Greek Civilization

Spring 2007

How to contact the current instructor for Greek civilization? The instructor works part time and is on campus Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Office hours (Mood Bridwell 223) are one hour before class or by appointment, call 863-1554. ABOUT EMAIL: EMAIL ONLY GETS CHECKED MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY during normal working hours (8 am-5 pm). Do not expect that an email sent at 1 or 2 am will generate a response. Email seems to be a vehicle for many people as an opportunity to spew forth garbage, anger, or frustration. Please refrain from these emails--you may want to hold any emails for twenty four hours before sending them. The instructor PREFERS TO TALK TO STUDENTS INDIVIDUALLY or to READ HANDWRITTEN NOTES from them. Please take the time to make an appointment so we can get to know one another. It is really good that we respect one another and have professional discussions!

Greek Civilization. We examine and appreciate Greek civilization from its beginnings in the eastern world to its demise at the hands of Rome. We look at the only democracy--other than ours--to last over one hundred years. We explore the art, literature, and philosophy that still speaks to us and has meaning for us after two thousand years.



  1. "Ancient Greece--a Political, Social, and Cultural History," by Sarah Pomeroy, Stanley Burstein, Walter Donlan, and Jennifer Roberts. Abbreviated as: Anct Gr.
  2. "Classics in Translation," by MacKendrick and Howe. Abbreviated as" Mack.
  3. "Ten Greek Plays," by Lind. Abbreviated as "Ten Plays."
EXAMINATIONS. There are three examinations in this course. They have all been listed since the first day of the course. Make up exams are the RARE exception, not the rule, and are allowed only at the discretion of the instructors; such matters must be arranged in writing no fewer than forty-eight hours in advance of the regularly scheduled exam time. Only extreme, valid, documented emergencies are the exception to this rule. We have an honor code at Southwestern; it has always seemed unfair to your instructor that your inability to plan should give you an advantage over other students.
Exam Number One is February 12
Exam Number Two is March 23
Exam Number Three is April 27

TEN-FIFTEEN PAGE PAPER. This paper (paper topic due Feb. 21, rough draft due Mar. 9), due Mar. 30, is on an ancient work of literature illustrating aspects of Greek civilization. The topic, selected by the student, must be approved by the instructor in advance. It may not be, so do not ask, on any piece of literature assigned for course readings at any time during the course.Deadlines are firm, penalities assessed for each day late as well as for improper or incomplete footnote or bibliography forms. One day ends and another begins at 5 p.m., so 5 points late for each day rough draft, 10 points each day late for final draft. Ten points deducted for improper or incomplete bibliography; ten points deducted for improper or incomplete footnotes. Intellectual honesty is a path worth following.

JOURNAL. Assigned readings, marked by an asterisk (*) on the syllabus provide the material for the journal. Each journal entry contains:
GROUP PROJECT. Students form groups of 2 or 3 to prepare a group project due the last three class meetings. The project will explore any aspect of Greek civilization not covered in class or a more in-depth look at an aspect of a subject in class. Each group will make a presentation of the project to class. Each group must provide an annotated bibliography with their presentation. They may present a power-point, or they may write and perform an original piece inspired by the class. Attendance is MANDATORY for all students at these classes--support your friends!  The group topic is due April 9; the group projects are the last week of class.

ATTENDANCE.  Students are expected  to attend class.  Lectures and discussions are not re-runs of assignments.  Grade for preparation/class participation will be based upon attendance and upon participation in class discussion; class discussion means"quality" rather than "quantity."  Class participation should reveal preparation.

Students should feel free to express their OWN opinions.  Greek civilization, like all ancient civilizations, is only partly understood--much  is missing and we make reasoned assumptions as to the rest.  The important thing to keep in mind is an attitude of respect for each other, our classmates, and the ancient Greeks.  For further information, consult the SU Academic Rights for students.

The dates on this segue page are carved in stone:  the daily assignments and sometimes the journal entries will change, but the dates here are firm. 

The plus and minus grading system in effected at Southwestern will be used for final grades. The ancients were absolute giants in terms of math, science, and natural philosophy unlike your merely mortal instructor. If you feel that the grades have been average incorrectly, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor. Semester percentage averages will translate to the following letter grades (anything below 60 if a failure):

Grade Inclusive % Range GPA POINTS
A+ 96.7-100 4.00
A 93.4-96.6 4.00
A- 90.0-93.3 3.67
B+ 86.7-89.9 3.33
B 83.4-86.6 3.00
B- 80.0-83.3 2.67
C+ 76.7-79.9 2.33
C 73.4-76.6 2.00
C- 70.0-73.3 1.67
D+ 66.7-69.9 1.33
D 63.4-66.6 1.00
D- 60.0-63.3 0.67











Wednesday Jan. 17 Topography, Bronze Age AnctGr 18-40
Friday Jan. 19 Bronze Age, Bronze Age Art AnctGr 18-40

Virtual Pylos Tour
Monday Jan. 22 Iron Age, history, art AnctGr 41-81
Wednesday Jan.24 Iliad Mack13-48; *Bk. V, pp. 24-28
Friday Jan. 26 Odyssey Mack 49-80
Monday Jan. 29 Archaic Greece AnctGr 82-109
Wednesday Jan. 31 Hesiod Mack *88-91
Friday Feb.2 Art, Arch., Lit AnctGr 109-130
Mack *Better part p.94, *Passion p.96 (just these short poems; one by Archilochus and by Sappho)
Monday February 5
Persian Wars

AnctGr 159-200
Mack*pp.121-122; pp.123-128 (note these pages are not marked with an asterisk--read this second set, but do not include them in journal),*Mack, pp.129-130.
Wednesday Feb. 7 Persian Wars

AnctGr 200-219 (not the Peloponnesian War bits)

***Please note that the journal is due no matter where we are in lectures!!
Friday Feb.9 Art, Arch.,, Lit
AnctGr 219-233
Mack*Pythian 1 (comment on this for your second journal), 5th Nemean, pp. 98-100

Monday February 12
EXAM Number One  
Wednesday Feb. 14 Persian Wars, politics and aftermath AnctGr 189-219
Friday Feb. 16 Art, Architecture, Literature AnctGr 219-233
Mack*Pythian 1 (comment on this for your second journal), 5th Nemean, pp. 98-100

This poem will be discussed in class; be prepared to DISCUSS IT.
Monday Feb. 19 Ancient Greek Life AntGr233-244

Discussion of Paper Topics; Click on "Paper Topic Approval" Tab for Paper Suggestions and Requirements
Wednesday Feb. 21 Tragedy
Aeschylus, "Agamemnon", in Ten Plays, read entire play, comment only on *lines 1372-1399, pp. 69-70
Paper Topic Due

Friday, February 23
Tragedy, part two Aeschylus, "Prometheus Bound," in Ten Plays, read entire play, comment only on *lines 1040-1053.

Monday, February 26
Intro. to Peloponnesian War
Classical Art and Architecture
AnctGr 246-273
Anct Gr 274-286

Wednesday, February 28


Anct Gr 274-286
Sophocles, "Antigone", in Ten Plays
Friday March 2 Tragedy
Euripides, "Suppliants", in Ten Plays

Monday March 5

Euripides, "Andromache," in Ten Plays
Class is cancelled so that you may attend the Brown Symposium. You are responsible for the readings.

Be prepared to discuss this play especially as regards the values, ethics, standards of the Periklean age
Wednesday March 7
Peloponnesian War

AnctGr 287-320
Mack "Old Oligarch" 223-230
Friday March 9 Classical Art and Architecture

Anct Gr 274-286
Monday Mar. 19 Thucydides
at 5pm

Mack 231-259; comment *on numbers 34-46, pp. 239-243 and on numbers 85-97, pp. 248-249.
Remember, this is actually Wednesday, March 21st's lecture.  Note there are no links--it means that it's DISCUSSION, so read Thycydides and review the old oligarch, for a different view.

Wednesday Mar. 21


Aristophanes, "Lysistrata", in Ten Plays, p. 365 ff.

****Comment in your next journal on the parabasis.
N.B.--this play not on exam number two.

Because of the Brown Symposium, this lecture is moved to Monday, March 26--we will be one lecture behind, just adjust the lectures accordingly.  THE JOURNALS, PAPERS, EXAMS, ARE ON THE SAME DATES!!!

Friday Mar. 23

Monday Mar. 26 Aftermath of War

This lecture is on Wednesday.

AnctGr 321-328
Mack *319-328
Wednesday Mar.28 Aftermath of War II

This lecture is on Friday.

Anct Gr 330-369
Mack*337-340, *369-388

Friday Mar. 30

Philip II

This lecture is on Monday, but the PAPER is STILL DUE TODAY!!!


AnctGr 371-393
Mack Demosthenes *286-296
Monday, April 2
Topography of Athens


learn pictures

Wednesday, April 4

Topography of Sanctuaries

learn pictures
Friday, Easter Break    
Monday Apr. 9 Sanctuaries, Delphi

learn pictures

Wednesday Apr. 11

Alexander, Alexander art

Anct Gr. 395-426

Friday Apr. 13


AnctGr 427-445
Monday Apr. 16 Cosmopolis AnctGr 446-458
Mack *Theokritos, First Idyll, pp. 101-102
*Meleager pp. 103-104

Wednesday Apr. 18

Hellenistic Art and Architecture

Anct Gr 458-460

Friday Apr. 20

Hellenistic Science

AnctGr 460-463
Mack *312-314 (Archimedes)
Monday Apr. 23 Hellenistic World
and Hellenistic Successors
Anct Gr 463-470 and

Wednesday Apr. 25

Epilogue--Rome victorious

Anct Gr 471-475

Friday Apr. 27

Monday Apr. 30 GROUP PROJECTS Attendance is Mandatory
Wednesday May 2 GROUP PROJECTS Attendance is Mandatory
Friday May 4 GROUP PROJECTS Attendance is Mandatory