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HISTORY 140/141*SPRING,2015 WESTERN CIVILIZATION FROM ANTIQUITY TO 1660 PROFESSOR CAROL SYMESE-MAIL:SYMES@ILLINOIS.EDUOFFICE:433B GREGORY HALLDROP-IN OFFICE HOURS:MONDAYS 2:30-4:30&BY ACCIDENT OR APPOINTMENTLECTURES:MONDAYS &WEDNESDAYS AT 10AM *212GREGORY HALLWITH THE ASSISTANCE OFAgata Chmiel * Ethan Larson * Kent Navalesi SYLLABUS
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SYMES:HISTORY 140/141SYLLABUS 2 WEEK IGETTING STARTED:Please read this syllabus carefully and follow the instructions for accessing the course website and registering your i>clicker. Section meetings will begin in Week II. 21 January Put Yourself in the Picture: Facts, Interpretations, and Historical Narratives NOTE:Beginning in Week II, you should be prepared to discuss the assigned readings in section. You will also get more out of the week’s lectures if you’ve done the reading beforehand, over the weekend. For more on howto read for this course, see page 7 of this syllabus.WEEK II COLE &SYMES,CHAPTER 1: “Early Civilizations” PERSPECTIVES,PAGES XXV &5-31:Where to Begin?+excerpts from Atrahasis, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Code of Hammurabi, and letters of Babylonian royal women ONLINE SOURCE FOR FURTHER REFERENCE:the full text of Hammurabi’s Code SECTION DISCUSSION: women in ancient Babylon laws vs.letters? 26 January How Do We Know? A Comparative Look at Mesopotamia and Egypt 28 January Voices in Clay, Voices of Stone: Agency, Authority, and Law WEEK IIICOLE &SYMES,CHAPTER 2:Peoples, Gods, and Empires, 1700-500 B.C.E.PERSPECTIVES,PAGES 49-69:letter from the Hittite queen to Ramesses II, Herodotus on the Persians, laws from the Torah; see also the Hittite letter in COLE &SYMES,PAGE 53SECTION DISCUSSION:what were/are the sources of cultural identity? of difference? 2 February Cultures of the Bronze Age: Competition, Communication, Commerce4 February “Us” and “Them”: Forging and Contesting Group Identity WEEK IVCOLE &SYMES,CHAPTER 3: “The Civilization of Greece, 1000-400 B.C.EPERSPECTIVES,PAGES 85-91, 99-113, 123-127: Tyrtaeus and Xenophon comment on Spartan society, Herodotus on the last stand at Thermopylae, Thucydides’ accounts of Pericles’ funeral oration and the debate over Melos, excerpts from the Apologyof Socrates SECTION DEBATE:was Athenian imperialism compatible with Athenian democracy? 9 February The Polis and Its Enemies: Greeks vs.Persians, Greeks vs.Greeks 11 FebruaryThe Triumphs and Failings of Athenian DemocracyWEEK VCOLE &SYMES,CHAPTER 4:The Greek World Expands, 400-150 B.C.E.PERSPECTIVES, PAGES 130-155: excerpts from Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Politics,and Plutarch’sLife of Alexander; the philosophy of Epicurus and Epictetus on Stoicism SECTION DISCUSSION:how did Hellenistic values differ from those of classical Greece?
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