CLA2100:THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE
FALL 2004

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer A. Rea                                                      TA: Mr. Jon Zarecki
Office: Dauer 142                                                                        Office: Turlington 3302
Office Hours: Wednesday 9:30-1:30 and by appt.                              Office Hours: 7th MWF
Office Phone: 392-2075                                                                 Office Phone: 392-1229
e-mail: jrea@classics.ufl.edu                                                            e-mail: mferax@ufl.edu
 

Ever wondered who had the ORIGINAL Big, Fat, Greek wedding? Want to learn when democracy was invented? Wish to find out where the first Olympic games were held? This introductory level survey of all things Greek --and what the Greeks considered Barbarian-- will explore the world of the ancient Greeks, and along the way, explain how the foundations of our modern culture,  including literary traditions, politics and athletic institutions,are derived from the ancient Greek culture.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In this course, we will examine epic, historic, dramatic, and philosophical literature and view select works against the intellectual, cultural and political background of Greek society. As we encounter some of the enduring themes of this society, we will explore the definition of human nature and its limitations,and the proper standards of private and public morality in a just and democratic society. As we set the stage for the achievements of Greek civilization,we will learn how many of the social values that shaped Greek culture and thought have been incorporatedinto the modern Western tradition and still exist in our society today.

TEXTBOOKS:

1) A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture
        Authors: Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
        Format: Paperback
        Published: February 2004
        ISBN: 0195156811
        Publisher: Oxford Univ Press

2) The Odyssey by Homer, Robert Fitzgerald (Translator),D.S. Carne-Ross (Introduction)
         Publisher: Noonday Press; (November 1998)
         ISBN: 0374525749

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:
Your final grade will be based on how well you do ont hree equally weighted multiple choice exams.  In addition, during the course of the semester you will have several opportunities to participate in extra-credit "minute paper" where you may write an essay based on aquestion I ask about the evening's lecture or reading assignment and each essay you write will have the abilityto raise your final grade one full point. Opportunities for writing minute papers will be assigned to you based on the letters of the alphabet I have chosen for the evening; I will select random letters of the alphabet and if the first letter of your last name corresponds to one of the letters of the alphabet I have selected,then you may write an essay if you choose. You must be present to participate and hand in your essay at the end of the class period.

GRADING SCALE:
A=100-90 B+=89-88 B=87-80 C+=79-78 C=77-70D+=69-68D=67-60E=59 and below.
 

ADA Requirements:
If you have any disability or special concern,it is your responsibility to notify me at the start of the semester so that your needs may be accommodated.  You will also need to give me a letter from the Office for Students with Disabilities (P202 Peabody Hall) indicating that you need academic accommodations.
 

Honor Code:
The following pledge is either required or implied on all work submitted for credit by University of Florida students:"On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."For a full statement of UF's Academic Honor Code see either the Undergraduate Catalog or the website.

SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS:
(All reading assignments are due on the following week.)

Week 1 (August 25)
Part I:  Course Introduction & The Western Tradition
Part II: The Homeric Age and the Origins of the Polis
Reading Assignment: Ancient Greece, Introduction and Chapter One
Here's a link to the Study Guide for the Introduction and Chapter One
Here's a link to the lecture on Homer Part I (PowerPoint)
Here's a link to the lecture on Homer Part II (PowerPoint)
 
 

Week #2 (September 1)
Part I :  Community Formation, Homer Books I-II
Part II: Religion in Ancient Greece
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books I-III, Ancient Greece, Chapter Two
Here's a link to the Study Guide for Chapter Two
Here's a link to the lecture on Greek City Formation (PowerPoint)
Here's a link to the lecture on Greek Religion (PowerPoint)
Here's a link to Jon's lecture on Homer (PowerPoint)
 

Week #3 (September 8)
Part I: Archaic Greece
Part II: Sparta
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books IV-VI, Ancient Greece, Chapter Three
Here's a link to the Study Guide for Chapter Three
Here's a link to the lecture on Sparta (PowerPoint)
Here's a link to Jon's lecture on Homer (PowerPoint)
 

Week #4 (September 15)
Part I: The Archaic Age
Part II: Homer's Odyssey
 

Week #5 (September 22)
Exam I
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books VII-IX, Ancient Greece, Chapter Four
 

Week #6 (September 29)
Part I: Athens, Part I
Part II: Democracy
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books X-XII, Ancient Greece, Chapter Five
 
 

Week #7 (October 6)
Part I: The Persian Wars
Part II: Athens, Part II
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books XIII-XIV, Ancient Greece, Chapter Six
 
 

Week #8 (October 13)
Part I: Democracy & Political Thought
Part II: The Athenian Empire
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, BooksXV-XVI, Ancient Greece,Chapter Seven
 

Week #9 (October 20)
Part I Herodotus
Part II: The Peloponnesian War
 

Week #10 (October 27)
Exam II
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books XVII-XVIII, Ancient Greece, Chapter Eight
 

Week #11 (November 3)
Part I: Ancient Athletics & The Olympic Games
Part II: Homer's Odyssey & Review for Exam
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books XIX-XX, Ancient Greece, Chapter Nine

Week #12 (November 10)
Part I: Greek Drama
Part II: TBA
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books XXI-XXII, Ancient Greece,Chapter Ten
 
 

Week #13 (November 17)
Part I: Greece after the Peloponnesian War
Part II: Women In Ancient Greece
Reading Assignment: Homer's Odyssey, Books XXIII-XXIV
 

Week #14 (November 26)
No class (Thanksgiving)
Reading Assignment: Ancient Greece, Chapter Eleven

Week #15 (December 1)
Part I: Philip of Macedon
Part II: Alexander the Great
 

Week #16 (December 8)
Exam III