The Rise and Fall of a Legendary Empire
Online course September 17th – November 9th, 2022
Part 1: The Myth of Atlantis
One of the more intriguing and enigmatic myths from antiquity is the rise and fall of Atlantis, the legendary island situated beyond the Pillars of Hercules It was believed to be the seat of a vast domain which 9,000 years before Solon sought to wage war throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, only to fail once confronted by Athens.The legend, reported to Solon by an Egyptian priest, also held that Atlantis sunk into Oceanus.
The sources for the story of Atlantis are the Timaeus and the Critias which have consistently garnered readers throughout the ages with an array of fascinating stories:the ten kings, nocturnal assemblies, laws written on amber tablets, clothing shades of sea green and purple, immense bridges, buildings and towers built with white, black, and red marble, temples to sea divinities, their trade practices, warfare, the walls fashioned by Poseidon in concentric circles, and finally the catastrophe that caused the island and its inhabitants to be engulfed by the ocean.
This course will explore the foundational texts for the myth of Atlantis from Plato in addition to considering some of the secondary literature and hypotheses that have sought to explain the myth over the centuries. This part of the course will happen in a seminar webinar format via Zoom every Saturday from 17:00 to 18:15. Each lesson will happen entirely in Ancient Attic Greek.
Part 2: Writing and Conversation in Ancient Greek
In addition to the reading sessions, every Tuesday at 18:00 Schola Humanistica will offer a series of workshops on Zoom in which exercises will completed and reviewed with special attention to vocabulary acquisition for the texts explored in the course. Each meeting will allow for opportunities to converse with the other participants of the course and engage with them face to face. These workshops will also provide excercises and activities for those interested in improving their active command of Ancient Greek. Enrollment in both parts or only one part of the course is possible (see the columns below for more information).
The course has two components which can be pursued separately or jointly.
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Part 1, The Myth of Atlantis
|I.Saturday, September 17th, 17:00 CEST||The Temple of Neith in Egypt|
|II. Saturday, September 24th, 17:00 CES||Death by fire, death by water|
|III. Saturday, October 1st, 17:00||The love affairs of Poseidon|
|IV. Saturday, October 8th, 17:00 CEST||The ten kings|
|V. Saturday, October 15th, 17:00 CEST||Temples of sea divinities|
|VI. Saturday, October 22th, 17:00 CEST||Daily life on Atlantis|
|VII. Saturday, October 29th, 17:00 CET||Laws inscribed on amber|
|VIII. Saturday, November 5th, 17:00 CET||The sinking of Atlantis|
Part 2, Written and Spoken Ancient Greek Course
|I. Tuesday, September 21st, 18:00 CEST||Egypt|
|II. Tuesday, September 28th, 18:00 CEST||The four elements|
|III. Tuesday, October 5th, 18:00 CEST||The sea and gods of the sea|
|IV. Tuesday, October 12th, 18:00 CEST||Leadership, tyranny, and the kingdom|
|V. Tuesday, October 19th, 18:00 CEST||Religion and temples|
|VI. Tuesday, October 26th, 18:00 CEST||Public meeting space, commerce, and the ports|
|VII. Tuesday, November 2nd, 18:00 CET||Night assemblies|
|VIII. Tuesday, November 9th, 18:00 CET||Catastrophes|