Western Civilization I: Ancient to 1450
Fall Semester 2005

Frank Luttmer
113 Classic Hall
M W F: 10:00-11:00
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Course Description and Objectives

The beginning of a four-semester sequence in Western Civilization, this course is an introduction to the history of the Mediterranean world and Europe from ancient times to the end of the Middle Ages, with particular attention given to classical Greece and Rome and the High Middle Ages. The purpose of the Western Civilization sequence is to provide students of history and the liberal arts with a solid foundation in the principal ideas, institutions, and events that have shaped Western civilization. It seeks to promote an understanding of historical context and perspective and to encourage the skills essential to historical inquiry, including the capacity to define historical questions, analyze primary documents, evaluate alternative interpretations, develop coherent arguments, and write clearly and effectively. The course is organized in chronological sequence, with emphasis given to the close relationship between economic, social, political, religious, and intellectual developments of the same immediate historical period.

Required Readings

1. Marvin Perry, et al, Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society 7th ed. vol. 1 (061827104X)
2. Primary Texts and Resources from the Internet.


Final grades will be based on an evaluation of the following.

1. Three exams (20% each)
2. Research paper (20%)
3. Prospectus and in-class presentation (10%)
5. Class participation (10%)


Sept. 7: Perry, 5-32; The Hammurabi Code
Sept. 9: Perry, 34-49; The Hebrew Bible

Sept. 12: The Hebrew Bible
Sept. 14: Perry, 51-57; Homer; Sappho
Sept. 16: Perry, 57-66; Plutarch (Lycurgus); Herodotus

Sept. 19: Perry, 66-73, 96-98; Thucydides
Sept. 21: Perry, 75-86; Plato, Apology
Sept. 23: Plato, Republic; Plato, Phaedo

Sept. 26: Perry, 86-89; Aristotle, Ethics
Sept. 28: Aristotle, Politics; Aristotle, Physics
Sept. 30: Perry, 89-115; Greek Art and Architecture

Oct. 3: First Exam
Oct. 5: Perry, 120-130; Plutarch (Marcus Cato)
Oct. 7: Perry, 132-140; Caesar; Plutarch (Caesar)

Oct. 10: Perry, 130-132; Lucretius
Oct. 12: Perry, 142-150; Augustus; Tacitus
Oct. 14: Perry, 150-170; Marcus Aurelius

Oct. 17: Perry, 172-179; The Christian Bible
Oct. 19: The Christian Bible
Oct. 21: Perry, 179-195; Augustine

Oct. 24: Fall Break
Oct. 26: Augustine; The Rule of Benedict
Oct. 28: Perry, 199-210; John of Damascus; Iconoclastic Council; The Quran; al-Ghazali

Oct. 31: Perry, 210-227; Dionysius
Nov. 2: Second Exam
Nov. 4: Perry, 229-235; Feudalism; Commercial Revolution; Wharram Percy

Nov. 7: Perry, 236-241; Magna Carta
Nov. 9: Perry, 241-246; The Investiture Controversy
Nov. 11: Perry, 246-250; The Crusades; Prospectus Due

Nov. 14: Presentations
Nov. 16: Presentations
Nov. 18: Presentations

Nov. 21: Perry, 250-257; Inquisition
Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 28: Perry, 259-267; Abelard; Bernard
Nov. 30: Perry, 267-272; Aquinas
Dec. 2: Perry, 273-278; Dante

Dec. 5: Perry, 280-296; Boccaccio; Joan of Arc
Dec. 7: Romanesque Art and Architecture; Gothic Art and Architecture
Dec. 9: Music

Dec. 12-16: Final Exam

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