Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

Fall 2010 syllabus (pdf)

Class Schedule (subject to change as necessary)


September 7

Course Introduction

Letter of Introduction due via email by 5pm on September 8, 2010. Assignment available here.

September 9

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Steinberger 35-58); Maps of Ancient Greece; Important Figures in Ancient Greece; Guide to the Peloponnesian War.

September 14

Aristophanes, The Clouds. (Steinberger 78-117)

September 16

Plato, Apology. (Steinberger 147-159) and Criminal Procedure in Ancient Greece.
Microessay 1 due in class

September 21

Plato, Crito. (Steinberger 159-165); Plato, Death Scene from the Phaedo.

September 23

Plato, The Republic, 327a-367e. (Steinberger 166-186)

September 28

Plato, The Republic, 368-445e. (Steinberger 186-229)

September 30

Plato, The Republic, 449a-543c. (Steinberger 229-276) Image of the Divided Line and Allegory of the Cave

October 5

Nobel Conference

October 7

Plato, The Republic, 543c-621d. (Steinberger 276-319) Taxonomy of Government Forms

October 12

Plato, The Republic, wrap-up.
Introduction and thesis statement for Essay 1 due.

October 14

Epicurus, The Epicurus Reader, vii-xv, 3-4, 28-40, 42-44, 58-64.

October 19

Diogenes, "Testimonials" and "Life of Hipparchia".
Essay 1 due.

October 21

Midterm Exam

October 26

Reading Day

October 28

Plato, The Laws. (Steinberger 317-357)
Microessay 2 due in class

November 2

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. (Steinberger 361-377) Golden Mean

November 4

Aristotle, The Politics, Books 1 and 2. (Steinberger 377-394) Aristotle, On A Good Wife

November 9

Aristotle, The Politics, Books 3, 4, 5, 6. (Steinberger 394-421)

November 11

Aristotle, The Politics, Books 7 and 8. (Steinberger 421-442)

November 16

Cicero, The Republic. (Steinberger 446-460)
Microessay 3 due in class

November 18

Augustine, The City of God, excerpts. (Steinberger 463-482)

November 23

Augustine, The City of God, excerpts. (Steinberger 482-504)

November 25

Thanksgiving

November 30

Epictetus, The Handbook (The Encheiridion), all.

December 2

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, vii-xxiv, skim 3-129.

December 7

Thomas Aquinas, "On Kingship" and "Commentary on Aristotle."
Introduction and thesis statement for Essay 2 due.

December 9

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, excerpts. (Steinberger 508-546)
Microessay 4 due in class

December 14

Symposium

December 16

Essay 2 due to Old Main 204H by 12pm.