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 Four Element Theory

September 7: website analysis workshop:  Add/Drop ends


September 11: Nature of Water

Presentation: Aristotle: Ben


September 13: Tides

Presentation: Poseidonius: Rebecca

Presentation: Strabo: Daniel

Presentation: Pliny the Elder: Abhishek


September 14: Project Brainstorming


September 18: How Water affects the Weather 

Presentation: Theophrastus: Tammy

Presentation: Seneca the Younger: Marcus

project proposal due

September 20: Superstorms

Presentation: Gilgamesh: Zack J

Presentation: Ovid:

September 21: Music Analysis Workshop


II. People and Water

September 25: Water Rights

Presentation: Digest:

September 27: The Search for the Source of the Nile

Presentation: Lucretius: Jonathan

Presentation: Henry Morton Stanley: Zack D

September 28: no class


October 2: Discussion

October 4: Quiz 1

October 5: work on collaborative website analysis


October 9: Aqueducts and the Urban Water Supply

Presentation: Vitruvius: Elizabeth

Presentation: Frontinus: Percy

October 11: Water and Religion/Ritual

October 12: no class


October 13-16: Fall Break


October 18: Trade and Commerce: Control of the Seas by Law or Force

Presentation: Plutarch: Anna Grace

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: Theo


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: Charlie

November 1: The Roman Navy and Naumachiae

Presentation: Julius Caesar: Greg

Presentation: Vegetius: Clay

November 2: group water mythology brainstorming


November 6: the British Navy

Presentation: James Cook: Cole

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: Calleigh

November 15: Odysseus

Presentation: Homer: Christian

November 16: project draft status reports

analysis 2 due


November 20: Aeneas

Presentation: Vergil: Freddie




November 27:

Presentation: Apollonius of Rhodes:


November 29: Theseus, Herakles, and Hot Springs

Analysis 2 due

November 30: Water Mythology Group Presentations

group presentation responses due


December 4: Project Presentations

December 6: Project Presentations