Year 1: Greece and Rome

Semester 1: Greece

[Greece was] the first of civilized nations [which] presented examples of what man should be.

—Thomas Jefferson to A. Coray, 1823. ME 15:481

Fall 2018 (Aug 20-Dec 13): Greece

Week 1 (Aug 20-Aug 24): Homer (Poetry)

Homer, The Iliad (549 pp. of verse)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. I

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap I

Week 2 (Aug 27-Aug 31): Homer (Poetry)

Homer, The Odyssey (481 pp. of verse)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. II

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap II

Week 3 (Sep 3-Sep 7): Sophocles (Poetry)

Sophocles, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone (253 pp. of dialogue)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. III

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap III

Week 4 (Sep 10-Sep 14): Herodotus (History)

Herodotus, The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories (721 pp. of prose, including figures, footnotes, and maps)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. IV

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap IV

Week 5 (Sep 17-Sep 21): Herodotus (History)

Herodotus, The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories (721 pp. of prose, including figures, footnotes, and maps)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. V

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap V

Week 6 (Sep 24-Sep 28): Thucydides (History)

Thucydides, The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (548 pp. of prose, including figures, footnotes, and maps)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. VI

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap VI

Week 7 (Oct 1-Oct 5): Thucydides (History)

Thucydides, The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (548 pp. of prose, including figures, footnotes, and maps)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. VII

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap VII

Week 8 (Oct 8-Oct 12): Xenophon (History)

Xenophon, The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika (316 pp. of prose, including figures, footnotes, and maps)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. VIII

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap VIII

Week 9 (Oct 15-Oct 19): Plato (Morality)

Plato, Euthyphro in Plato: Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (Hackett Classics) (pp. 1-20) (20 pp.)

Plato, Apology in Plato: Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (Hackett Classics) (pp. 21-44) (23 pp.)

Plato, Crito in Plato: Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (Hackett Classics) (pp. 45-57) (12 pp.)

Plato, Plato: Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (Hackett Classics) (pp. 93-154) (61 pp.)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. IX

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap IX

Week 10 (Oct 22-Oct 26): Plato (Morality)

Plato, Republic (Hackett Classics) (292 pp. of dialogue)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. X

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap X

Week 11 (Oct 29-Nov 2): Aristotle (Morality)

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics in The Basic Works of Aristotle (Modern Library Classics) (pp. 935-1126) (191 pp.)

Aristotle, Politics in The Basic Works of Aristotle (Modern Library Classics) (pp. 1127-1324) (197 pp.)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. XI

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap XI

Week 12 (Nov 5-Nov 9): Aristotle (Rhetoric and Poetry)

Aristotle, Rhetoric in The Basic Works of Aristotle (Modern Library Classics) (pp. 1325-1454) (129 pp.)

Aristotle, Poetics in The Basic Works of Aristotle (Modern Library Classics) (pp. 1455-1487) (32 pp.)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. XII

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap XII

Week 13 (Nov 12-Nov 16): Plutarch (History)

Plutarch, “Alexander” in Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 (Modern Library Classics) (pp. 139-199) (60 pp. of prose)

Quintus Curtius, The History of Alexander (Penguin Classics) (240 pp.)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. XIII

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap XIII

Week 14 (Nov 19-23): Thanksgiving Holidays

Thanksgiving Holidays

Week 15 (Nov 26-Nov 30): Arrian (History)

Arrian, The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander (158 pp.)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. XIV

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap XIV

Week 16 (Dec 3-Dec 7): Arrian (History)

Arrian, The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander (158 pp.)

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Pars I: Familia Romana Cap. XV

Exercitia Latina I: Exercises for Familia Romana (Lingua Latina) (Pt. 1, No. 1) Cap XV

Week 17 (Dec 10-Dec 14): Final Exams

Final Exams

Year 1: Greece and Rome

Semester 2: Rome

Finding myself useless for this age, I throw myself back upon that other, and am so bewitched by it that the state of that ancient Rome, free, just, and flourishing (for I love neither her birth nor her old age), interests me passionately.

—Montaigne, Essays

Year 2: The Middle Ages

Semester 1: The Early Middle Ages

“Our use of phrase ‘The Dark Ages’ to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe. . . .  From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to Christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary. . . .  To us it seems that West-European civilization is civilization, but this is a narrow view.”

Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy

Year 2: The Middle Ages

Semester 2: The High and Late Middle Ages

 

Year 3: The Renaissance

Semester 1: The Proto and Early Renaissance

A revolution was necessary to bring men back to common sense, and it finally came from a quarter where one would least expect it. It was the stupid Muslim, the eternal blight on learning, who brought about its rebirth among us. The collapse of the throne of Constantine carried into Italy the debris of ancient Greece.

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Arts and Science

Year 3: The Renaissance

Semester 2: The High and Late Renaissance

 

Year 4: The Enlightenment and the American Founding

Semester 1: The Enlightenment

Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.

—Immanuel Kant, “What Is Enlightenment?”

Year 4: The Enlightenment and the American Founding

Semester 2: The American Founding

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

—Thomas Jefferson