Humanities 2: Rome, Christianity, and the Middle Ages

Spring 2018

Course Requirements

Antony Lyon


Office Hours

Wed 11:30a-1:30p or by appt @ Galbraith 184

Lecture: TuTh, 9:30-10:50 @ Peterson 110

TA & Section Schedule

Course Syllabus forthcoming

All information, including lecture slides, handouts, and essay prompts will be posted on TritonEd.

Required Texts

In this course, you must 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

Course Requirements

  • Section/Participation—10%
  • Weekly Assignments—5%
  • 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)
  • Final Exam—30%
    • Exam Essay Questions (Posted 6/5)

Class Policies

  • Technology Policy. The use of laptops, tablets, & smartphones is not permitted in lecture and discussion section. Exceptions will be made by the professor on a case-by-case basis.
  • Grade Policy. Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.

Class SchedulE 2018

(*Reading assignments might change before Spring Quarter begins)

4/3 — Introduction

4/5 — Stoics: The Life of Virtue

  • Seneca, “On the Shortness of Life” (p1-33)

4/10-12 — Rome’s Epic: Founding the City of Man

  • Virgil, Aeneid—Bk I, IIIII (655-829), IVV (663-972), VIVIII (716-858), X (1-138, 516-634, 901-1079), XII

4/17-19 — Epicureans: In a Material World

  • Lucretius, On the Nature of the UniverseBk1 (1-172, 215-249, 265-345, 418-502, 599-614, 921-1040), Bk2 (1-141, 216-263, 644-60, 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 — Spiritual Salvation as Rome Falls

  • Augustine, Confessions—Bk I-VII, VIII (p153-69), IX (p187-96), X (p223-35)

5/22-24 — The Last Hero: An Anglo-Saxon Elegy

  • Beowulf (p3-78)

5/29-6/7 — The love that moves the sun and the other stars

  • Dante, Inferno—Cantos I-XIX
  • Inferno—Cantos XXVI-XXXIV
  • Purgatory—Cantos I-III, XVII, XXVI-XXXI
  • Paradise—Cantos XVII, XXIV-XXVI, XXX-XXXIII

6/12 — Final Exam: Tuesday 8-11

Complementary Course Materials


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 for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted essays will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of essays. Use of is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on its website.

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

Humanities Program

For information about Revelle College’s Humanities Program, including administrative information & schedules, please visit the program’s website.