Office hours: MW 2:00-3:00; TTh 1:00-2:00; or by appointment
Time and Days: 11:00-12:20 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Room: JRH 204
This course surveys the history, literature, art, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks. Beginning with Crete in the Bronze Age (2000 BCE), we will study the literary and artistic periods that exemplify the civilization and culture of the Greek world through the Hellenistic Age (3rd C BCE). Students will examine how the literary and artistic movements of the periods studied reflect and inform contemporary political and philosophical movements. Through the study of Greek art and literature we will reconstruct a multi-dimensional view of the Greek World.
At the end of the semester, the successful student will:
be familiar with the major literary and artistic periods of Greek history.
be able to identify ‘canonical’ works of Greek art and architecture and point out important features of those works.
be able to use a variety of sources including literary and artistic works to synthesize ideas and explain the causes and consequences of historical and cultural developments and events.
be able to evaluate Greek art and literature within its historical and cultural framework.
be able to explain how a work of Greek art and/or literature reflects the intellectual climate of the period in which it was produced.
be able to recognize features of Greek art and literature that have influenced western culture in general and continue to influence contemporary art and literature.
be able to analyze the ideas and institutions of Greek Civilization within the appropriate historical and social contexts.
Knox, Bernard, ed. The Norton Book of Classical Literature. New York and London: Norton & Co. 1993.
Neer, Richard. Greek Art and Archaeology: A New History, c. 2500- c. 150 BCE. New York: Thames & Hudson. 2012.
Sansone, David. Ancient Greek Civilization.
Tentative schedule subject to change.
Introduction: Geography of Mediterranean
Historical Overview: Bronze Age to Hellenistic Age
Grades will be calculated according to the following breakdown: 10% Participation; 20% Response papers; 30% Quizzes; 40% Examinations.
Participation: Students are expected not only to attend but also to participate actively in class discussion.
Short Analysis Papers: Students will write three analysis papers over the course of the semester. These 2-3 page, thesis-driven papers will begin with a brief description of a particular literary, artistic, or architectural work. The bulk of the paper will argue what the significance is of that particular work. In other words, the paper will explain what we learn about Greek Civiliation and/or Greek Culture. More information to follow: topics and a rubric will be distributed separately.
Quizzes: Students will take seven brief quizzes over the course of the semester. These include one map quiz, one chronology quiz, two reading quizzes, and three slide quizzes. Quizzes will be administered during the first 15 minutes of class.
Examinations: Students will take two mid-term examinations and a final examination. All exams will include a section with slide identification, passage identification, and essays.
I expect you to make every effort to attend class. If you are unable to do so, please contact me; you are responsible for making any necessary arrangements for whatever you missed in class. Late papers will be penalized by one grade per day, unless prior arrangements have been made. I will not reschedule quizzes or exams unless arrangements have been made prior to the absence. Poor attendance will affect your participation grade.
PLEASE NOTE: Repeated tardiness or getting up in the middle of class is considered part of your attendance record. Similarly, dealing with a phone, whether silencing an incoming call, answering a call, sending or receiving text messages is part of your attendance record; you are not “attending” class, if you are frequently responding to messages emanating from outside the classroom. Additionally, these are distracting to your instructor and fellow classmates. Please show respect by limiting these types of disruptions.
The University of Montana assures equal access to instruction through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students. If you think you may have a disability adversely affecting your academic performance, and you have not already registered with Disability Services, please contact Disability Services in Lommasson Center 154 or call 406.243.2243. I will work with you and Disability Services to provide an appropriate modification.
All students must practice academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the University. All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code. The Code is available for review online at Student Conduct Code.