Ancient Mediterranean History and Culture
at the San Antonio Museum of Art and Tobin Branch Library
Reading: Herodotus, Histories Tr. Robert Strassler
Cost: Free and open to the public
Who were the ancient Greeks? What made them so special ? Herodotus of Helicarnassus can help you answer these questions. In this book is the account of the “300″ Spartans who died (in fact, 299 died) in the pass at Thermopylae in order to forestall the invasion of Persians. But history for Herodotus is ethnography and anthropology, wonder-working storytelling, geography and geneaology, and not merely the chronicling of facts and events. By contrasting the Greeks with Egyptians, Persians, and many other cultural groups, the reader is given rich opportunities for reflection on human nature and the nature of human customs and laws, as well the context and character of the growing conflicts between Greeks and Persians, the defeat of the Persians and the rise of Athenian city-state.
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*References are to Strassler, Robert B. [Ed.] The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories. New York: Pantheon Books, 2007. A Complete list of readings and artifacts distributed to registrants of this course.
Seminar @ Tobin Library. Thursday, January 19th, 6-8pm. Book I; III, 37-38. Seminar Focus: What is the relationship between the Hellenes or Greeks and the ‘Barbarian periphery’, East, South and North – Lydian, Egyptian and Scythian?
Gallery talk @ SAMA. Tuesday, February 7th, 7-9pm
Gallery Talk Focus: 1.1 – 1.5 Origins of the Conflict between the Hellenes and barbarians, 1.26 – 1.94 Croesus; Book 2.1 – 2.98 Egypt, Appendix C: The Account of Egypt: Herodotus Right and Wrong, Appendix J: Greek Units of Currency, Weight, and Distance
Seminar @ Tobin. Thursday, March 16th, Tobin 6-8pm: Reading Focus: Book V, 62-78; VI, 94-140; VII, 1-60, 99-end
Gallery talk @ SAMA. Tuesday, April 18th, 7-9pm.
Gallery Talk Focus: 5.30 – 6.33 The Ionian Revolt, Appendix H: The Ionian Revolt, Appendix M: Herodotus on Persia and the Persian Empire, Appendix N: Hoplite Warfare in Herodotus, Appendix O: The Persian Army in Herodotus
Seminar @ Tobin. Thursday, May 18th, Tobin 6-8pm: Books VIII, IX Seminar Focus: Contrasting figures: Themistocles vs Xerxes, (VIII), Pausanius vs. Mardonius (IX)–8.40 – 8. 120 Battle of Salamis, 9.25 – 9.89 Battle of Plataea
Gallery talk @ SAMA Tuesday, May 30th SAMA 7-9pm Gallery Talk Focus: 6.94 – 6.120 The Marathon Campaign, 7.178 – 7.238 Battle of Thermopylae, 8.40 – 8. 120 Battle of Salamis, 9.25 – 9.89 Battle of Plataea, Appendix R: The Size of Xerxes’ Expeditionary Force,Appendix S: Trireme Warfare in Herodotus
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