Why Water Matters: Fall 2018
Schedule of Reading Assignments





changes and additional readings may be announced in class

Assigned readings are in the class dropbox


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August 29: Introduction

August 30: effective presentations workshop:

       Jean-Luc Dumont handout: http://www.treesmapsandtheorems.com/pdfs/TM&Th-3.0-summary.pdf


I. the science of water

September 4: precis of modern conceptualizations

September 6: Water and the 4 element/humor theory

September 7: website analysis workshop: 

Add/Drop ends


September 11: Nature of water

Presentation: Aristotle:

Presentation: Pliny the Elder:

September 13: Tides

Presentation: Poseidonius:

Presentation: Strabo:

September 14: Project Brainstorming


September 18: How water affects the weather 

Presentation: Theophrastus:

Presentation: Seneca the Younger:

project proposal due

September 20: Superstorms

Presentation: Ovid:

Presentation: Seneca the Younger:

September 21: music analysis workshop


II. People and Water

September 25: Water rights

Presentation: Frontinus (?):

Presentation: Digest:

September 27: The Search for the Source of the Nile

Presentation: Herodotus (?):

Presentation: Lucretius:

Presentation: Henry Morton Stanley:

September 28: no class


October 2: Discussion

October 4: Quiz 1

October 5: no class


October 9: Aqueducts and the Urban Water Supply

Presentation: Vitruvius:

Presentation: Frontinus (?):

October 11: Water and religion/ritual

October 12: no class


October 13-16: Fall Break


October 18: Trade and commerce and control of the seas by law or force

Presentation: Plutarch:

October 19: video analysis workshop


III. Water and War/National Identity

October 23: Greek and Roman ships and boats

project status report due

October 25: Navigation (ships, latitude/longitude)

Presentation: Tacitus:

Presentation: Strabo:

October 26: nautical workshop: ships, rigs, sails, and knots

website analysis due

last day to withdraw from a class


October 30: the Greek Navy

Presentation: Herodotus (?):

November 1: the Roman Navy and Naumachiae

Presentation: Julius Caesar:

November 2: group water mythology brainstorming


November 6: the British Navy

Presentation: James Cook:

November 8: Polynesia

November 9: group water mythology brainstorming


IV. Adventure on the high seas

November 13: Water and Mythology, Sea gods, heroic quest

Presentation: Hesiod:

Presentation: Lucian:

November 15: Odysseus

Presentation: Homer:

November 16: project draft status reports

analysis 2-3 due


November 20: Aeneas

Presentation: Vergil:




November 27:

Presentation: Apollonius of Rhodes:


November 29: Theseus, Herakles, and Hot Springs

Analyses 2-3 due

November 30: Water Mythology Group Presentations

group presentation responses due


December 4: Project Presentations

December 6: Project Presentations