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.
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 March 21, 23 see film, continue if needed in Academic Commons
March 26 King, ch. 3 on Humanists, Continue Giovanni and Lusanna, chs. 2 and 3. Fri. Report on a Voices section of interest to you in King.
April 2 King ch. 4 on Patrons & Artists and on Medici and Florentine politics pp. 212-22, 225-233.
Wed. April 4 paper due in 2 copies.
Friday report on a Focus section of interest to you in King.
April 9 King, ch. 5 on Public and Private Lives Wed. Complete Giovanni and Lusanna chs. 4, 5 and discuss the case.
April 16 King, pp. 341-350 on women and education. 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.
April 23 Last class.
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