Prof. Maryanne Horowitz
Athens & Renaissance Florence
History 220, Spring 2018
Hist. 220 Ancient Athens and Renaissance Florence CORE Pre-1800 and Regional Focus
History & Classical Studies & GWSS credit
Class meets 1:55-2:50 p.m. MWF Fowler 110
Recommended Events: History Dept.: Confederate Monument Controversy, Prof. Nina Silber, Th. Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. Theatre Dept: Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale Students might suggest other events.
Books in Bookstore (also available used from Amazon.com)
H John Camp and Elizabeth Fisher, The World of the Ancient Greeks (Thames and Hudson, 2010)
Plato The Symposium (trans. Christopher Gill, Penguin Press or trans. by Jowett on-line)
Margaret L. King, The Renaissance in Europe
Gene Brucker, Giovanni and Lusanna: Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence
To gain familiarity with major events, people, and movements in the history of pre-modern Western Civilization
To learn basic methods of historical investigation, particularly analysis of textual and visual sources in the context of two very influential city-states (with many documents available in English)
To experience the process of interpreting major movements in ancient and Renaissance history (including Renaissance interpretation of antiquity)
To develop skills in historical argument, writing, and oral presentation.
1/3 Class attendance and discussion.
1/3 4-page paper due at beginning of class Wed. Feb. 14 analyzing at least 2 viewpoints on love advocated in Plato’s Symposium (Use M.L.A. parenthetical notes and add Works Cited
Typed Exam l on Wed. March 7
1/3 4-page paper at beginning of class Wed. April 4 comparing primary sources by two writers or artists of Renaissance Florence ( Bartlett, The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance: a Sourcebook on reserve is a good place to start) (Use M.L.A. parenthetical notes and add Works Cited.)
Typed Exam 2 on Wed. April 18.
Reading by Weeks. Read by Monday unless otherwise indicated
Fri. Jan. 26 Camp and Fisher, ch. 1, Who were the Greeks? Symposium, trans. Gill, pp. 3- 21.
Jan. 29 Camp and Fisher, ch. 5 Polis: the early Greek City, pp. 76-93, 97-101, 104-109, 110-115 Persian Wars Bring Plato, Symposium, each Friday.
Fri. Feb. 2 Camp and Fisher, ch.6 Classical Athens Symposium, trans. Gill, pp. 22-50
Feb. 5 2 Camp and Fisher, ch. 7 Gods and Heroes Fri. Complete discussion of Plato’s Symposium, 51-64. Students compare and contrast 2 speeches.
Feb. 12 Camp and Fisher, ch. 8 Greek Art and Architecture WED Feb. 14 paper due on Plato’s Symposium.
W. Feb. 21 Camp and Fisher, ch. 9, Alexander and the Hellenistic World See film TROY Fri. Feb. 23
Mon. Feb.26. Discuss selection from Iliad and film version. (Moral issues, Battle scenes, Funeral rites, Concubinage, Friendship) Have read the documents on Alexander and finish individual reports.
Wed. Feb. 28, Fri. March 2 and Mon. March 5, Introduction to the Italian Renaissance as started in Florence 14th century. Browse in King textbook and Bartlett or other books (on reserve) or Grendler’s Encyclopedia of the Renaissance to pick individuals of interest to you for next paper.
Lectures have already included on Renaissance Florence: “Burckhardtian Renaissance,” “ Introduction to key buildings in Renaissance Florence” via google images to Florence, Giotto’s innovations in art, Petrarch’s humanism, , Athens as an ideal city to emulate (goal to gather its Greek manuscripts and translate them), Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus related to 2 Venuses in Symposium, Seznec Survival of the Pagan Gods, Huizinga, Waning of the Middle Age, Brucker’s use of Florentine legal records as example Florentine preservation of records and Medici book collection.
Hour Exam on computers Wed. March 7 Fri. March 9 Begin Giovanni and Lusanna, Preface, and ch. 1. Discussion of types of individuals you’d like for your paper 2.
Mon. March 19 Submit proposal on 2 individuals for paper 2. Margaret King, ch. 2 on Republics
Wed. March 21 & Fri. 23 Discussions, mini-lectures related to paper topics chosen
Read about Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Julius II (r. 1503-13), as in King, pp. 77, 132-3, 171 on list of popes and “Challenges to the Papacy,” pp. 172-4. Especially on northern Invasion of Italian states, starting 1494, read pp.216-220. See film Agony and Ecstasy on confrontations of 2 individuals Michelangelo & Pope Julius II. (Prof. Horowitz is at Renaissance Society of America meeting in New Orleans)
Mon. March 26 King, ch. 3 on Humanists, Continue Giovanni and Lusanna, chs. 2 and 3. Discussion of reading. Discussion of film.
Wed. March 28 Varieties of Florentine humanism.
Fri. March 30 Report on a Voices section of interest to you in King.
Mon. April 2 King ch. 4 on Patrons & Artists. Also on Medici and Florentine politics pp. 212-22, 225-233.
Wed. April 4 paper due in 2 copies. Workshop on papers.
Friday April 6 report on a Focus section of interest to you in King.
Mon. April 9 King, ch. 5 on Public and Private Lives
Wed. April 11 Complete Giovanni and Lusanna chs. 4, 5 and discuss the case overall.
Fi. April 13. Guidelines for studying for exam: 8 Identify (who/what, where, when) and argue the significance.
Lecture “Machiavelli and Machiavellianism”
Mon. April 16 King, pp. 341-350 on women and education. Review for Exam.
Lecture on Political History of Florence after Lorenzo the Magnificent
Wed. April 18 Hour exam on computers Wed. April 18
Fri. April 20 Go directly to Special Collections, 3rd floor of Academic Commons, to experience a Renaissance library.
Check out 2 items on class reserve reading of interest to bring Mon. April 23: students picked ancient priestesses, impact of
Greek mythology, political theory and history before Machiavelli.
Mon. April 23 Handout. Read, analyze pp. 301-306 of Women’s Life in Greece & Rome on priestesses from Women’s Life in Greece and Rome.
Women in Ancient Greek Religion and impact later as in Eleusis.
Wed. April 25 Lecture: Books on political history and political theory known in the Renaissance
Fri. April 27 Student presentation on a Greek myth in the Renaissance. Student presentation and handout for leading of discussion on
15th century texts on politics of republics. Exams passed back.
Mon. April 30 Last Class: Discussion of hand-out on Golden Age/Garden of Eden and on Pagan Gods/Goddesses
in the Renaissance. Time for student evaluations on computers.
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