HUMN 224-01 Are We Not Men? Patriarchy in Greek and Roman Antiquity
Wednesdays, 1-3.45, Chestnut 20B
Course Blog: http://arewenotmenrhetforreal.blogspot.com
Instructor: Dale Carrico, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Before and after class, and by appointment.
The societies of Greek, Roman, and Christian antiquity were conspicuously patriarchal. Homeric heroes made history and conquered death with great words and deeds in an aspirational fantasy of masculine agency. The Roman paterfamilias, perhaps patriarchy's most quintessential expression, centered around the authoritarian male head of the household who held an unquestionable power of life and death over his children, female relatives, and household slaves. But in philosophy and in poetry, in Greek tragedies and in Roman comedies, we find glimpses of a considerably richer and more complicated world of gendered relations, erotic imagination, and human possibility, we encounter profound anxieties, ambivalences, and resistances to patriarchal practices and prejudices. This course will examine these tensions. We will be reading from Sappho, Homer, Thucydides, Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Euripides, Cicero, Terence, Juvenal, Quintilian, Petronius as well as contemporary feminist and queer theorists and historians.
Course Requirements: Reading Notebook, Five Weekly Questions/Comments, Short Reading (2-3pp.), Workshop Worksheet, Midterm Paper (4-5pp.), Course Narrative (2pp.), Final Paper (6-7pp.)
Attendance Policy: Attendance and punctuality are expected. Necessary absences should be discussed in advance whenever possible.
Provisional Schedule of Meetings
Week One | 20 Introductions
Week Two | 27 Homer -- First and Last Chapters of the Iliad and an excerpt from Chapter IX posted on the blog.
Week Three | 3 Poems of Sappho (Post Close Reading before class)
Week Six | 24 Workshop
Week Seven | 2 Plato -- Symposium (Hand in first paper)
Week Nine | Spring Break
Week Ten | 23 Aristophanes -- Wasps
Week Eleven |30 Thucydides -- Book II (Preferably all of it, but at least read Pericles' Funeral Oration in Book II) from Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War
Week Twelve | 6 Terence -- Eunuchus; Cicero -- Philippics; Hortensia -- in the Forum
Supplement: Cicero, Against Cataline
Supplement: Cicero, Against Cataline
Week Thirteen | 13 Marcus Cicero -- Commentariolum Petitionis; Suetonius -- Caligula; and Juvenal -- Satires
Week Fourteen | 20 Petronius -- Trimalchio's Feast from Satyricon (The link takes you to Chapter Six -- keep reading through Chapter Ten.)
Week Fifteen | 27 Workshop for the Final Paper
Week Sixteen | 4 Concluding Remarks Final Papers Due
Grades will be determined by the following numerical breakdown:
60-73: D / Failure
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