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LECTURES, FILMS, AND READINGS


Week 1 (Jan. 20-22)

(1) Jan. 20: Introduction and overview
        Lecture 1 Images
(2) Jan. 22: 
Troy - legends and archaeology
        Lecture 2 Images
Reading:  Morkot, 22-37


Week 2 (Jan. 25-29)

(3) Jan. 25:The Iliad: main characters and issues
        Lecture 3 Images
Reading: Iliad,  Books 1, 6, 9, 16, 22, 24 (in course packet)
        Guide to the Iliad Readings
(4) Jan. 27: Iliad cont'd; basic discussion points

SCREENING: Troy (2004); run time: 2 hrs., 42 mins.
      
(5) Jan. 29: Not quite the Pitts: The movie and Homer’s poem; alternatives?
       
Lecture 5 Images
Reading:
Op-eds on Troy by Karl Galinsky and Tom Palaima, UT Classics professors (click on each name for their respective op-ed)


Week 3 (Feb. 1-5)

(6) Feb. 1: The Odyssey and its times
        Lecture 6 Images
Reading: Odyssey, Books 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 22, 23 (and as many more on your own as you’d like); Morkot 48-55
 
(7) Feb. 3:
Odysseus (Ulysses) &Co. and the Odyssey
        Lecture 7 Images

SCREENING:
The Odyssey (w/ Armand Assante et al., 1997); run time: 2 hrs., 45 mins.
        Questions to Consider

(8) Feb. 5:
From Homer to the screen: action/adventure, characters, or both?
Cf. Ulysses (1954) w/ Kirk Douglas

Week 4 (Feb. 8-12) 

(9) Feb. 8: Updating myth and the Odyssey for modern times
Reading:
Re-read Odyssey Book 9, 10, 11; also, read Book 12; Poems by Dante, Tennyson, and Cavafy (in Course Packet)
                                                
(10) Feb. 10:  O brother: combining Hercules and Odysseus
  Reading: Selections from G. Waldrop, A Dozen Tough Jobs (1989, in Course Packet)

SCREENING: O Brother, Where Art Thou (w/George Clooney; dir. Joel Coen, 2000); run time: 1 hr. 46 mins.

(11) Feb. 12: Discussion of O Brother and REVIEW SESSION
        


Week 5 (Feb. 15-19)

Feb. 15:
EXAM #1
Key to multiple choice questions
     
(12) Feb. 17: Problematizing the issues (such as the Trojan War): Greek tragedy
           Lecture 12 images

Reading: Morkot 58-59; Sophocles, Oedipus (in Course Packet)    

SCREENING: Iphigenia (1977); run time: 2 hrs., 7 mins.


(13) Feb. 19: Greek drama on and off the screen
EXAMS WILL BE RETURNED AND DISCUSSED TODAY. Please pick them up.
        


Week 6 (Feb. 22-26)

(14) Feb. 22: Hercules
            Lecture 14 Images
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Reading: Morkot 60-61; Kirk, Myth, 252-261 (in Course Packet); "Herakles" (in Course Packet)

(15) Feb. 24: Updating Hercules
            Lecture 15 Images

SCREENING: Hercules (Disney 1997); run time: 1 hr., 33 mins.

(16) Feb. 26: Hercules - discussion; Timeline: Greece in the fifth century


Week 7 (March 1-5)

(17) March 1: Greece in the 5th century: Athens
            Lecture 17 Images
Reading: Morkot 62-85

(18) March 3: Greece in the 5th century: Athens and Sparta compared
            Lecture 18 Images
Reading:  "Sparta" (in Course Packet); "Thermopylae" (in Course Packet)

SCREENING: 300 (2007); run time: 1 hr., 57 mins.

(19) March 5: QUIZ; Straight from the Comic Book: Leonidas as the Brave Contra and Xerxes as the Bondage Queen
          
            KEY TO QUIZ


Week 8 (March 8-12)

(20) March 8: What starts here changes the world (for real) - Alexander the Great - I
            Lecture 20 Images
Reading:
Morkot 106-125

(21) March 10: Alexander the Great - II
            Lecture 21 Images
Reading: "Alexander the Great" (in Course Packet)

SCREENING:  Alexander (w/Colin Farrell; dir. Oliver Stone, 2004); run time: 2 hrs., 47 mins.

(22) March 12: A better way to do Alexander? Also, review session


Week 10 (March 22-26)

PLEASE PICK UP COURSE PACKET #2 FROM ABELS COPIES.

March 22: EXAM #2
Key to MC questions
            
(23)  March 24: On to Rome - historical survey
            Lecture 23 Images
Reading: Kamm 1-11, 101-127

SCREENING: Spartacus (w/ Kirk Douglas, dir. Stanley Kubrick; 1960); run time: 3 hrs., 17 mins.


(24) March 26: Spartacus: historical context and modern message
Reading: "Spartacus" (in Course Packet, 1-29); materials on slavery and freedmen (in Course Packet, 31-42)
EXAM #2 WILL BE RETURNED TODAY


Week 10 (March 29 - April 2)

(25) March 29: Caesar, Cleo, and their times   
            Lecture 25 Images
Reading: Kamm 37- 60; Suetonius, Julius Caesar (in Course Packet)

(26)  March 31:
Cleo and friends
            Lecture 26 Images
Reading: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

SCREENING: Cleopatra (w/Eliz. Taylor, Richard Burton; dir. J. Mankiewicz, 1963); run time: 3 hrs., 20 minutes tonight (to be continued in class Apr. 2)

(27) April 2:
Remainder of Cleopatra screened in class



Week 11 (April 5 - 9)

(28) April 5: Caesar and Cleopatra in real life and the movies
            Lecture 28 Images

Reading: “Cleopatra” (in Course Packet)

(29) April 7: The Ben Hur Phenomenon
      
SCREENING: Ben Hur (1959); run time: 3 hrs. (thru the chariot race) tonight; remainder screened Apr. 9.

(30) April 9: Remainder of Ben Hur screened in class


Week 12 (April 12 - 16)
 

(31) April 12: Hollywood's favorite emperors and the world of Ben Hur; review session
            Lecture 31 Images

(32) April 14:The Passion of the Christ: the controversy. Christ on the screen and the Romans as heavies
              Lecture 32 Images
             Reading: The four New Testament accounts of the passion (= the suffering) of Jesus Christ (in Course Packet;)
              Mel Gibson's take on the movie (on web)

SCREENING:
The Passion of the Christ (dir. Mel Gibson, 2004); run time 2 hrs., 6 mins.

April 16:  EXAM #3 (will not include Lecture 32 and related materials)
Key to MC questions

Lecture at 4 PM in MEZ 1.306: Prof. Peter Wiseman (J.K. Rowling's teacher at the Univ. of Exeter) on
"Historical memory in Rome: Theory and Practice
"


Week 13 (April 19 - 23)

(33) April 19: The Passion of the Christ and the Roman Context
               Lecture 33 Images

Reading: Kamm 74-100; "The Historical Figure of Jesus" (in Course Packet)

(34) April 21: Romans and Christians

SCREENING: The Da Vinci Code (2006); run time: 2 hrs., 29 mins.

(35) April 23: Truth and fiction in The Da Vinci Code

Reading: Course Packet: "Beginnings" (from Christianity and Roman Society); Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code, chapters 55, 56, 58; "The Other Gospels"


Week 14 (April 26-30)

(36) April 26: Discussion of Da Vinci Code; quiz preparation
Bring Course Packet and Kamm, The Romans, to class
         
(37) April 28: QUIZ; Good emperors and gladiators
Lecture 37 Images
Answer key

SCREENING: Gladiator (2000); run time: 2 hrs., 35 mins.

(38) April 30: All you ever want to know about gladiators
               
Lecture 38 Images

Reading: “Gladiators and Games” (in Course Packet)
                        Kamm, pp. 63-73, 182-190


Week 15 (May 3 - May 7)

(39) May 3: Discussion of Gladiator and its American resonances

(40) May 5: End games; preview of Test IV; course evaluation (please bring #2 pencils) 
           
May 7: Exam #4
Key to MC questions


Supplementary Images
    Roman Religion
    Isis
    Pax Romana
Recent books on Rome and America


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01/13/2010
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