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Academics: Classics 211

Classics 211AH: Classical Literature (Honors)

Instructor: Jeff Winkle
Office HH-359
Phone (616) 526-6813
E-mail: jwinkle@calvin.edu

Course Description:

                Classics 211 aims to develop a basic understanding of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations through the study of their greatest literature, from Homer to Augustine.  Classes will include lecture, Powerpoint presentations, and film, but I hope that most class time will be spent in discussion.

Honors Credit:

                This course is designed as an honors course, which means that it encourages greater personal initiative, deeper research, and a higher level of discussion than a typical class might.  Each student will conduct an independent research on one classical author/topic, and there will be class periods as well as personal conferences with the professor devoted to discussing that research.  The minimum grade to earn honors credit is a B+.

Expectations and Grading:

                The primary requirements are faithful preparation, attendance, and participation in class.  Absences will be excused if explained in advance or justified by medical or other emergencies.  Final grades will be based attendance/participation, two tests, and a final research project (see breakdown below).  Calvin College makes reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.  Students should notify the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities and speak with me within the first two weeks of the semester.

Textbooks:

Arrowsmith, William (ed.) Four Plays by Aristophanes. Plume, 1984.
Fitzgerald, Robert (trans)  The Aeneid: Virgil. Vintage Classics, 1990.
Grene, David and R. Lattimore (eds.)  Greek Tragedies, vol. 3, 2nd ed.  Univ. of Chicago, 1991. 
Kenney, E.J. (trans.)  Apuleius: The Golden Ass.  Penguin, 1998. 
Lombardo, Stanley (trans.)  Iliad: Homer. Hackett, 1997.  
Various Authors.  The Western World: Penguin Course Reader

Grading Breakdown:

Attendance and Participation:                            20%
Midterm:                                                             20%
Final Exam:                                                        20%
Research Project:                                              40%       

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TOPICS COVERED

WEEKS 1-2

Homer’s Iliad

WEEK 3

Selections from Homer’s Odyssey, Hesiod, and Herodotus

WEEK 4

Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound; selections from Thucydides and Aristotle

WEEK 5

Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Euripides’ Bacchae and Alcestis

WEEK 6

Aristophanes: Lysistrata, Frogs, and Clouds

WEEKS 7-8

Selections from Plato’s dialogues

WEEK 9

Introduction to Roman Poetry

WEEKS 10-11

Virgil’s Aeneid, Pliny, Tacitus, Plutarch, and New Testament

WEEKS 12-13

Roman Novel: Petronius and Apuleius

WEEK 14

Saint Augustine