CCIV 243
(
=WMST 211)



WOMEN AND THE POLIS

SPRING 1998



COURSE SYLLABUS
SUMMARY

Image Credit

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TUESDAY

ASSIGNMENT

THURSDAY

ASSIGNMENT

January 22

Introduction and Course Orientation Background Reading: Gonick, Women in Ancient Athens (Web Site)
Leckie, Misogyny (Web Site)
Katz, "Did the Women of Ancient Athens Attend the Theater in the Eighteenth Century ?" (Web Site)

January 27

Katz, "Daughters of Demeter" (Web Site)

January 29

Katz, "Women, Children and Men" (Web Site)

February 3

Origins of the Polis
Choose Paper Topics

February 5

Homer, Odyssey (Books 6-8)
Web Page Topic: Myths of Athenian Origins

February 10

Colonization

February 12

Pindar, Odes
Web Page Topic: Heroines and Greek Cult

February 17

Tyranny

February 19

Alcaeus and Sappho
Web Page Topic: The Symposium and Hetaerae

February 24

Early Athens through Solon

February 26

Plutarch, Life of Solon
Web Page Topic: Funerary Ritual

March 3

Early Athens through Cleisthenes
HTML Outlines due midnight 3/5

March 5

Herodotus and Thucydides
Web Page Topic: Demeter, the Thesmophoria and the Eleusinian Mysteries

March 24

Development of Democracy I: Archons, Council, Assembly

March 26

Aristophanes, Lysistrata
Web Page Topic: Athena and the Panathenaia

March 31

Development of Democracy II: Archons, Council, Assembly cont.

April 2

Aristophanes, Ecclesiziazusae
Web Page Topic: Amazons

April 7

Democracy: the Judicial System

April 9

Demosthenes, Against Neaera
Web Page Topic: Marriage Ritual

April 14

Democracy and its Others

April 16

Xenophon, Oeconomicus
Web Page Topic: The Body in Question

April 21*

Student Web Pages: Myths of Athenian Origins

April 23*

Student Web Pages: Heroines and Greek Cults

April 28*

Student Web Pages: The Symposium

April 30*

Student Web Pages: Funerary Ritual

May 5*

Student Web Pages: Demeter and Ritual

Exam Period*

Student Web Pages: Athena and the Panathenaia

Exam Period*

Student Web Pages: Amazons

Exam Period*

Student Web Pages: Marriage Ritual; The Body in Question

*Note: Dates for presentation of Student Web Page tentative and subject to revision,
depending upon the number of students signing up for a particular topic.


CCIV 243 SPRING 1978
COURSE SYLLABUS
DESCRIPTION


(Announcements of Lectures, Meetings, and other information. Check this page once a week or so by clicking on the image.)

For each class, the assignment includes:
1. Reading in either a primary or secondary text, or both

2. Background Information and Study Questions on a Web Site designed for the course, with links to other Web sites, both ones designed for the course and ones on the Internet

There are also various optional resources:
1. Links to an on-line site in Perseus (see below) for the assigned text, when this is available. This site does not usually contain the translations that we are using, but for many texts this will not matter. You should, nevertheless, either bring a text to class each time or arrange to share one with another class member, since discussion will require frequent reference to the readings.
2. Perseus, a Web Site which is a library of visual, archaeological, artistic, geographical, and other information on the ancient Greek world. If you want to know more about any aspect of the reading, this is the place to go. This link will take you to
Perseus's Home Page
3. Diotima, a Web Site designed for the study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World. It also contains visual, artistic, and other kinds of materials. If you want to explore further various aspects of the study of women in ancient Greece, this is the place to go. This link will take you to
Diotima's Home Page.

Paper (Web Site) Topics: To browse these, click on this link.


While you are learning about how to negotiate the WWW, you might enjoy exploring some general resources about Ancient Greece. Here is a page with links to things like Walking Tours of Ancient Athens, a Reconstruction of the Parthenon, a Virtual Tour of the British Museum's Antiquities Collection, some maps, and some pages of WWW bibliography.


All texts are available at Atticus; be sure to check the Book Co-op, too, for used versions of some of these. There are also links on the Web to most of the assigned readings. Copies of all required and optional texts for the course are on 4-hour reserve for the course in Olin. Copies of some texts are also available in the Classical Studies Seminar Room (334 Science Center), which is open 24 hours a day. These texts can be used only in the seminar room and should not be removed.

Gonick, Women in Ancient Athens Levick, Misogyny, and Katz, "Did the Women of Ancient Athens Attend the Theatre in the Eighteeenth Century?" (Web Sites). These are background materials available on the Web. Please read them before coming to the first class on January 22.


Note: From the Syllabus you can link to all course materials. Locally-created maps and images, however, will not be visible on the WWW; they will appear on all pages accessed from servers within the Wesleyan domain only.

JANUARY 22
Reading:
Gonick, Women in Ancient Athens, Levick, Misogyny, and Katz, "Did the Women of Ancient Athens Attend the Theatre in the Eighteeenth Century?" (Web Sites).
Course Introduction: (1) Course Requirements; (2) "Paper" (Web Site) Topics (make selection
by 3 February); (3) Approaches to the study of women in ancient Greece
Return to Syllabus Summary


JANUARY 27 (Overview)
Reading:
Katz, "Daughters of Demeter" (Web Site)
Web Site: Background Information and Study Questions; P.S.: Don't forget to check out the HyperNews Site, join it, and post a response to the first message.
Paper Topics: Review topics; begin checking out information on Perseus and Diotima (for links, see Paper Topics Page)
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JANUARY 29 (Overview)
Reading:
Katz, "Women, Children and Men" (Web Site)
Web Site: Background Information and Study Questions
Paper Topics: Continue reviewing topics; continue checking out information on Perseus and Diotima (for links, see Paper Topics Page)
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FEBRUARY 3 (Origins of the Polis)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 3, pages 46-61; Blundell, "Women in the Poems of Homer", in Women in Ancient Greece
Optional: pp. 38-39 (Dark Age to Orientalizing), 46-47 (Dark Age Greece), 48-49 (Rise of the City-States), and 43-44 (Men and Women) in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Web Site: Background Information and Study Questions
Paper Topics: Review topics; choose one; report on selections in class
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FEBRUARY 5 (Origins of the Polis)
Reading:
Homer, Odyssey, Books Six, Seven, and Eight (Fagles translation); Blundell, "Women in the Poems of Homer", in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Odyssey 6-8 on Perseus
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FEBRUARY 10 (Colonization)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 4, pages 62-93; Blundell, "Women in an age of transition", "Women and the poets," in Women in Ancient Greece
Optional: pp. 50-55 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions
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FEBRUARY 12 (Colonization)
Reading:
Pindar, Pythian 9; Pythian 9 Commentary; Pythian 4; Herodotus, Persian Wars, Book 4.150-167; 200-204; Blundell, "Women in an age of transition", "Women and the poets," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Pindar Pythian 9 on Perseus; Pindar Pythian 4 on Perseus; Herodotus Reading on Perseus
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FEBRUARY 17 (Tyranny)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 5, pages 94-136
Optional: pp. 56-57 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions
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FEBRUARY 19 (Tyranny)
Reading:
Alcaeus and Sappho; Parker, "Sappho Schoolmistress"; Blundell, "Women as poets: Sappho", "Women in stone," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Alcaeus Reading; Sappho Reading; Parker article
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FEBRUARY 24 (Early Athens through Solon)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 7, pages 176-208; Blundell, "Women and religion," in Women in Ancient Greece
Optional: pp. 58-59 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions
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FEBRUARY 26 (Early Athens through Solon)
Reading:
Plutarch, Life of Solon
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Plutarch Reading on Perseus
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MARCH 3 (Early Athens through Cleisthenes)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 7, pages 209-243
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions
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MARCH 5 (Early Athens through Cleisthenes)
Reading:
Herodotus, Histories I.59-64 (pp. 22-25); V.55-96 (pp. 299-316); VI.87-93 (pp. 353-55), 103-4 (p. 358), 106-8 (p. 359), 121-40 (pp. 364-71); Aristotle and Thucydides on Harmodius and Aristogeiton; Blundell, "Women and the philosophers," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Herodotus I.59-64; V.55-96; VI.97-93, VI. 103-4, VI. 106-8, VI.121-40 on Perseus; Aristotle Reading on Perseus; Thucydides Reading on Perseus
Mid-Term: HTML Outline; post by no later than midnight, March 5
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MARCH 24 (Development of Democracy I)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 10, pages 383-400; pp. 74-77 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece; Blundell, "Women in drama," "Women in Classical sculpture," in Women in Ancient Greece
Optional: pp. 62-73 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions
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MARCH 26 (Development of Democracy I)
Reading:
Aristophanes, Lysistrata; Blundell, "Women in drama," "Women in Classical sculpture," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Aristophanes Reading on Perseus
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MARCH 31 (Development of Democracy II)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 10, pages 400-415; pp. 94-97 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece; Blundell, "Amazons," in Women in Ancient Greece
Optional: pp. 86-95 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Reading on Perseus
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APRIL 2 (Development of Democracy II)
Reading:
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae; Blundell, "Amazons," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Aristophanes Reading on Perseus
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APRIL 7 (Democracy: Judicial Institutions)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 10, pages 415-429; pp. 98-99 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece; Blundell, "Women in Athenian law and society," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Reading on Perseus
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APRIL 9 (Democracy: Judicial Institutions)
Reading:
Demosthenes, Against Neaera; Blundell, "Women in Athenian law and society," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Demosthenes Reading on Perseus (the whole speech); Demosthenes reading on course pages (the whole speech); Demosthenes Reading on Diotima (selections from the speech highlighting the episodes having to do with Neaera)
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APRIL 14 (Democracy and its Others)
Reading:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks, Chapter 10, pages 430-441; pp. 100-107 in Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece; Blundell, "The Lives of Women in Classical Athens," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Reading on Perseus
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APRIL 16 (Democracy and its Others)
Reading:
Xenophon, The Estate-Manager; Blundell, "Women's Bodies," in Women in Ancient Greece
Web Sites: Background Information and Study Questions; Xenophon Reading on Perseus
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APRIL 21 (changed to APRIL 24, 1-2 pm)
Reading: Euripides, Ion
Web Sites:
Andrea McKnight on Myths of Athenian Origins
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APRIL 23
Reading: Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis
Web Sites:
Sarah Rosenberg on Heroines and Greek Cults
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APRIL 28
Reading: Xenophon, Symposium; Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae Book 13 ("Concerning Women")
Web Sites:
Jen Kravitz on The Symposium
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APRIL 30
Reading: Euripides, Suppliant Women
Web Sites:
Tricia Luce on Funerary Ritual
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MAY 5
Reading: Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Web Sites:
Sarah Wilkes on Demeter and Ritual
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EXAM PERIOD I
Thursday, May 7, 12:30-3 pm

Reading: Hesiod,
Theogony
Web Sites:
Bekah Friedman on Athena and the Panathenaia

Reading: Plutarch,
Life of Theseus; Herodotus, Histories IV.110-17; "Airs, Waters and Places," in Hippocratic Writings
Web Sites:
Rachel Hertzman on Amazons


EXAM PERIOD II
Tuesday, May 12, 9-11:30 am

Reading: Aeschylus,
Suppliants
Web Sites:
Mary Liz Williamson on Marriage Ritual

Reading: Aristotle
On the Generation of Animals; Hippocratic Corpus selection
Web Sites:
Becky Karush on The Body

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Image credit:
Hydria with Domestic Scene by the Niobid Painter. ca. 460 BCE. New York: The Solow Art and Architecture Foundation. ARV2 . Source: Ellen Reeder,
Pandora: Women in Classical Greece, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1995.


Last revised 9 April 1998