COM 205: Classical Roots of Western Literature
Schedule of Lectures and Assignmentt
Fall 2004 – Prof. Andrew Ford
Structure of course:
1 Lecture per week: 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Mon.
2 Precepts per week: 9:00 am - 9:50 am Tues. Thurs.
NB: Depending on interest, another precept at 10-10:50 may be added: see
instructor if interested. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Schedule of readings:
Please have read and reflected on the texts below before coming to precepts
Th. 9/9: Classes begin. I would like to meet and
get started on this day.
Please attend the precept if at all possible. Let’s retell the creation
story in Genesis Chapters 1-6; compare and contrast the account—note
the obvious—in Ovid, Metamorphoses Book 1, verses 1-495 (up to page 27 in
the Raeburn translation on order for the course).
See course Web Page on Blackboard for further resources.
Week I. Mon. 9/13:
Genesis and the shape of Western Literature (Please have read: Genesis Ch.
Tues. 9/14: What’s Achilles’ problem? Iliad Book 1 (pp. 3-30 in the
Th. 9/16: Character pairs: Agamemnon and Odysseus—Paris and Hector—Helen
and Andromache. Iliad 2.1-560
(pp. 33-45 Fitzgerald), Bks. 3, 6
Week II. Mon. 9/20: Achilles and Abraham:
Read: Iliad Bks. 9, 16, 22, 24
Tues. 9/21: Read on Electronic reserves and be prepared to discuss James
Redfield’s interpretation of the poem: "Introduction: Achilles and Hector"
in Nature and Culture in the Iliad, pp. 3-29
NB: this and other ORSS reserve readings can be found for COM 205 at:http://infoshare1.princeton.edu/reserves/elecres.html(See
also Blackboard Main page, under "E-Reserves".)
Th. 9/23: Telemachus or the story of the son: Odyssey Bks.
Week III. Mon. 9/27:
The New Worlds of Odysseus
Read: Od. Bks. 3-9
Tues. 9/28: Od. 10-12: Fantasyland
Th. 9/30: Od. 13-16: Ithca: “Another strange island”
Week IV Mon 10/4:
The King restored
Read: Od. 17-24
Tues. 10/5: Read on ORSS and be prepared to discuss a classic of comp.
lit: the comparison of the Hebrew scriptures and Homer in Erich Auerbach,
"Odysseus' Scar," in Mimesis : The Representation of Reality in Western Literature,
pp. 3-23 (nb)
Th. 10/7: From Odysseus to Oedipus: Sophocles, Oedipus the King
Week V Mon. 10/11: Tragic Kings: Oedipus and Pentheus
Tues. 10/12: Read the Introduction to the Bacchae by M. Nussbaum.
Be prepared to discuss her interpretation.
Th. 10/14: Plato’s Symposium: dialogue as a new kind of drama. Symp.
172A-178A (pp. 1-8 in Nehemas tr.)
Week VI Mon. 10/18:
The Platonic Art of Writing
Plato, Symposium 178B-201C (pp. 9-44)
Tues. 10/19: Diotima’s Wisdom: Symposium 201D- 212C (pp. 45-60)
Th. 10/21: Alcibiades’ Wisdom: Symposium 212C-end (pp. 61-77)
PAPER DUE IN PRECEPT
Week VII Mon. 11/1: Greece to Rome,
Homer to Vergil
Aeneid Bks. 1-4
Tues. 11/2: Read and (through Blackboard “Assignments” or at http://www.bartleby.com/200/sw4.html)
T. S. Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” Be prepared to discuss
the authors we’ve read in Eliot’s terms.
Th. 11/4: History and cosmogony: Aeneid 5-6
Week VIII. Mon. 11/8:
Tues. 11/9: Closure? Aeneid Bks. 11-12
Th. 11/11: Caesar and Christ: Gospel of Matthew Chh. 1-7
Week IX Mon. 11/15:
Jesus and Kingdom Come
Matthew Chh. 8-25
Tues. 11/14: Passion (Matthew 26-28) and Prophecy: Revelation (Apocalypse)
Chh. 1, 4-6, 12, 17, 21-22
Th. 11/18: Back to Ovid: Metamorphoses: Book 1.451-end of Bk. 2 (pp.
28-90, tr. Raeburn)
Week X. Mon. 11/22:
Metamorphoses Bks. 3-6
Tues. 11/23: Ovid’s Iliad: Met. Bk. 12
[THANKSGIVING Break 11/24-28]
Week XI. Mon. 11/29: The Final
Form of Change
Tues. 11/30: Read on ORSS one of the classics of Postmodern criticism:
Roland Barthes, "From Work to text," in The Rustle of Language, pp. 56-64.
How well does he fit Ovid?
Th. 12/2: Augustine Confessions Book 1
Week XII. Mon. 12/6: Augustine’s
Tues. 12/7: Confessions
Th. 12/9: Confessions
PAPER DUE IN PRECEPT
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