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 23|
Class Definitions and Impressions of Sacred and Sacred Places.
Give an example of a place which is sacred for you.
What does the word
sacred mean to you?
What adjectives describe the word sacred for you?
What makes a place sacred?
Here are the
results from the 2014 class:
Thursday, August 25
Mormon temples as
Look at these websites for important vocabulary and
Special Opportunity: Walk to Mercy. For
more information, see
In-Class Project reports continue.
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.
This summary should be emailed to everyone in the class.
Your weekly paper will be your response to class discussion and the class
Today we look at
as sacred space. See especially Caesar, Ed. "What Lies Beneath,"
Smithsonian 45 (September 2014), pp. 30-41:
Prepare a five-minute personal reflection
your religious background and 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.
For Thursday, Sept. 15: 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
Look at the following websites for today's class:
Sacred Places Around the World.
Sacred Places (Specific) and
Mircea Eliade and the Sacred.
Part II Mecca
The Dome of the Rock
El Aqsa Mosque
Thursday, September 15
watch "Inside Mecca".
Reflection Topic for Tuesday, Sept. 20:
Either compare Mecca as a sacred place to other sacred places we have
discussed in class (like Stonehenge or a Mormon temple) or discuss features
of Mecca which correspond to those discussed on this website
Tuesday, September 20
We will watch "Journey to Mecca". In-class writing assignment to follow.
Part III The
Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Thursday, September 22
Common Reflective Assignment /
Reflective Assignment Guidelines
Walk to Mercy
"Temple of the Stars" (intro)
Tuesday, September 27
Read pp. 1-49 of Cuehlo's The Pilgrimage.
Today we look at
Camino de Santiago and Professor Sienkewicz will describe his own
Thursday, September 29
"Temple of the Stars" (full):
Read pp. 50-99 of Cuelho's The Pilgrimage.
Tuesday, October 4
Read pp. 100-149 of Cuelho's The Pilgrimage.
Cuelho's "Road to Santiago" (video)
Thursday, October 6
We will watch the beginning of Martin
Sheen's The Way. Be sure to answer the questions on the handout as
you watch the film.
Read pp. 150-199 of Cuelho's The Pilgrimage.
11 and Tuesday, October 18
We finish watching The Way.
Hand-in your written
responses to The Way.
Follow-up discussion on
Read pp. 200-261 of Cuelho's The Pilgrimage.
Midcourse Evaluation due before you leave for fall break
Places in Ancient Greece
|Thursday, October 20
Common Reflective Assignment due
Also read about the Individualized Project
Tuessday, October 25
Read Pedley, Chapters 1-7
/ The Pantheon
/ The Major Gods
12 Olympian Gods /
Gods in Art Powerpoint /
Time and Place
Prospectus for your individualized project.
Be sure to sign up today for a 15-minute
next week with instructor about project.
Thursday, October 27
NO regular class.
Use this class time to prepare your group report on Pedley.
Tuesday November 1
Group Reports on Pedley
The Shrine of Apollo (Delphi, Greece)
Tuesday, November 8
Thursday, November 10
Read Pedley, Chapter 9
Also look at these websites:
Apollo and Delphi
/ Delphi Stadium
Homeric Hymn to Apollo
Sienkewicz, Thomas. “Homeric Hymn to Apollo: An
Part V Olympia
Tuesday, November 15
Thursday, November 17
Read Pedley, Chapter 6
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 Origins /
Tuesday, November 22
No regular class. Use this time to work
on your individualzed project. Prof. Sienkewicz will be available during
class time for consultations about projects.
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving
Part VI Class Presentations|
Tuesday, November 29|
Tuesday, December 6
9 (Note date.)|
11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. (Note meeting
Final Oral and Written
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