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Lecture 1

CLA219H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Misogyny, Blackboard, Theogony

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Regina Hoeschele

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First Class - Intro. to the Course and The Goddesses
● Midterm 1: Oct 10 (20%)
● Midterm 2: Nov 21 (30%)
● Final (50%)
● Classes run for about an hour and a half rather than 2 hours
● Slides & terms will be posted on blackboard after the lecture
● Search for textbook on blackboard, other readings will be posted on blackboard
Sources where our information is found
● Archaeological/material evidence (ex. Temples, archaeological digs that yield objects)
● Epigraphy (inscriptions) (ex. If a women died in childbirth, etc.)
● Artifacts (statues of females, etc.)
● Literature (historical/scientific/mythological/poetic/philosophical texts)
○ Most of these things are made by males, and focus on male’s perspective of
“Pederasty” - when a young boy sleeps with an older man for knowledge
● Boys are considered female as they are submissive
Ancient greece
● Archaic period: 750-500 BC
“Polis”: city-states that had their own constitutions and rules
■ We know most about Athens, so most of our info. comes from Athens
● Classical: 500-323 BC (Athens is prominent)
○ Acropolis, Parthenon
○ Greek tragedy and a lot of texts come out of this period
○ 431-401 BC was a war with Sparta, so a lot of literature stops
○ Death of Alexander the Great ends this period
■ He made huge conquests and spread Greek culture; into east and Egypt
● Hellenistic: 323-31 BC
○ One of Alexander’s men, Ptolemy, become main power in Egypt (city called
○ Ends after Battle of Actium
● Imperial: after 31 BC, Rome takes power
Ancient Rome
● Founded in 753 BC
● Roman Republic: 500-130 BC
○ Toppled by civil wars
● Roman Empire: 30 BC - 3rd century AD
● Late antiquity: 4th-6th century AD
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