Legacy of Ancient Greece
Legacy - HNRS 1120
Instructor(s): Greg Lanier
It is almost impossible to understate the influence that the Ancient Greeks has had on western civilization. From our democratic system of government to the classical style of imposing architecture with white marble pillars to the very concepts of History, Philosophy, Poetry and Theatre, our daily lives are suffused with the legacy that stems primarily from the daily activities of a thriving population tucked in under the shadow of an imposing hill fortress, the famous Acropolis of Athens. This course will explore in depth the poetry, drama, history, and philosophy that has been handed to us as part of our heritage for hundreds of and hundreds of years.
Author Title Translator Publisher
Homer The Iliad Trans. Richmond Lattimore Chicago
Homer The Odyssey Trans. Richmond Lattimore Harper & Row
Aeschylus The Oresteia Trans. David Grene Chicago
Sophocles Sophocles I Trans. David Grene Chicago
Euripides Euripides V Trans. David Grene Chicago
Aristophanes Lysistrata Trans. Douglass Parker Mentor
Herodotus The Histories Trans. Aubrey de Sélincourt Penguin
Thucydides Peloponnesian War Trans. Rex Warner Penguin
Plato Last Days of Socrates Trans. Hugh Tredennick Penguin
Plato Symposium Trans. Benjamin Jowett Liberal Arts
You will complete two 4-5 page (1500-2000 words) papers during the semester; there will also be a midterm. Additionally, some Reaction Writings, which will be due before class starts on the specified day, and which are based on the daily readings, shall help you develop your critical thinking skills. The Final Project will be (your choice) of either a paper, a PowerPoint presentation (or equivalent) or a video that addresses one of the course’s major themes. Don’t worry about being “right” since there is never a single right answer to any question in the Humanities, but only weaker and stronger arguments.
About the Instructor(s): Greg Lanier
Dr. Greg Lanier, member of the Honors faculty, has been teaching Honors courses on Shakespeare, classical literature, and theatre for over 40 years.