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Sunoikisis Greek 291/391: Homeric Poetry

Syllabus, Fall 2012
Faculty Consultant: Prof. Richard Martin (Stanford University)
Course Director: Dr. Ryan Fowler (CHS Sunoikisis Fellow)
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Syllabus Authors:
 Prof. David Carlisle (Cornell College)
 Prof. Scott Garner (Rhodes College)
 Prof. Hal Haskell (Southwestern University)
 Prof. Nigel Nicholson (Reed College)
 Prof. Arum Park (Brigham Young University)
 Prof. Danilo Piana (Johns Hopkins University)
 Prof. Brett Rogers (University of Puget Sound)
 Prof. Joe Romero (University of Mary Washington)
 Prof. Holy Sypniewski (Millsaps College)
 Prof. Heather Vincent (Eckerd College).
Included in this syllabus: a course overview, a bibliography, a
schedule of assignments, and discussion questions.

Greek Course Syllabus
Syllabus for Advanced Greek 295/395: Homeric Poetry
Fall, 2012

This course, making extensive use of resources available via the internet focuses on
the earliest literary documents in the Greek language: the poems attributed to
Homer. Readings will come primarily from Homer's Iliad. In order to expose
students to a wide range of scholarly perspectives, a different faculty member will
lead the common session each week. These sessions will reflect current trends in
scholarship for this period. Students will also meet locally with their home campus
mentor to concentrate more closely on issues of language, translation and
interpretation of assigned readings. In weekly online discussion (written
assignments) students will have the opportunity to expand on and synthesize issues

The times and locations of these meetings will be determined on each campus. These interactive sessions have a different faculty leader each week and typically combine mini-lectures with discussion.  Students will interact with faculty and students at other participating institutions. Evaluation of the student's online discussion will be based both on timely completion and substantive content. 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern Time. Objectives This course aims to achieve the following outcomes:  Advanced students of Greek will learn to read the Homeric literary dialect. Online Discussion: Responses to the online discussion are due by midnight on the Monday before the common session so that faculty and students will have the opportunity to review students' responses before the lecture. culture and society of the Homeric World as it is reflected in and forms a context for the literature of this period. This course is specifically designed for advanced students and will include a rigorous study of the cultural and historical context during the Homeric period in the Mediterranean. Course Requirements Preparation: Students should read all assigned primary texts for the week by the common session. Tutorials: Each student will meet for at least one hour every week with a mentor at her or his home institution. Common Sessions: Thursdays. Students at all participating institutions will meet together online for a common session via Multipoint Interactive Videoconferencing (MIV). students are expected to actively synthesize a wide variety of material. and exercises. Students will also complete instructor-run midterm and final examinations. as well as engage with secondary literature. Students who choose to take this course at the 295 rather than 395 level will be responsible for less reading in Greek but will be expected to complete all of the reading in English. questions.  Students will explore the history.  Students will become familiar with the style.  Students will become familiar with current trends in scholarly interpretation for Homeric Poetry.that arise in the reading and common session. conventions and themes of Homeric Epic. Students are responsible for contacting their faculty mentors and finalizing the details of their weekly meetings. Because this course addresses both literature and context. culture and society. These sessions will focus more closely .

translation and interpretation of assigned readings.Available on 1963 etc.) . Norman. A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect (London.) Suggested Texts Selections from Homer's Iliad. grades will be based on the following components: Class preparation and work in tutorial: 40% Participation in the on-line discussion (study questions): 30% Midterm examination: 15% Final examination: 15% For students in ICAGR 391. according to the schedule set by your instructor. ed. Examinations: The midterm and final exams for this course will be written and distributed by the instructor in residence. Iliad (All students should read all of Homer's Iliad in English before the course starts. Glasgow. grades will be based on the following components: Class preparation and work in tutorial: 20% Participation in the on-line discussion (study questions): 40% Midterm examination: 20% Final examination: 20% Primary Readings Homer.on issues of language. Reprint edition. Home campus mentors will be the final authority for all grades. Chicago: University of Chicago Also Available: R.Benner.Trans. Richmond Lattimore. Intro. 2011. Richard Martin. Available on Amazon. Evaluation: Grades will be based on the following components. which differ for those at the 291 and 391 level: For students in ICAGR 291. 2001.library. The Chicago Homer: Cunliffe. Red River Books. 1924. and Bombay. The Iliad of Homer. reprinted.J.northwestern.

University of Oklahoma Press. A Lexicon of the Homeric Martin Litchfield. Loeb Classical Library. Edwards. Benner. Felson.pdf 5. and Laura Slatkin. 3. Vol. “Homer and Oral Tradition: The Type-Scene.G. The Iliad of Homer. Cunliffe." The Cambridge Companion to Homer (2004): 91-116.pdf 2. Richard J. 6. The Wedding of Mustajbey’s Son Becć irbey (and perhaps poking around into the supplemental materials available here). Christoph. After reading one of these South Slavic poems.” Oral Tradition 7/2 (1992): 284-330. 1963. the Homeric epics have been frequently compared and contrasted with the oral traditional epic poems of the South Slavic region in terms of their style. 6699). Halil “The Wedding of Mustajbey’s Son Becirbey (Parry no. Mark W.” http://www. "Gender and Homeric epic. West. Trans. 2003. 3. “A Survey of Narratological Terms.oraltradition. Autenrieth. Reinfandt. University of Oklahoma Press. Nancy. 2001.1-57 [442 words.uni- tuebingen. A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges (University of Oklahoma Press. University of Chicago Press. Reprint edition. 56 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Since at least the 1930’s. 1988. content. 2. Allen R. Richmond Lattimore. SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS Week 1 (8/24-8/30) Reading (391): Iliad 3. 80 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 3. William H. 1982) BIBLIOGRAPHY Texts Literary-Texts-Survey_of_Narratological_Terms. Race. Bajgoric. Greek Epic Fragments from the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries BC. please list at least three . Classical genres and English poetry. Selections from Homer's Iliad. 2011.1-83 [657 words. and possible performance arenas. Secondary Readings 1. Croom Helm. 497.” http://www. 4.

. 120 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 3." the prayer or cultic hymn. we will look at one particular "type scene.181-301 [930 words.58-124 [526 words. Professor Scott Garner. The following document is a very schematic outline of some of these pieces and the terms some theorists of narrative have given to them. For a little more depth. and I will do my best in our Thursday session to clear it up. English: read Edwards 1992 Reading (291): Iliad 3. look at the list of topics compiled by Bill Race. Professor Joe Romero.125-198 [582 words. 66 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Now you have read Edwards 1992 and (re)readLattimore's translation of the Iliad. and then choosing ONE of the following 3 questions to answer. Rhodes College (Be sure to come 15 minutes early to make sure everything is working.similarities and differences that you note between this poem and the Iliad.37-42): what are the recurring elements or motifs that make up the cultic hymn? How does Homer adapt the conventions to the narrative context? Finally. Thursday Common Session: "Type scenes". I realize that much of this outline will be opaque.) Week 2 (8/31-9/6) Reading (391): Iliad 3. 96 lines]. 74 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Narratology is essentially the attempt to arrive at a systematic explanation of how stories work by taking them apart and studying the different pieces and the ways these are fitted together. University of Mary Washington Week 3 (9/7-9/13) Reading (391): Iliad 3. be sure to use at least one of the technical terms surveyed in the schematic outline. and then offer some speculative reasons as to why these similarities and differences might exist and why they might be important. We shall start with a close examination of Chryses' prayer to Apollo (Iliad 1. find at least one more prayer from your reading of the Iliad and analyze it in the same terms. Nonetheless. Thursday Common Session: "Oral poetics". to see how these prayers work in isolation and in their Iliadic contexts. in your answer. I would like you to prepare for that session by making what you can of this schematic. For this week's assignment.84-180 [881 words.

| οὶἵ ρῥ α τοί τ᾽ εἰ στρατοί ώντο παρ᾽ οἤ χθας Σαγγαρὶίοὶο? 2. Mycenae. whether in the passage assigned for today or elsewhere? What effect might these manipulations of sequence. the identification of which he accepted as Troy. Professor Hal Haskell. in responding to this prompt you might address issues such as: what does one mean by "historicity?" by "historian?" Was Homer a historian? What would we mean by a "historic Trojan War?" Is there anything in the Homeric account upon which the results of excavations (aka material history) at Hisarlık. can shed light? Thursday Common Session: "The Archaeology of Homeric Troy". 121 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 3. How does the following passage (3. etc. Cornell College Week 4 (9/14-9/20) Reading (391): Iliad 3. The question is: so what? Leaving aside problems of certain specific details and poetic "exaggeration" (cf. Tiryns.184-7) that runs ἤἤ δἤ καὶὶ Φρυγὶίἤνεὶἰσἤί λυθοναἰ μπελοί εσσαν. What is particularly interesting in terms of temporal arrangement about the passage in your reading (3.1. Thuc. 84 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Heinrich Schliemann set out to demonstrate the "historicity" of the Homeric Trojan War through his excavations at Hisarlık (1870-1890). etc. perspective.243-4). in contrast with Helen's preceding speech. | εἤ νθα ὶἤδον πλεὶίστουςΦρυί γας αἰ νεί ρας αὶἰολοπώίλους | λαουὶ ςὈὈτρἤῆ ος καὶὶ Μυγδοί νοςαἰ ντὶθεί οὶο. Southwestern University .302-423 [954 words.204-224) differ from the way the storyteller of the Iliad tells his? Finally. 1. everyone should answer this question: What differences can you detect between the way the events described in the Iliad are supposed to have actually happened and the way they are described by the speaker of the poem. τουὶ ς δ᾽ ἤἤ δἤκαί τεχενφυσὶίζοος αὶἶα | εἰ ν Λακεδαὶίμονὶ αυἶ θὶφὶί λῃεἰ ν πατρὶίδὶ γαὶίῃ? 3.10. help you characterize the discourse or "narrative situation" of the poem: ώὣςφαί το.199-283 [663 words. How does the way Antenor tells his story (3.3). have on our reaction to the poem? Thursday Common Session: "Narratology". Professor David Carlisle.

Thursday Common Session: "Homeric Economy". tone.383-461. whether in plot shape. 151 lines].) Week 7 (10/5-10/11) Midterm (instructor-run) Week 8 (10/12-10/18) Reading (391): Iliad 6.1-98 [1073 words. Professor Arum Park. 111-3.251-413 [1278 words. English: Proclus' summaries of the Cypria and the Aethiopis (West's Loeb Epic Fragments.263-380 [858 words.237-262 [431 words. Thursday Common Session: "The Genre of the Iliad". which is basically the same part of the Iliad in both). Reed College (The lecture handout can be found here.Week 5 (9/21-9/27) Reading (391): Iliad 3. p. 136 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 3. characters. How does the adjective "Homeric" modify this meaning? Cite 2 specific passages from the Iliad that you think illustrate the phrase "Homeric Economy. with intro pp. 117 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Please take a look at one of the two manuscripts images below (please stay on the page that comes up. Professor Nigel Nicholson.e.283-382 [754 words. Iliad 6. motifs or individual plot features. 6." and elaborate on why those passages are particularly germane to this term. 104 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Give three to five ways in which the Cypria and Aethiopis (based on Proclus' summaries) seem to have differed from the Iliad.99-250 [1161 words. 99 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Describe what the general term "economy" means to you. the center .424-462.. concerns. BYU Week 6 (9/28-10/4) Reading (391): Iliad 6.67-81. 162 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 6. Choose a line (or lines) on that page of the poem (i.12-15) Reading (291): Iliad 3.

3.253-457 [1579 words. based on situation and purpose as well as any other . 162 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 6.) Thursday Common Session: "Masculine Arms and Feminine Voices: Gender in the Iliad". Last.text). such norms. correcting your own written transcription of the Greek as necessary. use your transcribed Greek and your translation to locate the correct book and line number(s) in the poem. Christopher Blackwell.) Week 10 (10/26-11/1) Reading (391): Iliad 16. (im)mortality. Then translate what you wrote out. alongside your *own* translation of the section you chose. and how this might help us understand other themes in the Iliad. First.414-529. Try to arrange the results according to broader types. 204 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 16.381-502 [907 words. 149 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: Catalogue all the speeches in Book 16 of the Iliad. Images: Venetus A Venetus B Thursday Common Session: "Paleography".type the book and line number. 16. In your posted answer in the Forum. University of Puget Sound (Supplementary article is here. Furman University [Postponed] Week 9 (10/19-10/25) Reading (391): Iliad 6. 121 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: How might we describe 'masculinity' in the Iliad? How might we describe 'femininity'? What attributes and actions are associated with each gender in the Iliad? Choose one character and explain the ways in which she/he conforms to. (Make sure you also consider how other factors might impact gender. etc. and/or violates. copy and paste the correct line from Perseus.112-167 and 198-292 [1139 words. 2.1-47 [1291 words. Professor Brett Rogers. try to write out the line in your own handwriting. such as age. 1.

458-659 [1579 words. 300-400 words): Note the level of visual detail and the use of similes in death scenes of Sarpedon and Hektor. for example) that might help delimit the particular category. Then. Read these pages with fragments of Tyrtaeus 10-12 (found here). Review and reread in English: Iliad Bk 22. (Those who are interested might browse in Aristotle’s Rhetoric [Book 2 chapters 19-26] to see if any of the speech types or strategies is recognized by later theory. pick one speech of those in Book 16 and analyze it line by line in terms of the rhetorical strategies that it employs. but he offers a much broader array of motivations. 16. Part 1: What are the most important aspects of these heroic deaths. he focuses on some of the same physical elements. necessary. how the poet evokes a variety physical senses and emotions.292-305. or meaningful? Part 2: When Tyrtaeus adopts the same themes. or linguistic markers (certain verb moods and tenses.factors you find relevant (male/female. mortal/immortal speaker.1-111 [1034 words. 136 lines] . Eckerd College Week 12 (11/9-11/15) Reading (391): Iliad 16. and 663-725 [1295 words. and how/why are such details important. Respond to the following question (in approx. 204 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 6. Professor Heather Vincent. How is Tyrtaeus' appreciation of the hero's mission and eventual death different from Homer's? Thursday Common Session: "Beautiful Death". 3.48-252 [1534 words. Professor Richard Martin. try to locate within a few of your individual “speech genres” specific words or phrases. Finally. or reasons that heroes must die. too. 201 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 16. 163 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: 1. narrator’s speech introductions).) Thursday Common Session: "Rhetoric". Note. formulae. length. Stanford University Week 11 (11/2-11/8) Reading (391): Iliad 16.250-375 (re: the death of Hektor) 2.25-76 (re: Priam's speech to Hektor) and 22. 419-507.503-529.

we will use the following definition of ritual: A ritual is a single behavior or set of behaviors with the following characteristics: 1. Every fall. They transmit information fundamental to the community. 3. For this assignment and the common session this coming Thursday. and defining characteristics. American society enters a period of ritual behavior. for example about its origins. They establish or affirm the place of an individual or group within a community or system. Professor Holly Sypniewski. Assume the role of an anthropologist and briefly describe rituals you or you and your family perform at this time of year. 4. evolution. 24. at a moment of transition.726-867.) Thursday Common Session: "Similes". 2. Watch the film "Taking Chance" and compare the rituals associated with the burial of Chance Phelps with those associated with the cremation of Patroclus and Hector. Not performing them or performing them in a nonconvential manner creates anxiety within the community. The rituals you describe should conform to the definition outlined above. Millsaps College Week 13 (11/16-11/24) Thanksgiving Week 14 (11/26-11/29) Reading (391): Iliad 16. (You will receive an iTunes certificate to obtain and view the movie. Funerary rituals are among the most important for any community.472-506 [1365 words. 175 lines] Due Monday Written Assignment: The assignment this week calls for responses to three questions that concern ritual. Respond to the following three questions: 1. 207 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 16. Identify and briefly discuss two rituals that appears in Iliad 23 or 24. 2.660-867 [1609 words. They take place on a recurring or seasonal basis.Due Monday Written Assignment: (See Forum assignment #11. 3. Professor Kenny Morrell. Iliad 23 and 24 depict rituals associated with the deaths of Patroclus and Hector. Rhodes College .) Thursday Common Session: "Ritual in omega". or at a critical juncture in the life of an individual or group within a larger social system.

468-676 [1734 words. 208 lines] Reading (291): Iliad 24.507-691 [1415 words. "Homer"".' Homer. Dr. Ryan Fowler.Week 15 (11/30-12/6) Reading (391): Iliad 24. CHS . 184 lines] Thursday Common Session: "'Homer.