Why Water Matters:

Fall 2019

Schedule of Reading Assignments

 

September

October

November

Changes and additional readings may be announced in class

Assigned readings are in the class Google Drive Folder

 

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Major Course Assignments

 

August 29: Introduction

August 30: Effective presentations workshop: Jean-Luc Dumont 

 

I. the science of water and the Watery Framework of the Cosmos

September 3: Precis of modern conceptualizations

September 5: Water and the Creation of the World

September 6: website analysis workshop: 

Add/Drop ends

 

September 10: Nature of Water, part one

Presentations:

       Pytheas

       Plato

       Aristotle

 

September 12: The Nature of Water: two great mysteries: Tides and the Nile

Presentations:

       Eratosthenes

       Posidonius

       Pliny the Elder

September 13: Project Brainstorming

 

September 17: Explaining Watery Weather, pp. 1-21

Presentations

       Theophrastus

       Seneca the Younger

project proposal due

September 19: Superstorms

Presentations:

       Gilgamesh

       Ovid

September 20: Music Analysis Workshop

SMALL 110, 5.00 pm:  Laurie Rush, “Saving Archaeology in Crisis Areas”

 

September 24: Water, Health, and Disease

Presentations:

       Hippocratic Corpus, Airs, Waters, Places

       Thucydides

       Celsus

II. Controlling and Harnessing Water

September 26:

Presentation: Cicero

September 27: discussion and quiz 1

 

October 1: Water Quality and Urban Planning

Presentations:

       Columella

       Pomponius Mela

October 3: Hydraulic Infrastructure

       Urban Hydraulic Engineering

       Marine Hydraulic Engineering

Presentations:

       Vitruvius

       Frontinus

October 4: no class

 

III. Engaging with the Watery World

October 8: Trade and Travel, pp. 1-16, 23-28

   Presentation: Periplus of the Erythraean Sea

October 10: Harvesting the Barren Sea

   Presentation:Oppian       

October 11: no class

 

October 14-15: Fall Break

October 17: Piracy: Control of the Seas by Law or Force

Presentation: Strabo

Small 110, 4.45 pm: Dmititri Nakassis, “The World Before Odysseus: Rethinking the history of Late Bronze Age Greece”


October 18: discussion and quiz 2

 

IV. Water and War/National Identity

October 22: Greek and Roman Ships and Boats

project status report due

October 24: Sailing and Navigating

Presentations:

       Hanno

       Apollonius of Rhodes

       Arrian

       Vegetius

 

October 25: Nautical Workshop: Ships, Rigs, Sails, and Knots

Collaborative Podcast 1 due (website analysis)

last day to withdraw from a class

 

October 29: The Sea and “National” Identity

Presentations:

       Aeschylus

       Herodotus

October 31: The Roman Navy and Naumachiae

Presentations:

       Julius Caesar

       Augustus

       Claudius

       Tacitus

       Suetonius

November 1: Podcast 2 collaboration

 

November 5: the British Navy

Presentation: James Cook:

November 7: Polynesia

November 8: no class

 

V. Imagining the Watery World

November 12: Creatures of the Sea

Presentation: Aelian

November 14: Water and the Divine

November 15: project draft status reports

 

November 19: Sailor Cults

November 21Homer, Odyssey selections

   Presentation: Homer:

November 22: discussion and quiz 3

 

November 26Vergil, Aeneid selections

Presentation: Vergil

Collaborative Podcast 2 due

 

November 28-30: THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

December 3: Project Presentations

December 5: Project Presentations