Readings/Due Dates

CLASS SCHEDULE, READINGS, AND DEADLINES

Week 1:

 

January 17

Introduction; Defining a hero/heroine? Significance of Exemplary Lives

January 19

Reading:

-       Cubitt, G., “Introduction: heroic reputations and exemplary lives,” in Heroic Reputations and Exemplary Lives, eds. G. Cubitt and A. Warren (Manchester 2002), 1-25.

-       http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/03/tragic-heroes/307284/

-       Gibbon, P. A Call to Heroism: Renewing America’s Vision of Greatness (New York 2002), excerpt.

Week 2:

 

January 24-26

Herakles: The Ultimate Panhellenic Hero

-       Selections from Euripides’ Herakles, and Apollodorus of Rhodes, Argonautika

-       Schefold, K. Gods and Heroes in Late Archaic Greek Art, Cambridge University Press, 1992, pp. 93-134. (read for descriptions of myth and images)

-       Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones. "Herakles re-dressed: gender, clothing and the construction of a Greek hero," in Herakles and Hercules: exploring a Geaeco-Roman divinity, edited by L. Rawlings and H. Bowden. Classical Press of Wales, 2005, 51-70. (WEEKLY RESPONSE)

-       Jennifer Larson, "Singularity of Herakles," in Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, edited by S. Albersmeier. Walters Art Museum, 2009, 31-38.

Week 3:

 

January 31-February 2

Homer and the Bronze Age Context of Trojan Heroes

-       Selections from the Iliad (Book 5, skim lines 1-450) and Odyssey (Book 11, lines 88-214, 439-529, 566-603)

-       Corinne Ondine Pache, "The Hero Beyond Himself: Heroic Death in Ancient Greek Poetry and Art," Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, edited by S. Albersmeier. Walters Art Museum, 2009, 89-107. (WEEKLY RESPONSE)

-       Ralf von den Hoff, "Odysseus: an Epic Hero with a Human Face," in Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, edited by S. Albersmeier. Walters Art Museum, 2009, 57-65.

-       NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with the basic plot of the Iliad and the Odyssey or would like a refresher these links have a short synopsis including identification of key characters: http://www.ancient-literature.com/greece_homer_odyssey.html and http://www.ancient-literature.com/greece_homer_iliad.html.

 

 

Week 4:

 

February 7

Greek Heroes as Political Figures: Theseus in Athens

-       H.A. Shapiro, "Theseus: Aspects of the Hero in Archaic Greece," in New Perspectives in Early Greek Art, edited by. D. Buitron-Oliver. National Gallery of Art, 1991, 123-140.

-       Hans-Joachim Gehrke, "Myth, History, and Collective Identity: Uses of the Past in Ancient Greece and Beyond," in The Historian's Craft in the Age of Herodotus, edited by N. Luraghi. Oxford University Press, 2001, 286-313. (WEEKLY RESPONSE)

February 9

Greek Heroes as Political Figures: Telephos in Pergamon

-       Andrew Stewart, "A Hero's Quest: Narrative and the Telephos Frieze," in Pergamon: the Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar, edited by R. Dreyfus and E. Schraudolph. Fine Arts Museum of California, 1996, 39-52.

Week 5:

 

February 14

 

 

 

 

February 16

 

Female Heroes in Ancient Greece

-       Deborah Lyons, Gender and Immortality: Heroines in Ancient Greek Myth and Cult. Princeton University Press, 1996. (READING RESPONSE)

-       H. A. Shapiro, "Helen: Heroine of Cult, Heroine in Art," in Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, edited by S. Albersmeier. Walters Art Museum, 2009, 349-56. 

 

-        Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Prologue

 

 

February 16

DUE: Visual Analysis Assignment

Week 6:

 

February 21-23

Alexander the Great and Heroes of War

- Bartov, O. 1989. "Man and the Mass: Reality and the Heroic Image in War," History and Memory: 1, pp. 99-122 (READING RESPONSE)

- Pollitt, J.J. "Royal Iconography", 19-46

- (Skim also for Thursday just to note a different approach) Smirnov, O. et. al. 2007, "Ancestral War and the Evolutionary Origins of "Heroism", in The Journal of Politics, 69, pp. 927-940

 

 

Week 7:

 

February 28-March 2

Aeneas, the Aeneid, and Rome

- Rehak, P. 2001. "Aeneas or Numa? Rethinking the Meaning of the Ara Pacis Augustae," Art Bulletin, 83: 190-208. (READING RESPONSE)

- Vergil's Aeneid, excerpts from Books 6 and 7

- Vance, N. 2000,"Roman Heroism and the Problems of Nineteenth-century Empire: Aeneas and Caractacus," in Heroic Reputations and Exemplary Lives, eds. G. Cubitt and A. Warren (Manchester 2002), 142-156.

March 2

DUE: Paper topic and short abstract/initial thoughts

 

 

Week 8:

 

March 7

Roman Foundations, continued

Heroic Roman Women

Stevenson, T. 2001. "Women of Early Rome as "Exempla" in Livy, "Ab Urbe Condita", Book 1," The Classical World, 104: 175-189.

March 9

NO MEETING

Week 9:

 

March 13-17

SPRING BREAK

Week 10:

 

March 21-23

Deification in Ancient Rome

- Matheson, S. 1996. "The Divine Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome," in I Claudia I, Women in Ancient Rome (article only)

- Blevins, S. Deified Emperors in the City of Rome: Memorial Model and the Impact of Accumulation (conference paper text, READING RESPONSE)

- Blevins, S. Deified Emperors in the City of Rome: Memorial Model and the Impact of Accumulation (conference paper images for READING RESPONSE)

 

(For Thursday in conjunction with the Matheson article on Imperial Women) Kampen, N. "Gender Theory in Roman Art," in I Claudia I, Women in Ancient Rome

March 23

PODCAST ASSIGNMENT Due

Week 11:

 

March 28-30

Early American Heroes and Heroines

 

 

Week 12:

 

April 4-6

Modern Superheroes

DUE: Paper Outline and Preliminary Bibliography

 

 

Week 13:

 

April 11

Modern Heroines: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Wonder Woman

April

 

Week 14:

 

April 18-20

Heroism in the Harry Potter Series

April 20

DUE: Draft of Final Paper

 Week 15:

 

April 25

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

April 27

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

May 9, 6:00 PM

Final Paper Due