Fall 2009 not offered
Aristotle wrote that all human beings naturally desire knowledge. In this class we will study how the ancient Greeks sought to explore, comprehend, explain, and predict their world. From Odysseus, the archetype of the curious Greek, to the systematic inquiries of Aristotle, we will read literature in which Greek intellectual curiosity is on display--including epic poetry, history, tragedy, science, and philosophy. No familiarity with the set authors is expected, only a desire to learn.
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Homer, ODYSSEY (selections)
Herodotus, HISTORIES (selections)
Selections from the pre-Socratic Philosophers
Thucydides, HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR (selections)
Hippocratic Writings (selections)
Plato Meno, SYMPOSIUM
Aristotle, POLITICS (selections)
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Several short (2-3pp) papers and a final longer paper or project.
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