Humanities 2: Rome, Christianity, and the Middle Ages
Wed 12-2 or by appt @ Galbraith 184
Lecture: TuTh, 9:30-10:50 @ Peterson 110
Course Syllabus (update 4/24)
All information, including lecture slides, handouts, and essay prompts will be posted on TritonEd.
You are required to use the selected translations & editions of the text. Books can be purchased at the PC Bookstore:
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life, trans. Costa (Penguin Great Ideas)
Virgil, Aeneid, trans. Fagles (Penguin)
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe, trans. Melville (Oxford)
The New Oxford Annotated Bible [or any New Revised Standard Translation]
Augustine, The Confessions, trans. Boulding (Vintage)
Beowulf: A Verse Translation, trans. Heaney (Norton Critical Edition)
Dante, The Portable Dante, trans. Musa (Penguin)
Humanities Program Writing Handbook
Paper 1—15% (Posted 4/5, Due 4/19)
Paper 2—20% (Posted 4/24, Due 5/10)
Paper 3—20% (Posted 5/15, Due 5/29)
Exam Essay Questions (Posted 6/5)
Technology Policy. The use of laptops, tablets, & smartphones is not permitted in lecture and discussion section. Accommodations can be made on case-by-case basis, please discuss with the professor.
Grade Policy. Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.
Class SchedulE 2018
4/3 — Introduction: Rome, the Eternal City
4/5 — Stoics: The Life of Virtue
Seneca, “On the Shortness of Life” (p1-33)
4/10-12 — The Roman Epic
Virgil, Aeneid—Bk I, II, III (655-829), IV, V (663-972), VI, VIII (716-858), X (1-138, 516-634, 901-1079), XII
4/17-19 — Epicureans: In a Material World
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe—Bk1 (1-172, 215-249, 265-345, 418-502, 599-614, 921-1040), Bk2 (1-141, 216-263, 644-660, 1048-1175), Bk3 (31-176, 258-358, 830-1094), Bk4 (1058-1287), Bk5 (925-1457), Bk6 (1-41, 1090-1286)
4/24 — The Historical Jesus
4/26 — Jesus, Teacher & Doer of Wondrous Signs
The Gospel of Mark
5/1-3 — A Theological Life of Jesus
The Gospel of John
5/8-10 — Paul & the Early Christian Community
Acts 1-11.26, 15.1-29, & 17.16-34
Galatians & I Corinthians
5/15-17 — Augustine, A Seeker
Augustine, Confessions—Bk I-VII, VIII (p153-69), IX (p187-96), X (p223-35)
5/22-24 — The Last Hero: An Anglo-Saxon Elegy
5/29-6/7 — The love that moves the sun and the other stars
Dante, Inferno—Cantos I-XIX
Purgatory—Cantos I-III, XVII, XXVI-XXXI
Paradise—Cantos XVII, XXIV-XXVI, XXX-XXXIII
6/12 — Final Exam: Tuesday 8-11
Complementary Course Materials
Stoicism Today (home of the annual Stoic Week)
Massimo Pigliucci’s Projects
Emily Wilson (translator of the Odyssey and Seneca) on Stoicism from The Daily Stoic
Epicurus' Cure for Unhappiness by Monte Johnson
The Historical Jesus
Non-Canonical Gospel: Gospel of Thomas
Nicene Creed, which establishes the Trinity as the orthodox interpretation of Jesus' personage
"Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant," Carmine Gallo, Inc.com, April 25, 2018
Video Explanation: Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Alex Gendler on TED-Ed
Benjamin Bagby performs Beowulf in the original (website)
"Dante Turns Seven Hundred and Fifty," John Kleiner, New Yorker, May 20, 2015
A different reading from Dante's of last adventure of Odysseus/Ulysses: Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses"
Check out "The World of Dante" -- a website with lots of information about the Divine Comedy, including maps of Hell to help you organize what's happening.
Infernal Topography -- an interactive map of the Inferno
Academic Integrity Policy
TheUCSD 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 explicit acknowledgment of the source. In the Humanities Program, you are to write papers based on your own study of the assigned materials, not on secondary sources.
Inclusion & Accommodation
I value an inclusive classroom environment in which everyone shows respect to each other as persons and scholars. 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 the Humanities Program at Revelle College, visit the program’s website.