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

Spring 2014: T and Th 4:00–5:15pm ("We serve Caesar best by serving God first.")

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


Reading Schedule: Research Journal Project (40%)

Pierre Manent, "What is a Nation?" (Jan 9)

Lycurgus (Jan 14), Solon (Jan 16)

Themistocles (Jan 21), Cimon (Jan 23)

Pericles (Jan 30), The Athenian Empire

Nicias (Feb 6), The Peloponnesian War

Alcibiades (Feb 13), The Sicilian Expedition

Agesilaus (Feb 18), Alexander (Feb 20) [the despot]

Cato (Mar 4), Aemilius Paullus (Mar 6)

Tiberius Gracchus (Mar 11), Gaius Gracchus (Mar 11) [the first distributists?]

Marius (Mar 18), Sulla (Mar 20)

Pompey (Mar 27), Republican Rome

Caesar (Apr 3), The Roman Empire

Antony (Apr 8), 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

Plutarch Greek Lives Plutarch Roman Lives Cicero Defence

Final exam = Major Research Paper (30%)

Explain how Cicero himself illustrates what the making of Europe owes to Greece and Rome. Argue for your position and be sure to include telling concrete examples from the life of Cicero (see course text, In Defence of the Republic) to illustrate your argument. Evaluate the overall argument given in answer to this question by Christopher Dawson in his book The Making of Europe (Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2003), pp. 3–95. Assess your own argument in light of concrete examples from the life of Cicero (see course text, In Defence of the Republic). You may wish to bring the contributions of other scholars into your assessment (e.g., Philippe Némo in What is the West?), depending on your chosen examples, and to cite them in your footnotes and bibliography. Use the SSA Historical Layering Style Sheet for your footnotes and annotated bibliography.


Annotated Bibliography (20%): SSA Style

Christopher Dawson, "The Six Ages of the Church" in Christianity and European Culture (Washington, DC: CUA Press, 1998).

Christopher Dawson, "Europe and the Seven Stages of Western Culture" in Understanding Europe (Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2009), pp. 20–37.

Christopher Dawson, "The Origins of the Western Tradition of Education" in The Crisis of Western Education (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1961).

Rémi Brague on Roman "secondarity" and Western civilization is highly recommended.

Frank Jacobs, "Where Is Europe?", New York Times: Opinionator (Jan 9, 2012).

Roger Scruton, "The Limits of Liberty", The American Spectator (Dec 2008 / Jan 2009): 46–54.

Jacques Maritain, On the Philosophy of History (New York: Scribner, 1957).

What is the West? The Making of Europe


Tutorial Participation (10%)

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

St. Jerome on the fall of Rome

St. Augustine on the Sack of Rome in A.D. 410

The Game of Diplomacy Papal Diplomacy


The Fall of Rome: Our Classroom Strategy Simulation

Jonathan Kay on Diplomacy