HIST 302 (Greece and Rome: Leadership in the Ancient World)

Spring 2015: T and Th 1:10–2:25pm ("We serve Caesar best by serving God first.")

"The Listening Heart: Reflections on the Foundations of Law" — Pope Benedict XVI


Reading Schedule

Pierre Manent, "What is a Nation?" (Jan 8)

Lycurgus (Jan 13), Solon (Jan 15)

Themistocles (Jan 20), Cimon (Jan 22)

Pericles (Jan 27), The Athenian Empire

Nicias (Feb 3), The Peloponnesian War

Alcibiades (Feb 10), The Sicilian Expedition

Agesilaus (Feb 17), Alexander (Feb 19) [the despot]

Cato (Mar 3), Aemilius Paullus (Mar 5)

Tiberius Gracchus (Mar 10), Gaius Gracchus (Mar 12) [the first distributists?]

Marius (Mar 17), Sulla (Mar 19)

Pompey (Mar 24), Republican Rome

Caesar (Mar 31), The Roman Empire

Antony (Apr 7), The Birth of Europe

Example of Plutarch comparing a Greek life and a Roman life
Jacques Maritain, "The Pagan Empire and the Power of God", Virginia Quarterly Review 15.2 (Spring 1939) 161–175.

250 words due in your journal on each date above wherever a leader's name is highlighted in bold. (18 in total.)

On-line editions of the Classics (including Plutarch): English, Greek, Latin


Seminar Participation

Follow the progress of our historical simulation of The Fall of Rome