Syllabus [EuroHist-HHS123-F09]

For 9/21-23

Assignment 3

Remember to "REFRESH."

Hellas Pt. 2


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"The Death of Sarpedon" by Euphronios, ca. 515 BC.

I transcribed some of the inscriptions from the Greek Alpha-Beta to the Latin alphabet in white.




  For Monday:

- Read - Davies: 115-133: Drama, Music, Science, Alpha-beta, Math, Stoics, Sport, Government, and Sparta... and more.

- Read these 3 PDFs on the Etruscans from the Oxford Classical Dictionary, Homer's story of the Death of Sarpaedon, Euphronios' vase painting of this story and the story of how this vase was looted from an Etruscan tomb.

- Hornblower-Etruscans-452MB.pdf [very short]

- Homer-DeathOfSarpedon_Iliad16a.pdf [4.5MB] [pretty short]

- Silver-Lost_Chalice-Euphronios-Sarpedon_excerpt.pdf [4MB] - Read pp. 30-49 and look at the pictures. 

      - Optional: Look over these pictures of the Euphronios Krater and a nice image of Achilles and his best friend, Patroclus. This PDF walks you through the Euphronios Krater it in a bit more detail. EuphronSarpedonWeb.pdf [812KB]


For Wednesday: Remember to "REFRESH."

- Read the following sections from Plato's Republic: Plato_RepublicExcerptsCornford-120min-5.7MB.pdf

-Women and Family Issues: pp. 144-164.   [20pp]

-The Cave: pp. 227-235.   [8pp]

- Optional: The Myth of Er [celestial harmonies]: pp. 348-359.


- Read this extremely short piece from Homer's Odyssey on Odysseus' extremely old dog Argos.  The set up is as follows.  Odysseus has returned to his home estate after being gone for 20 years: 10 fighting the Trojans and 10 sailing back.  The prevailing assumption in his homeland is that he is dead, but his wife, Penelope, is loath to admit it, and continues to push away the local flashy singles who are continually courting her is the crassest fashion imaginable.  These guys are scum.  In modern terms I imagine them as the slacker sons from rich families who drive around in a slick sports car, wear fancy shiny suits, and are always talking to their buddies on a blingy cell phone.  They are vapid boasters... hubris to the max.  However, there are many of them and they have veritably moved in and they party at Odysseus' home day and night.  They drink his booze, eat his food, play with his toys, fondle his servant girls, and are actively attempting to bed his wife, who they perceive as an extremely wealthy, attractive, and available widow.  Odysseus realizes that he cannot just show up and announce that he is finally back to reclaim his status of old.  These spoiled brats would kill him right there on the spot. His return threatens all they have been working towards, the hand of Penelope in marriage, which brings with it much wealth.  So Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, enters his estate to get the lay of the land and formulate a plan for getting rid of all the suitors and reclaiming his position and his wife, who has been faithful all these years. This story describes a scene where he is talking to Eumaeus, a swineherd who is a good guy, but at this point Odysseus doesn't tell him who he is.

Homer-ArgosXVII_TwoWays.pdf [295KB]


Optional articles that will most certainly help you get the grade you desire:

-Simms, D. L. "Archimedes and the Invention of Artillery and Gunpowder." Technology and Culture 28, no. 1 (1987): 67-79.  Simms-Archimedes-Gunpowder-296KB.pdf


-Katz, Marilyn. "Ideology And "The Status of Women" In Ancient Greece." History and Theory 31, no. 4 (1992): 70-97.  Feel free to just read part of this article if you so choose. Katz-Status_of_Women-Ancient_Greece.pdf [589KB]

"Essay": Due Wednesday. Write a 1-page +, single-spaced essay (or the equivalent in another medium) that engages the assigned readings for this week.  You could focus on a particular issue from one of the readings that interests you or you could take a broader approach and synthesize all the readings into one essay.  You could explore issues of imagery, eugenics, analogies to movies, music theory, statistics, dog psychology, craft tech, epistemology, ontology, theories of perception, spirituality, the ethics of archeology, ethical relativism, the economics of grave robbing, international law, violence in the death of Sarpedon, an analysis of Euphronios' depiction, the Etruscans... etc.  I'm impressed when you can refer to readings from previous weeks and I am impressed when you can incorporate the optional readings that I post.  Remember to cite sources including a reference to the reading itself. 




Citations to the assigned readings other materials from this week.



Davies, Norman. Europe : A History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.


Homer. The Odyssey. Robert Fitzgerald trans. Vintage Classics. New York: Vintage Books, 1990.


Homer. The Iliad. Translation by Ian Johnston.  See PDF for more information. Homer-DeathOfSarpedon_Iliad16a.pdf [4.5MB]


Homer. The Iliad. Robert  Fagles and Introduction by Bernard Knox. New York: Penguin, 1990.

               -Death of Sarpedon in book 16. Homer-DeathOfSarpedon_Iliad16a.pdf [4.5MB]


Hornblower, Simon, and Antony Spawforth eds. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Hornblower-Etruscans-452MB.pdf


Plato, and Francis Macdonald Cornford. The Republic of Plato. Francis Macdonald Cornford. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1941.


Silver, Vernon. The Lost Chalice: The Epic Hunt for a Priceless Masterpiece. 1st ed. New York, NY: William Morrow, 2009. - Silver-Lost_Chalice-Euphronios-Sarpedon_excerpt.pdf [4MB]


Simms, D. L. "Archimedes and the Invention of Artillery and Gunpowder." Technology and Culture 28, no. 1 (1987): 67-79.  Simms-Archimedes-Gunpowder-296KB.pdf


Katz, Marilyn. "Ideology And "The Status of Women" In Ancient Greece." History and Theory 31, no. 4 (1992): 70-97. Katz-Status_of_Women-Ancient_Greece.pdf [589KB]




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