The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Karl Galinsky

ProfessorPh.D., Princeton

Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor, Department of Classics; University Dist. Teaching Prof.
Karl Galinsky



Greco-Roman antiquity; classical heritage of America; memory studies


FieldsRoman Literature and Civilization


Most recent award:


Max-Planck International Research Prize in Humanities





CTI 310 • Introduction To Ancient Greece

34533 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm ART 1.102
(also listed as C C 301)

The course will survey the highlights of Greek civilization and follow the basic format that was revamped last year:

CTI 375 • Values/Leader In Ancient World

34280 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 0.128
(also listed as C C 348)

Before Flags were instituted at UT, I offered a course on “Leadership and Values in Greece and Rome” several times.

Course objective: discussion of some major Greco-Roman texts from the perspective of leadership and values. I’ll retool the course to meet the requirement that "at least one-third of the course grade must be based on work in practical ethics, i.e., the study of what is involved in making real-life ethical choices."We’ll connect this with the ancient readings, e.g., with reference to Homer: Hector’s dilemma and modern analogies; mass destruction of civilians and the concept of the just war; contingent truths and veracity in everyday life (Odysseus).  Further, the Ajax dilemma (Paul Woodruff’s book); ethics in government (Plato [and “the noble lie”]).  Aeneid:  conflict between the pursuit of happiness and responsibility to a larger group; the ethics of ending a personal relationship (Dido/Aeneas).  Plus the old conundrums of Antigone and Socrates’ trial, and more.  No shortage of material and modern applications, definitely.


James M. Burns, Leadership (1978)

Homer, Iliad (transl. R. Fagles)

Plato, Republic (transl. B. Jowett)

Thucydides (transl. R. Warner)

Cicero, Republic and Laws (transl. N. Rudd)

Augustus, Res Gestae (ed. by A. Cooley)

Vergil, Aeneid (transl. R. Fitzgerald)

Selections from P. Woodruff, The Ajax Dilemma (2011)


There will be two writing assignments of some 5,000 words each (approx. 10 pages, double-spaced, standard margins).  Students will be required to hand in a draft ahead of time; the draft will NOT count as a separate writing activity. 35% writing assignments; 25% class participation; 40% exams midterm and final

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