SYLLABUS Class: MWF 12-12:50 pm, 008 Rhode Island Hall
Instructor: Professor John Cherry
Phone: 863-6412; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Monday 2-4 p.m. (or by appointment)
Office: Room 105 Rhode Island Hall
Class wiki site: http://proteus.brown.edu/sportancientgreek10/home
Athletics and sports were as popular and significant in the ancient Greek world as they are today, and so offer a good introduction to many aspects of Greek culture over the centuries. Illustrated lectures, reinforced and amplified by readings from ancient and modern writers, as well as by discussion in class, will introduce you to such topics as: the development of Greek athletics, sites where games were held, the nature of individual events, and social implications such as athletic professionalism, women and athletics, the role of sport in Greek education, etc. Wider cultural aspects to be explored include the religious, political, and economic contexts of athletics; how their ideology found expression in literature and the visual arts; issues of class, gender, nationalism, and ethnicity; and, of course, whether the modern Olympic Games are anything like the ancient ones. You will encounter the primary data drawn from archaeology, art, and literature, and read modern studies of this ancient evidence. Prerequisites:
• take-home Midterm Exam (20%, issued March 12, due March 15)
• Final Exam (25%)
• three short quizzes (5% each, Feb. 19, Mar. 26, and Apr. 16)
• one Internet-based assignment (10%, due Mar. 22)
• one short (8-10 pages) term paper (20%, due May 7)
• attendance, active participation, office hours (10%)
• The essay-based, take-home, Midterm Exam will be handed out in class on Friday March 12, and will be due at the following class (Monday March 15). The Final Exam (2 hours) will consist of a combination of visual and verbal identifications, plus an essay.
• Your short paper will be based on a topic agreed upon with me in advance (you will need to come to office hours to discuss it) and should provide a detailed discussion of some aspect of sport in the ancient world. Since this paper is not due until near the end of the Reading Period, there is no acceptable excuse for late papers.
• Readings from the required textbooks have been sequenced to correspond, approximately, to the topics I shall be presenting in class at, or soon after, the time you’ll be reading them. I expect you to do these readings regularly by the stated deadlines (see below), and to come to class prepared to discuss them in an informed manner; your active participation in discussion will count towards your final grade.
Provisional Course Outline: Week 1
Jan. 27 Introduction to the class and logistical matters. The nature of sport. Olympic facts and myths.
Jan. 29 The ancient games as ritual and politics.
Feb. 1 The prehistory of Greek sport: Minoan and Mycenaean.
Feb. 3 Sport in Homer and the epic tradition.
Feb. 5 The origins of Greek athletic festivals.
Feb. 8 Olympia, the Olympic games and its athletic program.
(2) Stephen G. Miller, Ancient Greek Athletics (Yale, 2004, hardback)
(3) Judith Swaddling, The Ancient Olympic Games (2nd edn., Texas 2002, paperback)
(4) David C. Young, A Brief History of the Olympic Games (Blackwell 2004, paperback)
•All four books are available at the Brown Bookstore
Schedule of readings from required textbooks: Arete = Stephen G. Miller, ARETE: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources
Miller = Stephen G. Miller, Ancient Greek Athletics
Swaddling = Judith Swaddling, The Ancient Olympic Games
Young = David C. Young, A Brief History of the Olympic Games Week 1 Miller, chs. 1-3; Young, ch. 1
Week 2 Miller, ch. 6; Arete, ch. I; Young, ch. 2
Week 3 Swaddling, chs. 1-5; Young, ch. 5
Week 4 Swaddling, chs. 6-8; Young, ch. 3
Week 5 Miller, ch. 4; Arete, ch. III; Young, ch. 4
Week 6 Miller, ch. 5
Week 7 Miller, ch. 7; Arete, ch. IV; Young, chs. 7-8
Week 8 Miller, chs. 10-11; Arete, chs. V and VI; Young, ch. 6
Week 9 Miller, ch. 8; Arete, chs. VIII and X; Young, chs. 9-10
Week 10 [Spring Break.] Arete, chs. II and VII
Week 11 Miller, chs. 9 and 12; Young, ch. 11
Week 12 Arete, chs. XI and XII; Young, ch. 12
Week 13 Miller, chs. 13-16; Arete, chs. XIII-XV; Young, ch. 13
Week 14 Swaddling, ch. 9
• A selection of key books on topics relating to ancient Greek sport, in its widest sense, will be placed on reserve in the non-circulating library on the second floor of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World (Rhode Island Hall).
• You will use ThePerseus Digital Library (a huge text and image database of ancient Greek civilization, accessible at http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/ ). I will direct you to, and encourage you to make use of, other resources available on the Web, including a few on-line articles. Here are some links to start with (mostly about ancient Olympic Games, but with much information about ancient sport in general)
[The Ancient Olympics: A Special Exhibit of the Perseus Digital Library Project]