Ancient Religious Reflections:
Sacred Places Past and Present

Department of Classics
Monmouth College


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.
Part I Introduction to Sacred Places
Week 1-2 Course Introductions and conversations about Sacred Places.
Thursday, January 26
Look at these websites for important vocabulary and definitions: Sacred Places
Today we look at La Mesquite, the Grand Mosque of Cordoba

Tuesday, January 31
Look at these websites with some more specific examples of sacred space: Sacred Places (Specific).
Today we look at Stonehenge as sacred space.

Thursday, February 2
Prepare a statement on your own sense of sacred space to share orally with the class. This statement should last c.5 minutes. Here is Prof. Sienkewicz' statement.

Tuesday, February 6
Muir Woods as sacred space.
Mircea Eliade and the Sacred

Eliade Powerpoint

Thursday, February 8
Today we break down into groups to discuss the Eliade readings.
Sacred Places Around the World

Tuesday, February 14
Gray, Martin. Sacred Sites: Places of Peace and Power. Read the essay on this website. Write out five questions you had as you read the section of the article you were assigned.Then write out a 100-word summary of  this section of the article in your own words.
Part II Introduction to Sacred Places in Ancient Greece
Thursday, February 16
Read Pedley, Chapters 1-3
Greek Pantheon / The Pantheon / The Major Gods / 12 Olympian Gods / Genealogical Tables
Gods in Art Powerpoint / Time and Place

Tuesday, February 21
Thursday, February 23
Greek Sanctuaries
Read Pedley, Chapters 4-7
Also read about the Individualized Project assignment
Part III Olympia
Tuesday, February 28
Thursday, March 1
Read Pedley, Chapter 8
Olympia Powerpoint
Also look at these websites: Olympia
Part IV The Shrine of Apollo (Delphi, Greece)

March 6 and 8
Read Pedley, Chapter 9

Also look at these websites: Delphi
Delphi Powerpoints: Apollo and Delphi / Delphi Stadium

March 20 Discussion about Rattlesnake Mound
March 22 Delphi
Homeric Hymn to Apollo
Sienkewicz, Thomas. “Homeric Hymn to Apollo: An Analysis”: (abridged)

March 26 15-minute conference with instructor about project

March 27 No class. Work on Individualized Project. Weekly response paper due via email.

March 29 No class. Work on Individualized Project.

Part V Parthenon and the Athenian Acropolis

April 3 and 5
Read Pedley Chapter 12. Also look at these websites: Parthenon
          Instead of a weekly response paper, submit a two-page progress report on your project.


April 10 No class. Attend Archaeology Lecture on Epidauros in Morgan Room of Poling Hall at 7:30 PM
Here is some background on Epidauros and the god Asclepius:

April 12 Discussion of Archaeology Lecture

April 17 Scots' Day (NO CLASSES!)

April 19 Parthenon Cont.
Part VIII Class Presentations
Individualized Projects are due on Thursday, April 19th.
Project Presentations will begin on Tuesday, April 24th.
Final Class Meeting: Monday, May 14, 8:00-11:00 A.M.
Final Statements and Course Evaluations

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