Humanities 1: The Foundations of Western Civilization — Israel and Greece

Winter 2017


Course Requirements


Antony Lyon

Email: alyon@ucsd.edu

Office Hours: W 12-2, or by appt @ Galbraith 184



Lecture: MWF 10-10:50a @Pepper Canyon 109

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus (First Day Version)

Required Texts

(B) Books that can be purchased from the PC Bookstore

  • Homer, Odyssey, trans. Fagles (Penguin)
  • Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. George (Penguin)
  • New Oxford Annotated Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
  • The Complete Plays of Sophocles, trans. Bagg & Scully (Harper Perennial)
  • Plato, Gorgias, trans. Waterfield (Oxford)

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation — 10%
  • Weekly Assignments — 5%
  • Paper 1 (Diagnostic) — 0% (Due 1/13)
  • Paper 2 — 10% (Due 2/1)
  • Paper 3 — 20% (Due 2/22)
  • Paper 4 — 20% (Due 3/13)
  • Final Exam — 35%
    • Exam Essay Questions

Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.


Class Schedule

  • 1/9 — Introduction to the Humanities
  • 1/11 — Homer & The Trojan War (Odyssey, Bk1-4)
  • 1/13 — The Hero Odysseus (Odyssey, Bk5-9)
  • 1/16 — No Class, Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • 1/18 — Barbarians, Civilization, & Utopia (Odyssey, Bk10-14)
  • 1/20 — The Oikos (Odyssey, Bk15-19)
  • 1/23 —  Restoration (Odyssey, Bk20-24)
  • 1/25 — Myths of the Great Flood (Gilgamesh, p1-54)
  • 1/27 — The Hero Gilgamesh (Gilgamesh, p54-100)
  • 1/30 — Writing Workshop
  • 2/1 —  Who Wrote the Hebrew Scriptures?  (Genesis 1-11)
  • 2/3 — Creation & The Fall (Genesis 12-24)
  • 2/6 — Abraham & Jacob (Genesis 25-50)
  • 2/8 —  Exodus: Out of Slavery (Exodus 1-15)
  • 2/10 —  The Hero Moses (Exodus 16-25, 32-34, Deuteronomy 34)
  • 2/13 — The Kingship (1 Samuel)
  • 2/15 —  David's Kingdom (2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1-3)
  • 2/17 —  The Prophets (Jonah)
  • 2/20 — No Class, Presidents' Day
  • 2/22 — Athenian Democracy (*Thucydides, Course Reserves)
  • 2/24 —  Reading Oedipus (Sophocles, Oedipus the King)
  • 2/27 — The Real Tragedy of Oedipus
  • 3/1 —  The Damage of War (Sophocles, Aias)
  • 3/3 —  Alone Always in Pain (Sophocles, Philoktetes)
  • 3/6 — Philoktetes continued
  • 3/8 —  Plato 101 (Plato, Gorgias, p3-38)[Ladder slide]
  • 3/10 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 1 (Gorgias, p39-64)
  • 3/13 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 2 (Gorgias, p65-100)
  • 3/15 — The Pleasant & the Good, Pt 3 (Gorgias, p101-135)
  • 3/17 — Conclusions
  • 3/24 — Final Exam, 8-11a

Complementary Course Materials

Odyssey retold

Gilgamesh

Hebrew Scriptures


Additional Information

Academic Integrity Policy
The UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship must be observed for this course. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following: turning in another student’s paper as if it was your own; collaboration with another student in writing the paper; quoting, paraphrasing, or borrowing ideas from published or unpublished material written by someone other than yourself, without specific acknowledgment of the source. In the Humanities Program, you are to write papers entirely on your own study of the assigned materials, NOT on secondary sources of any kind.

Students agree that by taking this course all required essays will be subject to text-similarity review on Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted essays will be included as source documents in the turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of essays. Use of turnitin.com is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on its website.

Additional Information
If you need accommodation for disability or religious reasons, please see me as soon as possible so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.

For information about Revelle College’s Humanities Program, including help with writing, administrative information, and schedules, please visit the program’s website.