Monday, October 4, 2010

Reasoning/Spirited: Greek History Review #4

I am still in the process of writing up the remaining lectures given at the Artists and Actors symposium, but life, it seems, keeps getting in the way. I hope that I shall manage to get Barbara Kowalzig's talk up by the end of tonight. In the intervening period, I have decided to revise my original plan of only rereading the secondary sources from my Greek History syllabus, but also rereading the primary sources assigned to each day. This will make the process take longer, but ultimately I think it will provide a clearer and fuller sense of the kind of information that scholars use to glean their insights and interpret Greek history.

In terms of more general textbook sources, I finished reading Oswyn Murray's Early Greece, and I have recently begun (and am about 100 pages into) Pomeroy et al's Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History. Sadly, this larger and more comprehensive volume lacks the charm and energy of Murray's work, but it still sheds some light on the history providing a more comprehensive background, upon which I can stitch together the secondary and primary sources from my syllabus.
Early Greece: Second Edition Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History
The first sections are on the way to read Greek sources and how to interpret the information. Specifically focusing on the way in which the Greeks interpreted their own past and the Dark Age. So far I've read The Landmark Herodotus (1.56, 2.53) and The Landmark Thucydides (1.1-8, 12) and I am working reading The Odyssey of Homer(Books 1-4) and Oresteia (lines 1-907). and fjls
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
The Odyssey of Homer (Perennial Classics) Oresteia
After this, this, there is a lot more Homer to read. I am going to try to read the entirety of the Odyssey, because I have not read the whole thing since 9th grade and I probably need a refresher.

I am also going to try to supplement the history syllabus by increasing my knowledge of Greek art. I'm planning on using The Art and Culture of Early Greece and Archaic and Classical Greek Art, but I would be happy for suggestions if anyone has particular favorites.
The Art and Culture of Early Greece, 1100-480 B.C. Archaic and Classical Greek Art (Oxford History of Art) 

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