Honors | The Golden Age of Athens (CLAS)
C351 | 27084 | Matthew Christ


MW 2:30-3:45pm

This course seeks to introduce students to Athenian literature,
history, and culture in the second half of the fifth century B.C.,
the "Golden Age of Athens." In this period, Athens was a thriving
democracy  the world's first  and ruled over a naval empire.
Empire brought great wealth to the city and helped sustain a
remarkable flourishing of culture. We will explore this culture
through the tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides, the comedies of
Aristophanes, and the historical writing of Thucydides. We will seek
to understand how these writers reflect their cultural milieu and
how, directly or indirectly, they address the concerns and interests
of their contemporary audiences. Of particular interest will be how
they respond to the long and destructive Peloponnesian War (431-404
B.C.), in which the Athenians and their allies fought against the
Spartans and their supporters.

While the instructor will sometimes present short lectures, this is
primarily a discussion course.  Although the instructor will guide
discussion and ensure wide participation on the part of students,
the success of each class meeting will depend largely on how
carefully and thoughtfully students have prepared each day's
assignment. Students should come to class with specific questions
and comments concerning each day's readings. Daily class attendance
is required and will be factored into final grades; each student is
allowed two absences without penalty.

An important feature of this class will be paper-writing. During the
semester, students will write four 4-5 page double-spaced papers on
topics of their own choosing. (Note: Students enrolled in the honors
section of the course will also write a final research paper, 8-10
pages double-spaced, on a theme or issue of particular interest to
them.) These papers are meant to encourage students to think
analytically and creatively about the works we read together. Papers
should be outlined in advance and carefully executed; the final
product should be polished and represent the student's best efforts
to develop a thesis that engages in an interesting way with one or
more work. In keeping with the importance of these papers, final
grades will be based largely on them. While students are meant to
comply with the due dates for each paper, extensions will be granted
under special circumstances (illness, academic hardship, etc.). Any
paper turned in must be wholly the student's own work, in keeping
with the University's rules governing academic honesty.

Required Texts:
T. Martin, Ancient Greece, New Haven, 1996.
Thucydides,The Peloponnesian War,  trans. by Crawley, New York, 1982.
	
Sophocles I, ed. Grene and Lattimore, Chicago, 1954.
Euripides III, ed. Grene and Lattimore, Chicago, 1958.
Aristophanes: Acharnians, Clouds, Lysistrata, trans. by Sommerstein,
Penguin, 1973.
Aristophanes: Wasps, The Poet and the Women, Frogs, trans. by
Barrett, Penguin, 1964.
Aristophanes: Knights, Peace, Birds, Assemblywomen, Wealth,  trans.
by Barrett and Sommerstein, Penguin, 1978.

Grading:
Papers:  4 x 20% each = 80%
Attendance and Participation = 20%

Note: there is no "extra credit" in this course.

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Grading for honors section:
	Regular Papers:  4 x 15% each = 60%
	Final Paper = 20%
	Attendance and Participation = 20%


Office Hours: M 4-5:15 p.m. and by appt., BH 548  email: mrchrist