Life in the Hellenistic City -- Readings


Terms and Concepts

 Due May 3: Review esp. the timeline in Shipley, Shipley Chapter 10, Pollitt Chapter 7. Be able to discourse eruditely on: What is a city? What is Hellenistic? What is a Hellenistic City?


Due April 26: Review Shipley Chapter 5, D. Potter's "Hellenistic Religion"; also Theokritos' Idyll II: The Sorceress, Apollonius' Argonautica/Jason and the Golden Fleece Book 3, Medea portions.
Read: Magical Papyri: Protective and Helpful Spells, Useful Spells for Everyday, Love Spells
Lucretius on the Worship of Cybele
Selection from Apuleius' Metamorphoses/The Golden Ass Book XI (this is worth reading in its entirety if you have the time; there are several translations available at UT)
Catullus 63: Attis
Hymn to Adonis in Theokritos' Idyll XV: Gorgo and Praxinoa

Due April 19: Read Shipley Chapters 5 (know esp 173 ff.) and 9 (you've already read 341-350). From Erskine, ed., D. Potter's "Hellenistic Religion." From R.W. Sharples. 1996. Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics. London: Routledge: "What About Other People?"
Two short extracts from Diogenes Laertius: Zeno and Theophrastus.
Explore about Archimedes and read the "Sand Reckoner: first 5 paragraphs and 5 assumptions.
Epicurus: Letter to Meoeceus, and the Main Doctrines, esp. 1-5.
Cleanthes' "Hymn to Zeus"
Epictetus' "Manual" (Enchiridion), 1-15

Due April 12: Read Pollitt Chapter 8. In Erskine, A., ed, read Chapters 13 and 19 (T.S. Scheer's "The Past in a Hellenistic Present: Myth and Local Tradition," and R. v. Bremen's "Family Structures"). S.E. Alcock's "The Heroic Past in a Hellenistic Present," in P. Cartledge, P. Garnsey, E. Gruen, eds. Hellenistic Constructs. Essays in Culture, History, and Historiography. Berkeley: University of California Press. Papyrus texts concerning daily life situations from Bagnall & Derow.

Review Menander's Dyskolos;
Theokritos's Idylls II: The Sorceress, XXIV: Young Herakles, XV: Gorgo and Praxinoa
Herondas's mimes: I: The Procuress; II: Pedagogy

Due April 5: SCHEDULE CHANGE: Read Pollitt Chapter 7, Shipley Chapter 10. B. Tsakirgis's "Morgantina: A Small Town in Sicily." Emma Dench's "Beyond Greeks and Barbarians: Italy and Sicily in the Hellenistic Age." from A. Erskine, ed. Erich Gruen's "Philhellenism: Culture and Policy," from Gruen, E. 1984. The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome, vol. 1. Berkeley: University of California Press.

View Syracuse images. Poseidonia (Paestum): Tomb of the Diver paintings. Akragas (Agrigento) -- scroll down to list, beginning with Hellenistic-Roman Quarter, click on highlighted number for image. Also plans.

Due March 29: In Pollitt: Review Chapter 1, read Appendices II and III. Review Kallimachos, Lock of Berenike; Theokritos Idyll XV: Gorgo and Praxinoa. Selection of original texts and inscriptions on ruler cult from Bagnall and Derow. From A. Erskine, ed.:John Ma's "Kings," Angelos Chaniotis' "The Divinity of Hellenistic Rulers." "The Hellenistic Period: Women in a Cosmopolitan World," from E. Fantham et al. 1994. Women in the Classical World. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Not required this week, but available because of Monday's discussion: Erich Guen's Jews and Greeks, from A. Erskine, ed..


Read in Erskine, A., ed., Chapters 14, 20, 23 and 22 (available as Space and Geography, The Economy, Piracy and the Slave Trade, and Warfare). Selection from Casson, L. 1994 Ships and Seafaring in Ancient Times. London: British Museum Press. Delos (click on purple dots for views).

Due March 8: Read Shipley Chapter 7. Finish Argonautica/Jason and the Golden Fleece -- as you do, worry less about the mythological digressions and stories, and concentrate more on such issues as urbanization, multiculturalism and travel relevant to this course. Concentrate on Book 3.
Joan Burton, Theocritus's Urban Mimes, Chapter 4 and Conclusion.
Menander's Dyskolos;
Theokritos's Idylls I: Thyrsis, II: The Sorceress, XXIV: Young Herakles, VI: Damoetas and Daphnis and XI: Cyclops; review Idyll XV: Gorgo and Praxinoa
Herondas's mimes: I: The Procuress; II: Pedagogy; VI: Girl Talk; review IV: At the Temple.
Kallimachos, Lock of Berenike;
Bion's Lament for Adonis;
Selected Epigrams.
Note: much of this is in Fowler, Hellenistic Poetry
Due March 1: The eRes thing did not work on this text, so I had copies made, and put them outside my door: Cure and Cult in Ancient Corinth. You can pick them up any time. Some pretty lame photos of the Asklepieion on Kos (field trip, anyone?) Sources on Asklepios, mainly late.
Due Feb. 23: Read Chapters 9-11 in Pollitt. H.A. Thompson's "Architecture as a Medium of Public Relations among the Successors of Alexander," in Barr-Sharrar, B and Borze, E., eds. 1982. Macedonia and Greece in Late Classical and Early Hellenistic Times. Washington: National Gallery of Art. [N 386 U5 A3 V.10 Classics and Fine Arts]. Richard Billows' "Cities," from A. Erskine, ed. 2003. A Companion to the Hellenistic World. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Selection of City Texts from Bagnall and Derow.


Remember to begin to read the Argonautica / Jason and the Golden Fleece, whether in Fowler, Hunter, or Green translation.

Due Feb. 16:

Read Chapter 6 in Shipley and Chapter 12 and 280-281 in Pollitt. Henri Riad's Egyptian Influence on Daily Life in Alexandria; Judith McKenzie's "Alexandria and the Origins of Baroque Architecture"; Diana Delia's "All Army Boots and Uniforms?" Ethnicity in Ptolemaic Egypt;" from Alexandria and Alexandrianism. Malibu: JPGetty Museum. [N 5888 A54 A44 1996 Fine Arts]. Theokritos, Idyll XV. Selection of Ptolemaic texts from Bagnall & Derow. Yes, you will read the text of the Rosetta Stone!

Remember to begin to read the Argonautica / Jason and the Golden Fleece, whether in Fowler, Hunter, or Green translation.

Due Feb 9:

Read Chapter 3-6 in Pollitt, finish Chapter 4 and read Chapter 8 in Shipley. Herondas, Mime IV, Theokritos, Idyll I. (use Fowler's translation if you have it).

The Pollitt is a little dense, and you do not need to make such a sharp distinction between baroque and rococo (I will not ask you, "is this baroque or rococo?"). Do get the more important arguments he makes about the nature of these works of art and their style and interpretation. Follow up on our discussion of emotion, expression, the family and domestic life. What is the Pergamene style?

Due Feb 2:

Review the first part of Shipley's Introduction; make sure you have noted the main points regarding Hellenistic urbanization

In order to prepare for our guest lecturer, and our class, please read Chapters 2 and 3 and pp. 108-120 in Shipley, Chapters 1 and 2 in Pollitt.

Read Hammond, N.G.L. 1982. "The Macedonian Imprint," in Hellenistic History and Culture, P. Green ed., 12-23. Berkeley: University of California Press. [DF 77 H5464 1993 PCL, UGL, Classics] (also available on eReserves, password citylife).

At the beginning of the semester, please refresh your memory of historical events during the Hellenistic period and the fourth century BCE. Everyone will be responsible for the information contained in the assigned readings. If the subject is new to you, additional readings may be helpful.

In preparation for the first class, we need to review the developments leading up to the Hellenistic period, particularly the life and afterlife of Alexander the Great. In beginning to study the Hellenistic city, we must also clarify what our sources are and how they are to be used.

Due Jan 26:

The Introductions to both J.J. Pollitt. Art in the Hellenistic Age, and Graham Shipley, The Greek World After Alexander. What are some major characteristics of the Hellenistic age? What does the word mean? What are our main sources? How do we best approach them?

Ian Worthington's "How 'Great' was Alexander?" -- observe how the sources are used, the questions raised, and the new sort of man created during Alexander's life. How great do you think Alexander was?

A short and rousing, and probably overwrought account of events immediately after the death of Alexander by Quintus Curtius Rufus, who wrote in Latin in the late first or early second century CE. Think about the impact of these events on the ensuing period, and about Curtius as a source.

If you are not very familiar with the life and mystique of Alexander the Great, please consult a library book about him, such as Peter Green, Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C. : a historical biography, or go to one of the Web sites. One that has all the basics plus a good deal of emotional rhetoric is

Become familiar, if you are not already, with the images at this exhibit

Look at the Greek Ministry of Culture's sites on Vergina

and Pella: (click on the icons next to "Pella")

This assignment will give you a taste of the types and volume of readings that will be assigned in this class. The readings are lively, interesting, in different media, and there are LOTS of them. Since it is a three-hour class meeting only once a week, I will assign three hours worth of readings per week -- it is not a good idea to wait until Sunday night to cram them all in. When I say REQUIRED, I mean that you are responsible for the material in the readings, and to have thought about them enough to be able to talk about them in class and perhaps do a writing or discussion exercise. Class participation counts.

Austin, M.M. 1981. The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest. A selection of ancient sources in translation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [DF 235 A1 H44 Classics Library ]
Bagnall, R.S. and P. Derow, eds. 2004. The Hellenistic Period. Historical Sources in Translation. Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell.
Barr-Sharrar, B and Borza, E., eds. 1982. Macedonia and Greece in late classical and early Hellenistic times. Washington: National Gallery of Art. [N 386 U5 A3 V.10 Classics and Fine Arts]
B. Fowler, The Hellenistic Aesthetic (PA 3081 F6 1989 Classics)
B. Fowler, Hellenistic poetry : an anthology (PA 3622 F69 1990 Classics)
P. Green, Alexander to Actium [DE 86 G738 1993 Classics Library]
A. Erskine, ed. 2003. A Companion to the Hellenistic World. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
E.S. Gruen, The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome [DG 241.2 G78 1984 V.1 and 2 Classics]
J. Onians, Art and Thought in the Hellenistic Age (N 5633 O6 Fine Arts; N 5630 O54 UGL and Fine Arts)
J.J. Pollitt, Art in the Hellenistic Age (N 5630 P55 1986 Fine Arts Library)
G. Sarton, Hellenistic Science and Culture in the last three centuries B.C. (Q 127 G7 S34 1993 PCL Stacks)
R.W. Sharples, Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics (B 505 S52 1996 PCL)
F.W. Walbank, The Hellenistic World (DF 235 W3 1982 UGL)
T.B.L. Webster, Hellenistic Poetry and Art [PA 3081 W4 UGL, Fine Arts]


Reference and very helpful additional reading if you are lost:
Cambridge Ancient History v. 6 (D 57 C253 V.6 UGL and PCL reference; Classics reference)
Cambridge Ancient History v. 7 parts 1 and 2 (D 57 C253 V.7 UGL and PCL reference)

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