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
Weeks 1 and 2 Course Introductions and conversations about Sacred Places.
Important vocabulary to know.
Read Whitcombe's Introduction to "Sacredness"
The Grand Mosque of Cordoba , Stonehenge and Muir Woods as Models
On Eliade's Sacred Time:
On Eliade's Sacred Space:
Part II The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
Weeks 3-5
Part III Todai-ji (Nara, Japan)
Week 6
Part IV The Shrine of Apollo (Delphi, Greece)
Oct. 26, 29, 31, Nov. 2, 5

Homeric Hymn to Apollo

Sienkewicz, Thomas. “Homeric Hymn to Apollo: An Analysis.” (abridged) “Temple of Apollo.”

Grout, James. “The Serpent Column at Delphi” in Encyclopoedia Romana.

Grout, James. “The Serpent Column” in Encyclopoedia Romana.

Hayes, Holly. “Ancient Delphi” in Sacred Destinations.

Morden, Margaret E. “Delphi, Oracle of Apollo.: 

Sandels, V. E. K. “Delphi” in

Siegel, Janice. “Dr. J’s Illustrated Delphi.”

Talbert, Richard A., et al. “Delphi” in Interactive Ancient Mediterranean. (Be sure to click on pages at left)

Witcombe, L. C. E. “Sacred Places: Delphi, Greece.”


Part V St. Peter's Basilica (Vatican City)

Nov. 7, 9, 12, 14
QUIZ on Nov. 16******

Part VI Chartres Cathedral (Chartres, France)
Nov. 19, 26, 28, 30

Individualized Project due on Friday, November 20, 2007

Part VII Class Presentations
Dec. 3, 5, 7, 10
QUIZ on Dec. 12

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