Course Schedule

Please realize that even after the syllabus has been finalized, assignments and other specifics may change.  HONS1101 students are always encouraged to  watch the Announcements section of the course’s blackboard site and their emails, and to listen and make note of any changes as they are announced in class.

HONS1101 printable syllabus for Fall 2021

Please note that dates for tests and exams will be announced in class.

Origins – Cosmologies

Marduk and Tiamat
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Read before class:

  • Enuma Elish, The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Fourth Edition (henceforth Norton) 29-34
  • Enuma Elish, Tablet IV, Course Packet (henceforth CP) 1-3
  • Genesis, chapter 1, The Bible
  • Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days, Norton 34-42
  • Extracts from the Rig Veda, CP 4-7
  • The Great Hymn to Aten, Norton 24-28

 


The human condition

Endiku & Gilgamesh slaying the Bull of Heaven (a modern clay impression from an ancient cylinder seal - Neo-Assyrian, 8th/7th century B.C.)
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Read before class:

  • Genesis, chapters 2-4, 6-9 Bible
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh, Norton: 89-93 (Introduction); 93-98 (Tablet I lines 1-215); 102-104 (Tablet II lines 74-146); 137-41, 144-45 (Tablet XI lines 1-47, 99-182, 282-330)
  • Stela of Taimhotep, Norton 86-88
  • Egyptian Love Poems, Norton 70-75

Patriarchs and Exodus

Moses and the Red Sea. 3rd century fresco, Synagogue, Dura Europos
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Read before class:

  • Genesis, chapters 12, 15-18, 21-22, 37, 39-45, Bible
  • Exodus, chapters 1-15; 19-24 32:1-34:10, Bible
  • Deuteronomy, chapter 4, Bible
  • Semna Stele, Norton 879-881 

Buddhism

Buddha Sarnath Deer Park 4th century C.E
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Read before class:

  • Deer Park Sermon, CP 8-9
  • Fire Sermon, CP 10
  • Parable of the Arrow, CP 11-13
  • The Doctrine of No-Self, CP 14-18
  • The Jataka, Norton 1294-97, 1300-1303

Homer

Achilles, rendered in marble by George Rennie, 1826
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Read before class:

  • The Iliad, Norton 232-55, 272-89, 296-307, 318-24

Paper 1 due


Israel: Monarchy and prophecy

The coronation of David. Paris Psalter, Byzantine 10th century MS
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Read before class:

  • 1 Samuel, chapters 1-3, 8-10, 12, 16-18 Bible
  • 2 Samuel, chapters 7, 11-12 Bible
  • Amos Bible
  • Isaiah, chapters 1-2, 6, 9-11 Bible

Gita and Upanishads

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Read before class:

  • Katha and Chhândogya Upanishads CP 19-27
  • Bhagavad Gita, Norton 1276-94

Confucius

Scholar by waterfall Ma Yuan, c. 1200
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Read before class:

  • Analects in Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. I  (henceforth SCT), 41-63

Confucianism and Legalism

Xunzi
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Read before class:

  • Mencius, SCT 114-129
  • Xunzi, SCT 165-183
  • Han Feizi, SCT 199-203
  • The Sunzi, SCT 213-221

 Paper 2 due


Doaism and Mohism

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Read before class

  • Mozi, SCT 69-76, sections 16, 26, 27, 39
  • Daodejing, SCT 77-94, sections 1-4, 9-11, 13, 18, 19, 22, 29, 37, 38, 42, 43, 48, 56, 57, 65, 67, 70, 80, 81
  • Zhuangzi, SCT, 95-96, 101-107, 109-111

What is real? Philosophy before Socrates

Pythagoras
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Read before class:

  • Thales, Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy 2nd edition (henceforth AGRP) 1-2, numbers 1-5,
  • Anaximander, AGRP 2-3, numbers 1,2; Fragment, CP 28
  • Xenophanes, AGRP 8-9, numbers 1-11
  • Heraclitus, AGRP 9-13, numbers 1, 2, 10, 12, 18, 19, 21, 26, 27, 33, 34, 44, 45, 49, 50, 58, 59, 66,
  • Parmenides, AGRP 14-17, numbers 1, 3, 6-8
  • Democritus/Leucippus, AGRP 30-34, numbers 1, 2, 12-15, 18-21

The Babylonian Exile and Biblical Wisdom Literature

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Read before class:

  • 2 Kings, chapters 24-25, Bible
  • Jeremiah, chapters 1,7,11, 19, 20,26, 30-31,39, Bible
  • Isaiah, chapters 40-45, 51, 61, Bible
  • Ecclesiastes, Bible
  • Psalms 22, 27, 51, 62, 137, 147, Bible

Fall Break – No Classes

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


The Meaning of History

Acropolis at sunrise
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Read before class:

  • Herodotus, Histories, Norton 881-87
  • Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, CP 29-37
  • Sima Tan and Sima Qian, SCT 278-82, 370-72
  • 1 Kings chapters 3-12 Bible

Greek Tragedy

Medea & her golden chariot, as depicted by Germán Hernández Amores (around 1887 -- oil on canvas)
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Read before class:

  • Euripides, Medea, Norton 756-90

Paper 3 due


Second Temple Judaism

Maccabees - Illuminated Manuscript, Leiden, The Netherlands
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Read before class:

  • Ezra, chapter 1, Bible
  • Nehemiah, chapters 1, 2, 8, 13, Bible
  • Ruth, Bible
  • 1 Maccabees, chapters 1-2, Bible
  • 2 Maccabees, chapters 6-8, Bible
  • Daniel, chapters 1-3, 7, 12 Bible

Plato

The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Read before class:

  • Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, AGRP 52-85

Plato – Republic

The Cave
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Read before class:

  • AGRP 152-83 Books 1-4
  • CP 38-41 selections from Books 2 and 3

Plato – Republic

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Read before class:

  • AGRP 183-210, 230-37 Books 5-7,10

Aristotle: On knowing and the known

Aristotle, marble portrait bust, Roman copy (2nd century) of a Greek original (c. 325 B.C.E.) in the Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Read before class:

  • Posterior Analytics, AGRP 266 Book 1 section 2, first 5 paragraphs; 269-70 Book 2, section 19
  • Physics, AGRP 271-72 Book 2 section 1; 274 Book 2 section 3 first 5 paragraphs
  • De Anima, AGRP 288-89 Book 3 section 4
  • Metaphysics, AGRP 291-92 Book 1 section 1

Aristotle – What is the best way to live?

Alexander, National Archaeological Museum, Istanbul
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Read before class:

  • Nicomachean Ethics AGRP 310-16 Book 1 sections 1-5, 7, 9; 317-21 Book 2 sections 1, 3, 6; 339-40 Book 10 section 7
  • Nicomachean Ethics CP 42-45 Book 8 chapters 2-5
  • Politics AGRP 345-47 Book I section 2, Book III section 7; 349-51 Book IV section 11

Paper 4 due


Rome: from republic to empire

Vercingetorix Throws Down His Arms at the Feet of Julius Caesar (Oil on Canvas, Lionel Noel Royer, 1899)
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Read before class:

  • Livy: The History of Rome, CP 46-58; On Mucius, CP 59; On Cincinnatus, CP 62-63
  • Polybius, Histories, CP 64-66
  • Augustus, Res Gestae Divi Augusti, CP 64-66
  • Tacitus, Annals CP, 67-70
  • Seneca, AGRP 426-27 “On the Happy Life” IX; 429-32 “Moral Letters to Lucilius,” letters 76, 66, 95; 439-41 “On Providence” sections 4.6-4.11, 5.7-5.9,
  • Seneca “Epistle 47,” Norton 898-901

Roman Epic

The Meeting of Dido and Aeneas
Oil on Canvas, Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland (The Tate Museum, London)
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Read before class:

  • Vergil, Aeneid, Norton 926-47, 974-88, 1014-25
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses, Norton 1036-42, 1053-68

Roman Philosophy

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Read before class:

  • Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, AGRP 396-97section 1 lines 1-75; 401-402 section 2 lines 1-60; 407-409 section 3 lines 670-865; 421-22 section 5 lines 1105-1205.
  • Epictetus, The Handbook, AGRP 444-53 sections 1,2, 5, 6, 8-16, 22, 23, 31, 33, 41, 44, 48, 49, 51, 53,
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations AGRP 453-58
  • Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism, AGRP 465-68 Book 1 sections 1, 3, 4, 6, 10-12; 471-72, 475 Book 3 sections 3, 32

Han Dynasty

A Ming period (1368-1644) portrait of Sima Qian
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Read before class:

  • Introductory material, SCT 227-28, 283-84, 367-68
  • The Springs and Autumns of Mr Lu, SCT 235-41
  • Dong Zhongshu, SCT 292-310
  • Ban Zhao, Admonitions for Women, SCT 821-24

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 25, 2021


Christianity – Gospels

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Read before class:

  • The Gospel According to Luke, Bible
  • The Gospel According to John, chapters 1-3, Bible

Paper 5 due


Christianity: Paul

St. Paul, from the Grotto of St Paul in Ephesus c. 500
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Read before class:

  • First Letter to the Corinthians, Bible
  • Letter to the Galatians, Bible

Paper 6 due


Christianity, Judaism, and philosophy

Philo
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Read before class:

  • Philo, “On Creation,” CP 71-76
  • Justin Martyr, excerpt, CP 77
  • Justin Martyr, Second Apology, Readings in World Christian History, (henceforth WCH) 39-43, sections 6, 8, 10, 12-15
  • Tertullian, excerpts, CP 77-78
  • Origen, excerpt, CP 78
  • Origen, “On First Principles,” WCH 73-76
  • The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, WCH 53-57
  • Plotinus, selections, AGRP 480, 495-502

Christians and The Roman Empire

Catacomb gravestone of Firmia Victora 2nd-3rd century
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Read before class:

  • Letter of Pliny to Trajan, WCH 23-24
  • The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity, WCH 30-37
  • The Letter to Diognetus, CP 79
  • Justin Martyr, on eucharist CP 80-81
  • Celsus, On the true logos, CP 82-83