Reading Through the Millennia

Spring Semester 2003, Department of Classics, Monmouth College

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Reading Through the Millennia: An examination of texts from three millennial transitions (1 B.C., 1000 A.D., and 2000 A.D.) with an emphasis on general cultural and historical characteristics as well as prophetic/predictive aspects of each period. The focus text for the first millennium is Vergil's Aeneid, which also provides a perspective back to 1000 B.C. The text for the second millennium is Dante's Inferno. The text for the third millennium transition is Arthur C. Clark's 2001: A Space Odyssey, both the film and the book. A course reading which spans these millenia is Iain Pears' Dream of Scipio. Stephen Jay Gould's Questioning the Millennium provides a context for discussing millennial and apocalyptic issues in the context of these readings.

Whenever possible, course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form on the Classics Dept. webpage (http:\\department.monm.edu/classics).

A word on plagiarism:

Plagiarism is copying someone else's work without giving credit. Such copying--from a book, another classmate's paper, or any other source--is dishonest. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.


This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at toms@monm.edu.

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