CLAS 239 A: Greece: From Ancient To Modern

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
MGH 231
SLN: 
22033
Joint Sections: 
JSIS A 239 A
Instructor:
Alexander Hollmann

Syllabus Description:

Greece: Ancient to Modern (CLAS 239/JSIS A 239)

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Winter Quarter 2018
T Th, 12.30-2.20 at MGH 231

Instructors:

Dr. Alexander Hollmann (Classics)

hollmann@uw.edu: office hours Denny M262E TTh 3-4

Dr. Nektaria Klapaki (JSIS, Hellenic Studies)

nklapaki@uw.edu: office hours Th 9-10 (office Smith 208B)

Brief course description
How are Ancient and Modern Greece connected to each other? Learn about great moments in Ancient Greek culture (tyranny and democracy, tragedy and comedy, athletics and art) and the complex ways Modern Greece has drawn on this heritage by exploring ancient and modern texts and images.
No prerequisites

Schedule of topics and readings

The schedule is subject to change, but we will always notify you of any changes by e-mail. This version: 1/18/2018

 

Week 1: Who are the Greeks?

Th Jan 4: Introduction. PP presentation

 

Week 2: Bronze Age to Archaic Period

T Jan 9: Minoans and Mycenaeans, bronze age, Trojan War, contacts with Near East. Powerpoint presentation

Reading: extracts from Hesiod's Theogony and Hittite myth of Kumarbi with study questions. Powerpoint presentation

Recommended reading: "Early Greece and the Bronze Age" from Ancient Greece. A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan, Roberts. Oxford 1999.

 

Th Jan 11:  Dark Age and Archaic Period.  Powerpoint presentation

Reading: Homeric Hymn to Hermes [link to text or read this version], Herzfeld, "Stealing to Befriend". Study questions here. Powerpoint here

Recommended reading: "The 'Dark Age' of Greece and the Eighth-Century 'Renaissance' (c. 1150-700 BC)" from Ancient Greece. A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan, Roberts. Oxford 1999.

Recommended reading: "Archaic Greece (c. 700-500 BC)" from Ancient Greece. A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan, Roberts. Oxford 1999.

Week 3: The Athenian Brand

T Jan 16: Rise of Athens in Classical Period. Powerpoint here

Reading: Hanink pp. 32-69 ("How Athens Built Its Brand" - available as pdf) Study questions here

 

Th Jan 18: Tragedy and Athens. Powerpoint here

Reading: Aeschylus, Eumenides available as word doc

Study questions here

See a production of this play here

Recommended reading: "The Growth of Athens and the Persian Wars" and "The Rivalries of the Greek States and the Growth of Athenian Democracy" from Ancient Greece. A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Pomeroy, Burstein, Donlan, Roberts. Oxford 1999.

Week 4: Tragedy and Comedy

T Jan 23: Democracy in Athens. Powerpoint here

Reading: The Beginnings of Greek Democracy: Who Freed Athens?

First response paper due in class: assignment here

 

Th Jan 25: Comedy and Athens. Powerpoints here (democracy cont'd) and here (comedy)

Reading: Aristophanes, Lysistrata available as pdf

Study questions here

 

Week 5 Greeks and Others

T Jan 30 Greeks, Barbarians, Romans. Powerpoint here

Readings: selections from Herodotus and others here

 

Th Feb 1: MIDTERM EXAMINATION (PLEASE BRING BLUE BOOKS)

 

Week 6

T Feb 6 Modern Greek Identity: Ancient Greece and Byzantium. From the Revival Model to the Continuity Model. Romantic Hellenism and Philhellenism. Historiography and Folklore Studies.

Readings: Hanink, 104-31, 139-47, 167-70

Study questions here Study Questions for select pp. of Hanink.docx

Powerpoint here JSIS 239 (2:6)..pptx

 

Th Feb 8 Modern Greek folk songs and orality. The ritual lament. Greek exceptionalism?

Readings: Fishman 2008

Beaton 1986: 110-33

Powerpoint here JSIS 239 (2:8)..pptx

 

Week 7

T Feb 13 Achaeology and Modern Greek Identity. Claiming the classical heritage for themselves. Lord Elgin and the Parthenon marbles. The Parthenon marbles debate today.

Readings: Hanink, The Classical Debt, 1-8, 131-39

Plantzos 2017: 3-29

Powerpoint here 13 JSIS 239 (2:13).pptx

 

T Feb 15 Excavations in Knossos and Mycenae.

Readings: Cadogan 2004: 537-45

Papadopoulos 2005: 87-149

 

Week 8

T Feb 20 Ancient Greek cultures in modern Greece. Modern Greek drama. Tragedies on exile islands.

Readings: Van Steen 2005: 335-95

Van Steen 2002: 375-93

Powerpoint here 15 JSIS 239 (2:20)..pptx

 

 

Th Feb 22 Ancient Greek myth in modern Greek literature and culture. Neopagan revivals in modern Greece.

Readings: Makrides, Hellenic Temples and Christian Churches, 144-151 here Makrides_144-151.pdf

Powerpoint here 16 JSIS 239 (2:22)..pptx

 

Week 9

T Feb 27 The modern Olympics. Baron de Coubertin and the modern revival of the Olympics. The 1896 Olympics. Spyros Louis.

Readings: Yalouri, Athens, Olympic City 1896-1906, 297-335 here Yalouri_New_World_Meets_Ancient.pdf

Second Response paper due in class.

Assignment here: SECOND RESPONSE PAPER.docx

 

Th March 1 The 2004 Olympics. Greece: between the local and the global.

Readings: Hanink, The Classical Debt, 170-6, 186-94

Yalouri, The Acropolis, 77-100 here Yalouri 2001_77-100.pdf

 

Week 10

T March 6 Democracy today. Financial crisis and direct democracy. The Occupy Greece movement.

Readings: Hanink, The Classical Debt, 195-240

Simiti 2016: 33-50

 

Th March 8 The appropriation of ancient Greek heritage by Golden Dawn. Skype conversation with Johana Hanink.

Readings: Hanink, The Classical Debt, 241-255

 

FINAL EXAMINATION: Th March 15, 10.30-12.20, MGH 231

 

Course Description

How are Ancient and Modern Greece connected to each other? Partly real and partly invented, the bond between them can simultaneously be described in terms of revival and continuity, but also in terms of discontinuity, tension, appropriation and conflict. In the first half of the course we will look at some of the most distinctive features of and moments in Ancient Greek culture: the combination of competition and collaboration that gave rise to tyranny, oligarchy, and radical democracy, tragedy and comedy, athletic competition, and a much imitated style of art and architecture; how the Greeks presented themselves for generations to come in their literature, art, and architecture and saw themselves in relation to other peoples around them. In the second half of the course we look at Modern Greece and its relationship with Ancient Hellas: how has the heritage of Ancient Greece shaped Modern Greece? How have the excavations at Knossos and Mycenae and the debate about the Parthenon marbles impacted Modern Greek identity? How have Ancient Greek drama, myth and ritual been revived and to what end? What lies behind the modern (Greek) institution of the Olympic Games? How has the ancient Greek concept of democracy been used, appropriated, and abused?

We will explore primary texts and images both ancient and modern (poetry, history, novels, painting, sculpture, photography, and film) and a wide range of secondary readings in history, archaeology, literary criticism, cultural studies, and political science. There are no prerequisites.

 

Course Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • become familiar with key features of Ancient and Modern Greek culture
  • study Ancient and Modern Greek self-perceptions
  • understand the ambivalent relation between modern and ancient Greece
  • familiarize themselves with the key aspects of modern Greek identity and the ideological processes whereby they were constructed

 

Course Assignments

  • First response paper 20%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Second response paper 20%
  • Final exam 25%
  • Participation and attendance 10%

 

Required Course Reading Material

  • Johanna Hanink, The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2017).
  • Other assigned readings will be available through Canvas and as handouts in the class

 

Course Policies

Please come to class prepared to participate. This includes having read the readings assigned for the day.

Please refrain from using electronic devices for anything other than taking notes in class.

Please do not leave the classroom during the class except if absolutely necessary. A break will be provided half-way through the class.

All Powerpoint presentations shown in class will be posted on the website but please note that these are only outlines and not a substitute for notes. If you miss a class, please get notes from another student.

If you cannot take an exam because of illness or a personal or family emergency please let us know as soon as possible and a make-up may be arranged.

Papers must be handed in on the due date in class. Please contact the instructors as soon as possible if you are not able to do so because of illness or personal or family emergency.

 

Grade scale

The following grade scale will be used to convert percentages to GPA points

 

Percentage Earned 

Grade-Point Equivalent

74

2.1

100-95

4.0

73

2.0

94

3.9

72

1.9

93

3.8

71

1.8

92

3.7

70

1.7

91

3.6

69

1.6

90-89

3.5

68

1.5

88-87

3.4

67

1.4

86

3.3

66

1.3

85

3.2

65

1.2

84

3.1

64

1.1

83

3.0

63

1.0

82

2.9

62

0.9

81

2.8

61

0.8

80

2.7

60

0.7

79

2.6

59 and x < 59

0.0

78

2.5

 

 

77

2.4

 

 

76

2.3

 

 

75

2.2

 

 

Catalog Description: 
How are Ancient and Modern Greece connected to each other? Learn about great moments in Ancient Greek culture (tyranny and democracy, tragedy and comedy, athletics and art) and the complex ways Modern Greece has drawn on this heritage by exploring ancient and modern texts and images. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 239.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:14pm