HISTORY 300:  ANCIENT WORLD

FALL SEMESTER, 2012


I.  GUIDES AND ADMINISTRIVIA

    1.  SYLLABUS

    2.  GUIDE TO THE RESEARCH PAPER

        SOME SUGGESTIONS

    3.  READING GUIDES
            TAKING NOTES ON THE OUTSIDE READINGS
            THE ODYSSEY
            THE AENEID
                AENEID COMMENTARY
                EVALUATION OF VERGIL AND THE AENEID:  VALUABLE!
            KELLY, THE ROMAN EMPIRE

II.  IMAGES FROM LECTURE, JUST TO HELP
     a)  PREHISTORY AND MESOPOTAMIA
     b)  MINOAN AND MYCENAEAN GREECE
     c)  GREECE AFTER THE DARK AGES, THROUGH ALEXANDER

III.  GREECE
    a)  A MODERN HISTORIAN DISCUSSES THE GREEK MIND
    b)  ARCHILOCUS OF PAROS AND POST-DARK AGE GREECE
    c)  TYRTAEUS OF SPARTA AND THE POLIS
    d)  SPARTAN MARRIAGE CUSTOMS ACCORDING TO PLUTARCH
    e)  GREEK THOUGHT
            1.  AESCHYLUS, THE ORESTEIA
            2.  THE MILESIAN "SCIENTISTS" AND PLATO'S DOCTRINE OF IDEAS
            3.  PYTHAGORAS
    f)  ATHENS
            1.  THE REFORMS OF SOLON AS DESCRIBED BY PLUTARCH
            2.  PERICLES PRAISES ATHENS
    g)  ALEXANDER THE GREAT
            1.  ALEXANDER'S RELIGIOSITY
            2.  ALEXANDER TRIES TO PERSUADE HIS MEN TO CONQUER ALL OF ASIA
            3.  ALEXANDER'S LAST PLANS
            4.  ALEXANDER'S IMPACT

IV.  ROME--THE ROMAN REPUBLIC TO AUGUSTUS
    a)  ROMAN BRUTALITIES
    b)  ROME'S RELUCTANT (?) IMPERIALISM
    c)  THE PROBLEMATIC LOYALTIES OF THE ARMIES OF THE LATE REPUBLIC
    d)  AUGUSTUS AS VIEWED BY A NEAR CONTEMPORARY
    e)  AUGUSTUS AS HE WANTED TO BE REMEMBERED:  THE RES GESTAE

V.  THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    a)  CLAUDIUS EXTENDS THE SENATE TO NON-ITALIANS
    b)  DIOCLETIAN--ECONOMIC MEASURES
    c)  DIOCLETIAN--PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANITY 

    THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND CHRISTIANITY
    a)  THE SEARCH FOR SPIRITUAL MEANING
    b)  A CHRISTIAN REJECTS PAGAN PHILOSOPHY
    c)  ST. AUGUSTINE
    d)  SPIRITUALITY IN THE LATER ROMAN EMPIRE:  TEXT
                AND IMAGES