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  Readings should be completed prior to the class period
for which they are assigned. Students are responsible for
any and all changes made to the syllabus during the semester.
Additional readings will be added.


Week 1      Week 2      Week 3      Week 4        Week 5

Week 6      Week 7      Week 8      Week 9        Week 10

Week 11    Week 12    Week 13    Week 14      Week 15





Week 1

9/2 Introduction. Early Human History and the First Civilizations


9/4 Gilgamesh, Eden, and the Origins of Civilization

Readings:

Primary Sources:



Week 2

9/9 Hittites, Hebrews, Assyrians and Persians- the Evolution of
Near Eastern Civilization.

Readings:

  • Perry, 18-28; OT selections

Primary Sources

handouts

9/11 Snake Goddesses and Homeric Heroes:
Civilization Reaches Europe

Readings:

  • Perry, 39-42; Iliad and Odyssey


Week 3


9/16 Man is a Political Animal- Rise of the Polis


Readings:

  • Readings: Perry, 42-46; Lycurgus, Thucydides, Hesiod

9/18 Greek Religion and Values


Readings:



Week 4

9/23 Women, Slaves, Mules and Sophists- The Fifth Century


Readings:

  • Perry, 48-52, 56-59; 65-69

9/25 Useless Questions, Self-knowledge, and the Cave


Readings:

  • Perry, 59-65


Week 5

9/30 “Revolution Thus Ran Its Course From City to City, . . .“
The Breakdown of the Polis


Readings:

  • Perry, 52-53; Thucydides

10/2 Alexander Cuts the Gordian Knot


Readings:

  • Perry, 53-54, 70-81


Week 6

10/7 Elephants over the Alps, Pyrrhic Victories, and a Roman Lake


Readings:

  • Readings: Perry, 82-89

10/9 Lucretia and the XII Tables: Virtue and Law in Early Rome


Readings:

  • Perry, 91-92


Week 7

10/14 Rome Crosses its Own Rubicon- Crisis and Revolution


Readings:

  • Perry, 92-97

10/16 The Last of the Old Romans?


Readings:

  • Perry, 97-108


Week 8

10/21 “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
Rome in the Principate and the Crisis of the Third Century.


Readings:

  • Perry, 108-111

10/23 A New Religion, a New Capital, a New Society?


Readings:

  • Perry, 111-118


Week 9

10/28 Jerusalem and Athens- What has Salvation to do with the World?


Readings:

  • Perry, 119-136

10/30 The Prophet, Veils, Peoples of the Book,
and the Survival of Empire


Readings:

  • Perry, 138-143


Week 10

11/4 Wergeld, the Consolation of Philosophy, and the Roman Shepard Gregory I, Clovis, Emmeram, and a Sacred Landscape


Readings:

  • Perry, 143-148

11/6 Charlemagne and the Making of Europe


Readings:

  • Perry, 148-152


Week 11

11/11 Lords, Vassals: Freedom, Service and Obligation


Readings:

  • Perry, 152-154

11/13 Manors, Fairs, Merchants, and the Rise of Towns


Readings:

  • Perry, 154-160


Week 12

11/18 Monks, Saints, Popes, and St. Peter’s Keys


Readings:

  • Perry, 164-173

11/20 “How to live in this world, but for the next?” Patron saints,
Crusades, investiture, and marriage.


Readings:

  • Perry


Week 13

11/25 Heloise and the Doctors


Readings:

  • Perry, 176-186

11/27 The Tomb, the Light, and the Troubadours


Readings:

  • Perry, 186-186-189


Week 14

12/2 Rats, Plague, and Dislocation:
Social and Economic Reorganization


Readings:

  • Perry, 189-191, 260-266, 195-200

12/4 New Worlds and New Monarchies: Reexamining Authority


Readings:

  • Perry, 236-239, 254-260


Week 15

12/9 Schisms, Mystics and Reformers


Readings:

  • Perry, 191-194, 218-234

12/11 Beatrice, Lucretia, and Mona Lisa


Readings:

  • Perry, 194-195, 204-218
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