RELI 255 - The Early Roots of Christianity Dr. Peter Foley Office: Harvill 347C Telephone: 621-1757 [email protected] Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:00-12:00 Weekly Syllabus: Tues. Mar. 27th Th. Mar. 29th Exam #2 (Mostly objective; designed to test whether you have done and comprehended the reading. Use class discussions to make sure you understand the philosophy. NO CLASS Tues. Th. Apr. 3rd Apr. 5th Roman History Etruscan and Early Roman Art: Assignment due Tues. Th. Apr. 10th Apr. 12th Virgil, The Aeneid, Books 1-4, 12 Imperial Roman Art: Assignment due Tues. Th. Apr. 17th Apr. 19th Epictetus, Handbook of Epictetus Christian Scriptures: Mark; Romans; 1 Timothy 2:8-2:15 Tues. Apr. 24th Th. Apr. 26th Christian Scriptures: John, 1-4, 8, 11:1-12:8, 19:25-19:27, 20:1-20:18; Matthew 1:1-1:18; Luke 2 Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval Art: Assignment due Tues. May 1st Review Th. Jan. 11th Introduction Tues. Th. Jan. 16th Jan. 18th The Epic of Gilgamesh Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 6:5 – 9:17 (Flood) Tues. Th. Jan. 23rd Jan. 25th Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 1-3 (Creation); Ruth; Job 1-2, 34-42 Mesopotamian, Minoan, Mycenaean Art: Assignment Due Tues. Th. Jan. 30th Feb. 1st Homer, The Odyssey, Books 1-8 Homer, Books 9-19 Tues. Th. Feb. 6th Feb. 8th Homer, Books 20-24 Early Greek Art: Assignment Due Tues. Th. Feb. 13th Feb. 15th Preparation for exam: assignment will be given Exam #1 Epictetus, Handbook of Epictetus, (Hackett:1983) Homer, The Odyssey, trans. R. Fitzgerald, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998) Plato, The Republic and Other Works, trans. B. Jowett (Anchor, 1960) Tues. Th. Feb. 20th Feb. 22nd Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp. 13-30, 131-208 Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp. 209-251 Tues. Feb. 27th Th. Mar. 1st Plato, The Republic and Other Works, “Euthyphro,” “Apology,” “Crito,” “Phaedro,” pp. 429-443, 447-485, 550-552 Plato, “The Republic,” Book V (Role of Women), pp. 138-173; VII (Allegory of the Cave), pp. 205-233 Introduction to Aristotle trans. Richard McKeon (McGraw-Hill, 1965) The Epic of Gilgamesh, intro. N. K. Sandars (Penguin Books, 1972) Sophocles, Three Theban Plays (Penguin Books, 2000) Virgil, The Aeneid, (Vintage, 1990) Tues. Th. Mar. 6th Mar. 8th Tues. Th. Mar. 13th Mar. 15th Tues. Th. Mar. 20th Mar. 22nd Texts to Buy Final: Tuesday May 8, 2007 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Classical Greek Art: Assignment due; Also: Papers due Introduction to Aristotle, “Ethics,” pp 308-347, 532-534 Spring Break; No Class Spring Break; No Class Introduction to Aristotle, “Politics,” pp 553-578, 616-617 Fourth Century Greek and Hellenistic Art: Assignment due Texts on Reserve: http://eres.library.arizona.edu/ There is collection of readings for you on the library’s ERes (Electronic Reserves) page for this class. The password for these is: context. These readings will be accompanied by assignments with questions on the readings. These readings and assignments are noted in the syllabus and will become available over the course of the semester. Grade Policy Final grades are calculated as follows for undergraduates: 18% Exam #1 16% Objective Exam #2 27% Final Exam #3 25% Paper 4% Class participation 10% Art assignments, other writing assignments, and pop-quizzes At the university level, it requires a good deal of application to work satisfactorily. Do not expect to earn even a C unless you meet university standards. This is primarily a discussion course. To encourage and reward class participation, I award a letter grade for participation. This grade reflects the thoughtfulness and consistency of your contributions. Students who are ill prepared or rely on others to carry the discussion can expect to receive a low participation grade. Your participation in class discussions is one of the requirements of this course. Exams To receive at least a satisfactory grade on the exams, you must demonstrate a firm grasp of course materials as well as an ability to analyze and synthesize significant ideas in an original and incisive manner. Notes that you take in class will be of fundamental significance to you for your exam preparation. I shall give make-up exams only in cases of certifiable emergencies. Academic Ethics Cases of cheating and/or plagiarism will be given the maximum available sanctions. The consequences of any such actions are very serious, and will be decided in consultation with the Religious Studies Program and the Dean of Students office. The least of such consequences is an automatic course grade of E. Attendance Policy Do not miss class. Daily attendance will be taken. Students will be dropped if they miss a total of three days of classes over the semester. I shall follow this policy and monitor attendance throughout the semester. Students will be administratively dropped if they miss the first day of class. Students can also have 2% subtracted from their grade for each absence. If for any reason you should need to arrive late or leave early I would appreciate the courtesy of discussing that with me in advance. Drop Policy If you decide to drop the course, make sure you receive my signature on the drop/add form. You do not need to justify dropping the course, but see me to avoid bureaucratic difficulties later. Readings You need to come to class prepared. You are required to do the work assigned on the syllabus. Please bring assigned readings to class. You will need to refer to the text. Office Hours Please feel free to visit me during my office hours. I shall be happy to talk with you regarding the course and related matters. Submitting work Work has to be submitted on paper to count. Your paper should be submitted both electronically and on paper to count. Instructions on how to submit your paper to turnitin.com will be announced later. Please submit work on time. In some cases points will be subtracted for late work. If you will have a problem getting work to me in time, please discuss this with me in advance.