Civ/Hum 3 Course Website ~ MTu ~ Fall 2017~ BHA Section
Autobiography of Western Civilization
Kaliopi Pappas

Ara Pacis
Ivy detail from Ara Pacis Augustae (the Augustan Altar of Peace), late first century BC. Roman.

Scroll down for the latest assignments/additions/changes...last updated 10/16/2017...

* 9/11 & 10/16 classes cancelled due to instructor illness! See updated schedule below! Paper 1 scores coming later this week. *

Here you'll find a copy of our course syllabus, as well as required primary source readings assigned to complement the chapters assigned in our official course textbook. :D Be sure to bookmark this site and come back regularly! Always make sure to refresh the page when you visit.

Please note that the assignments on this page may differ from those provided on the preliminary syllabus linked below. Go by the assignments on this page, please, as the syllabus schedule is tentative. :) If you read ahead, be aware that the assignments may be tweaked during the week for which they have been assigned. See the schedule below for more precise assignments. Remember - website readings are REQUIRED.

Administrative Stuff/Syllabus:

Powerpoint Lectures:

The following HTML slides are being made available as study aids to students who are officially and currently enrolled in the course. Again, they are intended for currently enrolled Civ/Hum students only. The slides are NOT intended as a substitute for class attendance and discussion.

They are password protected; the syllabus from first day of class has the login information you'll need.

(Assignments are listed in parentheses under the dates they are to be covered in class.)


Course Introduction

* A fun and informative video about plagiarism! :)

8/22 & 28

The Near East (Ch. 1 in text; Gilgamesh excerpts on website)

* Chapter 1 in text to be discussed 8/22.

* Gilgamesh Excerpts and Summary - to be discussed both days.

* The full text is not required, but is available here: Gilgamesh Full Text (For fun/reference)

* Please also review these Gilgamesh study questions (first section). You don't need to turn in your answers, but DO be prepared to discuss them in class.

8/29 & 9/5

Aegean Civilizations & Archaic Greece (Ch. 2 in text; Odyssey excerpts on website)

* Homer - The Odyssey - Please read the excerpts listed for both days.

* Please complete these Odyssey study questions (second section). Answers are not due in class, but DO be prepared to discuss them.

* Sappho - Lyric Poetry - Not required, but an interesting comparison to the Homeric, epic poetry. How are they different? What do you think accounts for these differences?

*The Homeric Hymns - Not required, but offered for reference. Includes poetic summaries of the Gods' and Goddess' lives and deeds. This will help you "get to know" some of the divinities alluded to in the Odyssey.

* Images from Ancient Greece - Bronze Age and Beyond!


9/12, 18, & 19

Classical Greece: The Hellenic Age (Ch. 3 in text; Sophocles' Oedipus full text on website, Plato's Republic excerpts on website)

* Oedipus Rex - Full text to be discussed on 9/11 & 12. Aristotle's Poetics is included on the unit assignment page but is not required reading.

* Study Questions 3 (Oedipus) will be discussed in class on 9/12 & 18.

* FILM: Greek Theatre/Oedipus Rex and In-class Response 1 on 9/18.

* Paper One assigned on 9/12, due on 10/1 via - Paper prompt posted HERE.

* Plato's Republic - Excerpts listed to be discussed on 9/19. Aristotle's Poetics is included on the unit assignment page but is not required reading.

* Study Questions 4 (Plato) will be discussed in class on 9/19.

* Photos from Ancient Greece - Bronze Age and Beyond!

9/25, 26, 10/2, 3

The Hellenistic Age (Ch. 4 in text; Epicurus letter on website)

* Epicurus - Letter to Menoeceus

* Study Questions 5 will be discussed in class.

10/9 & 10

Pre-Christian Rome (Chs. 4 & 6 in text; Virgil and Ovid excerpts on website)

* Virgil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphosis - Includes study questions 6, which will be discussed in class on both days (also includes questions relating to Tertullian, below).

* Paper One assigned on 9/12, due on 10/1 via - Paper prompt posted HERE.


10/17 & 23

Christian Rome and Judaism (Ch. 5 in text; Tertullian excerpts on website)

* Tertullian - On the Apparel of Women, Books ONE and TWO - Continuing discussion of study questions 6.

Late Rome and Rome's "Heir Civilizations" 1: The Byzantine Empire and Early Medieval West (Ch. 7 in text; Augustine "Confessions" excerpts on website)

* Confessions excerpts and study questions 7 to be discussed in class (Includes questions relating to Beowulf, below).


Late Rome and Rome's "Heir Civilizations" 2:   The Early Medieval West and Old Islamic Empire (Chs. 7 & 8 in text; Beowulf excerpts on website)

* Beowulf excerpts and study questions 7.

* Rumi's poem "The Arab and His Wife," or "A Man and a Woman Arguing" (optional; linked at the bottom of the page, under the optional Arabian Nights segment)

* Photos of 20th century "Moorish" revival: Cairo's Mosque of Ibn Tulun vs. I House: &


- Bring your textbook and notes, at least one 8.5"x11" bluebook, and blue or black ballpoint ink pens!


High Middle Ages (Ch. 9 in text; Lancelot excerpts on website)

* Selections from Lancelot (Hildegard's poetry is not required) here.

* Study Questions 8 covering Lancelot and Canterbury Tales .


Late Middle Ages (Chs. 10 in text; Chaucer excerpts on website)

* Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: General Prologue and Modern English Text of The Wife of Bath. More resources on the story available here.

* Study Questions 8 covering Lancelot and Canterbury Tales .

* Hildegard von Bingen: Quia ergo femina mortem instruxit (a modern interpretation from Canticles of Ecstasy, by Sequentia). This .mp3 file works for some and not others; try downloading it to disk. If it still won't work, don't worry about it. :)

Medieval Architecture Lecture



Early Renaissance (Ch. 11 in text; Alberti excerpts on website)

* Leon Battista Alberti, On Painting: Book 2

* Study Questions 9


High Renaissance/Mannerism (Ch. 12 & 13 in text; Machiavelli & Castiglione excerpts on website)

* Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier, Books 1 & III.

* Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapters 15, 16, 17.

* Study Questions 9

* Optional: Sir Thomas More, Utopia. Read three sections of Book II - The sections headed "Of Their Trades, and Manner of Life," "Of Their Military Discipline," and the section on religion that follows.

*Weelkes, "As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending."


Baroque Age/Scientific Revolution (Ch. 14 & 15 in text; De la Cruz, Hobbes, and Locke excerpts on website)

* Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan - Part One, Chapter 13 (it's not very long :) )

* John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government - Chapters 9 and 19

* Optional: Sor Juana de la Cruz ~ Poem excerpt

* Study Questions 10 to be discussed in class.

* Vivaldi - Spring from The Four Seasons


The Age of Reason/Revolution (Ch. 16 & 17 in text; Wollstonecraft, Austen, Jefferson, &Madison excerpts on website; Ch. 17-18 companion piece on website)

* Mary Wollstonecraft, Introduction from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Full text here.

* Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice Chapters 1-3.

* Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence(linked from main page)

* James Madison, The Federalist Papers, Federalist No.s 10 & 51

* Study Questions 11 to be discussed in class.

* The Industrial Revolution and the Limits of Rationalism: Roots and Early Reactions

* Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Allegro

* Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - March to the Scaffold

11/20, 21, 27, 28

The Triumph of the Bourgeoisie/Early Modernism (Chs. 18 & 19 in text; my companion piece to the textbook chapters 17-18, Shelley excerpts, and Marx & Engels excerpts on website)

* The Industrial Revolution and the Limits of Rationalism: Roots and Early Reactions

* Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Ch. 4 and 5 here.

* Marx & Engels - The Communist Manifesto

* Study Questions 12 to be discussed in class on 11/14.

* FILM: Fritz Lang's Metropolis, 11/21 & 27.

* In-class film discussion and Video Response #2 on 11/28.

* Paper #2 assigned on 11/20and DUE on 12/10. To be submitted via Prompt posted HERE.

12/4 & 12/5

* Study Questions 13 to be discussed in class.

20th Century - Part 1 (Chs. 20 - 22 in text; Lawrence, Orwell, Imperial Letters, and World’s Fair excerpts on website)

* Imperial Russian Letters, photos, and Olga's & Tatiana's "stories" at Grand Duchess Olga | Grand Duchess Tatiana---- Please note that the above "life stories" were not actually written by Tsar Nikolai II's daughters; they were written by me in first person using facts gleaned from my research. The letters included in the "works" and "letters" sections, however, are authentic, and of their own hands. See also for more information about the last tsar of Russia and his family.

* D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Chapters 1 & 2. A story about adjusting to life after the Great War (understatement! understatement!). ;)

* George Orwell, Animal Farm, Chapters 1 & 2 . Written in 1945, Animal Farm is an...interesting...allegory for the Russian revolution. The "Marx" figure and all the key Bolshevik figures guessed it...pigs!

* Paper #2 assigned on11/20 and DUE on 12/10. To be submitted via Prompt to be posted HERE.

20th Century - Part 2

* 20th century America and the New York World's Fair (1964-65)

* FILM: Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair.

* In-class film response #3 on 12/5.

12/11 - FINAL EXAM - regular time, regular place.

- Bring your textbook and notes, at least one 8.5"x11" bluebook, and blue or black ballpoint ink pens!

- Last chance to pick up VRs and Midterms!

* I'll email the class as soon as Paper 2 grades (available at and course grades (available via student portal pages on the official Delta site) are posted. *