WESTERN CULTURAL TRADITION I-IV
Professor Alice Behnegar
Overview 2002-2003

Unit I:  The Longing to Know (How Ought We to Live?)

(a)     The Need
September   9, 11                                       The Moviegoer
September   13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25             Odyssey
September   27, 30, October 2, 4                Republic I, II
October        7, 9                                        Symposium & Phaedrus (selections)
(b)     The Danger
October       11, 16, 18, 21                       The Clouds, Apology
October       23, 25                                   Things Fall Apart


Unit II: A Human Answer Pride /Nobility/Devotion to Political Community

October     28, 30, November 1, 4, 6, 8    Iliad, Ajax, Philoctetes, Ethics
November 11, 13, 15, 18, 20                    Aeneid, On Duties
November 22, 25                                      Coriolanus
December    2, 4                                        Julius Caesar
December    6, 9                                        Antony and Cleopatra


Unit III:  Biblical Answers Humility/Divine Guidance

(a)     The Problem of Man
January    13, 15, 17                                   Genesis 1-11

(b)     The Redemption of Man
(i) Divine Law (Purification)
January    22, 24                                        Genesis 12-24
January    27, 29                                        Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
January    31, February 3, 5                       Job

(ii)  Divine Grace (Transcendence)
February    7                                            Matthew
February  10                                            John
February  12, 14                                      Paul


Unit IV:  Biblical Answers Medieval Doubts & Elaborations

February  17, 19, 21, 24, 26                  Inferno
February  28, March 10, 12, 14             Purgatory
March 17, 19                                         Letter on Astrology, The Guide , The Decisive Treatise


Unit V:  A Human Answer Philosophy

March     17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31     Ethics or Republic
April       2, 4, 7, 9, 11


Unit VI:  A Human Answer We Can Not Know (Tragedy)

April     14                                        Agamemnon
April     16                                        Prometheus Bound
April     23                                        Oedipus Rex
April     25                                        Medea
April 26 or 27                                   Bacchae