Sacred Places Past and Present
Department of Classics
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
|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
Introduction to Sacred Places|
|Tuesday, August 26|
Class Definitions and Impressions of Sacred and Sacred Places. Here are the
results: Responses 2014
Thursday, August 28
Discussion about Mormon temples as
Look at these websites for important vocabulary and
Tuesday, September 2
we look at La Mesquite, the
Grand Mosque of Cordoba
Gray, Martin. Sacred Sites: Places of
Peace and Power.
Read the essay on this website (http://sacredsites.com/sacred_places/sacred_and_magical_places.html).
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.
Thursday, September 4
Prepare a five-minute statement on
your own sense of sacred space to share orally with the class. Here is Prof.
sure to bring a written copy of your statement to hand in.
Tuesday, September 9
For today write a reflection in which you consider your own statement of
sacred space in the context of what other members of the class said. Has
your view of sacred space changed in any way as a result of this
Today we look at
Camino de Santiago and watch the beginning of Martin
Sheen's The Way. Be sure to answer the questions on the handout as
you watch the film.
Watching The Way.
Tuesday, September 16
Follow-up discussion on The Way. Hand-in your written
responses to the film.
Thursday, September 18
Today we look at
as sacred space. See especially Caesar, Ed. "What Lies Beneath,"
Smithsonian 45 (September 2014), pp. 30-41:
Sacred Places (Specific) and
Mircea Eliade and the Sacred. Skim these sites and the class will
break up into groups to discuss them.
Tuesday, September 23
Look at the following websites for today's class:
Sacred Places Around the World.
Reports on Archaeology. Sacred Places of the Ancient World
Your five-minute report should provide information on location, important
dates, historical and religious importance, major features, etc.
Places in Ancient Greece
|Thursday, September 25
Read Pedley, Chapters 1-3
/ The Pantheon
/ The Major Gods
12 Olympian Gods /
Gods in Art Powerpoint /
Time and Place
Tuesday, September 30
Read Pedley, Chapters 4-7
Also read about the Individualized Project
Part III Olympia
|Thursday, October 2
Tuesday, October 7
Read Pedley, Chapter 8
Olympia Powerpoint /
Tour of Olympia / History
of Ancient Olympia / Walking
Tour of Olympia /The
Temple of Zeus at Olympia
Also look at these websites:
Olympic Games /
Olympic Origins /
The Shrine of Apollo (Delphi, Greece)
Thursday October 9
Read Pedley, Chapter 9
Also look at these websites:
Apollo and Delphi
/ Delphi Stadium
Midcourse Evaluation due before you leave for fall break
Thursday, October 16
Film on Delphi.
Be sure to answer the questions on the handout as you watch the
film and hand-in your written responses before you leave class.
Tuesday, October 21
Prospectus for your individualized project.
Homeric Hymn to Apollo
Sienkewicz, Thomas. “Homeric Hymn to Apollo: An
Thursday October 23
NO regular class. Instead there will be 15-minute
individual conferences with instructor about project. Be sure to sign up for
an appointment. Use class time to work on your individualized project.
Common Reflective Writing Assignment
Tuesday, October 28
Animal Sacrifice and the
Common Reflective Assignment /
Required Lecture /
Reflective Assignment Guidelines
Works and Days /
Theogony (For both of these readings, search "Prometheus"
and read those sections.)
Animal Sacrifice (Powerpoint)
Thursday, October 30
Animal Sacrifice Cont.
Attend the archaeology lecture entitled "Hammers,
Axes, Bulls and Blood" at 7:30 P.M. in Pattee Auditorium. Be sure to
adjust your schedule well in advance so you can be present at this lecture.
Part VI Parthenon and the Athenian Acropolis
Tuesday, November 4
Discussion about the archaeology
lecture and introduction to the
Thursday, November 6
Pedley Chapter 12
Tuesday, November 11 and
Thursday, November 13
Part VII Mecca
|Tuesday, November 18|
|Thursday, November 20|
watch "Inside Mecca".
Tuesday, November 25
We will watch "Journey to Mecca". In-class
writing assignment to follow. Note: If you are not planning to attend class,
please be sure to se the instructor regarding assignment you will miss.
Part VIII Class Presentations|
|Tuesday, December 2|
|Thursday, December 4|
Project Presentations continue.
|Thursday, December 11,
11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.|
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