladiator Cast of Characters / Gladiator List of Scenes
Use these "Study Questions" and Gladiator Study Questions on Images of Masculinity to write a statement on the image of masculinity portrayed in this film.
|Sept. 4 The Biblical Image of Ancient
Read the Gospel of Mark (Electronic Bible)
Question: What image of masculinity does Jesus portray in this Gospel? How does this image compare with the modern American image of masculinity, as especially portrayed in the film "Gladiator"? Study Questions / Masculine Christianity / "Gender Orphaned But Father Found" / Divine Masculinity and Femininity / The Irresolvable Tension / Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper / Masculinity in Crisis / Reflections on Male Spirituality
Assignment for Sept. 11th: Write a statement comparing the images of masculinity in the Gospel of Mark
|Sept. 6 Homer's Iliad
An introduction to Homer's Iliad. See Homeric Epics
Read Garrison Keilor's "Six-Minute Iliad"
|Sept. 11 No class due to terrorist attacks on the U.S.|
|Sept. 13 Homer's Iliad
Questions: What do you think of the behavior of Achilles and Agamemnon in the first book of the Iliad? How would Hollywood play the scene between Hector and Andromache in Iliad 6? Find some examples of arete in the Iliad.
|Sept. 18 Homer's Iliad
Questions: Analyze Achilles' behavior after the death of Patroclus and up to the death of Hector.
For Sept. 20th lecture, read the story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 12-22
|Sept. 20 Archaeology Lecture at NOON in
Auditorium (ATTENDANCE REQUIRED)
"Issac and Iphigenia: Human Sacrifice in the Ancient Mediterranean" by Sarah P. Morris of UCLA (Click on title for description.)
Assignment: Reflect in writing on the images of masculinity raised by this lecture. This statement is due on Sept. 25th.
Persona Development Period
Class does not meet today. Use this time to finish developing your Homeric persona. These personae will be presented in class on Sept. 25th. A written statement based upon the persona is due on Oct. 2nd.
|Sept. 25 Homer's Iliad
Homeric persona presented today.
|Sept. 27 Iliad
and Persona Cont.
UNIT QUIZ on "Gladiator", Gospel of Mark and Iliad 1-12
|Oct. 2 The
gods in the Iliad. See especially Hera's Seduction of
Zeus in Iliad 14.
Greek Lyric Poetry: Archilochus
Persona paper due.
|Oct. 4 Iliad Cont.
Look especially at the description of Achilles' shield in Iliad 18
and the Ransom of Hector in Book 24. See
Questions: Discuss Achilles' motivation to release Hector's body in Iliad 24.
Greek Lyric Poetry: Callinus, Semonides, Solon, Xenophanes, and Theognis
Lyric Poetry / Some Themes in Lyric Poetry
|Oct. 9 Greek Lyric Poetry: Tyrtaeus,
Anacreon, and Pindar
Lyric Persona Presentations
|Oct. 11 Greek Art and Literature
UNIT QUIZ on Homer and Lyric Poetry 2nd Unit Quiz
Mid-Course Evaluation Due before you leave for fall break.
|Oct. 16 No class
|Oct. 17 Archaeology Lecture, Highlander Room 12:00 Noon has been cancelled. If you want extra credit, you can attend the evening archaeology lecture at Augustana College. Click here for more information.|
|Oct. 18 Introduction to Greek
Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes See Analysis, Aeschylus' Chronology / Aeschylus' Biography
Written lyric persona presentations due.
Sophocles' Ajax Analysis of Sophocles' Ajax / Sophocles' Chronology / Sophocles' Biography / Sophocles the Man
|Oct. 25 Sophocles' Ajax Cont.
Prospectus for Individualized Project Due. See also Individualized Project Guidelines
|Oct. 29 Fox
Classics Lecture, 7:30 P.M. in Highlander Room. Attendance Required.
Statement on lecture due on Nov. 1st.
|Oct. 30 Euripides' Hippolytus Analysis of Euripides' Hippolytus / Summary of Hippolytus / Euripides' Chronology / The Euripides Homepage / Some Notes on Hippolytus / Aristotle on Oedipus / On Aristotle and Hippolytus / Some Background to Hippolytus|
|Nov. 1 The Trial of
Hippolytus: Aprohodite and her prosecution team vs. Artemis and her
Short paper on Fox Lecture Due
|Nov. 6 Some
Themes in Euripides' Hippolytus
Unit Quiz on Greek Tragedy
|Nov. 8 Plato's Symposium Introductory Notes / Outline / Life of Plato / Study Questions / Symposium: Introduction / Symposium Background / Summary of the Speeches / Plato (Philia Project) / Socrates and Silenus|
|Nov. 9 Field trip to Field Museum in Chicago
to see the Cleopatra Exhibit
Questions: What images of masculinity are portrayed in this exhibit? To what extent does the portrayal of Cleopatra incorporate these images?
Paper due on this field trip on Nov. 13th.
|Nov. 13 Plato's Symposium Cont.
Paper due on image of Cleopatra.
Plato's Symposium Cont.
Introduction to Roman Comedy. Some Features of Roman Comedy
Optional viewing of Terence's Brothers video (on reserve in library)
|Nov. 20 Terence's Brothers
Map and Geography Quizzes List of Important Places / Sample Map/Geography Quiz / Sample Map (needs Adobe Reader)
|Nov. 22 THANKSGIVING break.|
|Nov. 27 Terence's Brothers Cont.
Introduction to Cicero.
|Nov. 29 Cicero. On
Homepage / Cicero's
"On Friendship" / Some
Study Questions / Background
Introduction to Petronius.
|Dec. 3 Individualized Project due at 3:30 P.M.|
|Dec. 4 Petronius. Satyricon. Focus on Trimalchio's Dinner Party. Petronius' Satyricon|
|Dec. 6 UNIT QUIZ on Plato, Terence,
Cicero and Petronius
Evaluation of Individualized Projects due
Dec. 13 at 1 P.M.
Group Presentations, Course Evaluations, etc.
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