RELI 255 Syllabus -

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:
Mar. 27th
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.
Apr. 3rd
Apr. 5th
Roman History
Etruscan and Early Roman Art: Assignment due
Apr. 10th
Apr. 12th
Virgil, The Aeneid, Books 1-4, 12
Imperial Roman Art: Assignment due
Apr. 17th
Apr. 19th
Epictetus, Handbook of Epictetus
Christian Scriptures: Mark; Romans; 1 Timothy 2:8-2:15
Apr. 24th
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
May 1st
Jan. 11th
Jan. 16th
Jan. 18th
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 6:5 – 9:17 (Flood)
Jan. 23rd
Jan. 25th
Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 1-3 (Creation); Ruth; Job 1-2, 34-42
Mesopotamian, Minoan, Mycenaean Art: Assignment Due
Jan. 30th
Feb. 1st
Homer, The Odyssey, Books 1-8
Homer, Books 9-19
Feb. 6th
Feb. 8th
Homer, Books 20-24
Early Greek Art: Assignment Due
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)
Feb. 20th
Feb. 22nd
Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp. 13-30, 131-208
Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp. 209-251
Feb. 27th
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)
Mar. 6th
Mar. 8th
Mar. 13th
Mar. 15th
Mar. 20th
Mar. 22nd
Texts to Buy
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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