Why we spend time on the Greeks: The secular and rationalistic view of the world which has dominated
Western Culture originated in ancient Greece. Greeks certainly had myths, but society not structured
around them. Not-so-comfortable mixture of Greek rati
Lecture 1: Introduction
I - What is the purpose of this course?
- sense of shared culture, even if we dont look alike
- reading and thinking about unfamiliar material
- communication skills
- appreciation of differing views
II - What are the Humanities?
Empire: Geographically when you start taking over other territory. Politically when the belief of no
greater power on Earth exists.
Punic Wars: Between Carthage and Rome. First war over Sicily. Power shift in the Mediterranean world.
2nd Punic war began b
Couple centuries after Homer, Polis became primary political unit in Greece: A polis is a city state.
Centered on city, often on a hill so they could be defended easily. Usually controlled a rural hinterland.
Each one had a favorite god/goddess. Most had
What is the beginning of history? - By 30,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens were living in Asia, Africa,
Europe, the Americas and Australia. But their world can only be glimpsed through archeology. For our
historical purposes, we need written language, and that
Introduction: Rome and its eventual empire spread Hellenic culture west and north into Europe and
across north Africa. Romans not all that original, but good at taking other peoples ideas/techniques and
refining them. Politically, Rome and its eventual em
Origins of Drama: Started in Athens in the 500s BC. Performed in open-air amphitheater on hillside of
Acropolis. Started as religious rituals, associated with Dionysus.
Chorus: Originally, the whole drama was presented by chorus (up to 50 men). Chorus dan