Hum 110 - Fall 2019

Introducing the Humanities: Egyptians, Israelites, and Achaemenids exposes students to key questions and methods in the humanities through studying the interaction of different texts and objects in Pharaonic Egypt, selected books of the Hebrew Bible, and Achaemenid Persian monuments and inscriptions. By exploring these interwoven ancient cultures, we’ll raise questions about power, gender, justice, love, beauty, and divinity that we’ll continue discussing throughout the rest of the course. Archaic Greece and the Rise of the Polis examines the diverse aesthetic, intellectual, and political forms, from epic to history to drama to philosophy to the polis itself, that evolved in Greek city-states from the eighth to the fourth centuries B.C.E.

Background image: The Great Pyramid is the oldest and largest of the three Pyramids of Giza. These Fourth Dynasty (c. 2575 - 2465 BCE) pyramids were erected on a plateau on the west bank of the Nile River near present day Al-Jīzah (Giza) in northern Egypt. The pyramids were built by Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure.

0030 BC-05-15 18:27:45

Roman Period

0051 BC-10-07 04:31:51

Cleopatra VII Philopator

0330 BC-05-16 07:53:53

Persia falls to Alexander the Great

Persia falling to Alexander the Great signals the end of Achaemenid Empire.

0332 BC-04-26 05:34:40

Ptolemac Period

0340 BC-08-25 10:35:15

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Nicomachean Ethics is an Aristotelian exploration of the topic of ethical conduct, and the human capacity for happiness and goodness.

0350 BC-08-01 00:00:00

Book of Esther

0389-04-30 00:02:22

"Roman Emperor Theodosius I issued a series of decrees banning temples, statues, festivals, and all ritual practices of traditional Greek polytheism"

0399 BC-07-30 09:25:40

Socrates on trial for impiety and corruption in Athens

The Trial and Death of Socrates is an account depicting Socrates standing trial after being accused of two charges: impiety, and corrupting the youth. These charges were the legal consequence of “failing to acknowledge the gods that the city acknowledges" and "introducing new deities”, as well as asking politico-philosophic questions of his students. These actions were thought to result in moral corruption, and therefore were punishable by death.

0403 BC-06-11 12:55:31

Plato, Symposium

The Symposium is one of Plato's most influential works. It contains speeches on the subject of love, the Platonic form of beauty, and the basis of reality, and provides a portrait of Socrates.

0411 BC-03-22 01:59:30

Aristophanes, Lysistrata

Lysistrata is a Greek comedy by Aristophanes, and was originally performed in classical Athens. It was written during the final years of the war between Athens and Sparta, and depicts the wives of the warring cities’ attempt at peace. In the story, their method for promoting peace was ceasing romantic relations with their husbands and occupying the Acropolis, which housed the Athenian treasury.

Hum 110 - Fall 2019

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