EVALUATING THE ANCIENT EVIDENCE:ASSIGNMENTS FOR SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS & PRESENTATIONS
GROUP 1: Fantham, illustrations on pp. 99, 100 & 101 (figs. 3.13, 3.14 & 3.15)
GROUP 2: Fantham, illustrations on pp. 117, 118 & 119 (figs. 3.25, 3.26, & 3.27)
GROUP 3: Fantham, illustrations on pp. 217, 219, & 235 (figs. 7.1, 7.2, & 7.7)
GROUP 4: Homeric Hymn #27, "To Artemis" (Sargent translation, p. 76)
GROUP 5: Fragments of poems by Sappho, in Fantham: frag. #94, pp. 15-16, and #96, p. 16. (Alternative translations appear in Snyder, pp. 24-5 & 28.)
GROUP 6: Selection from Aristotle, History of Animals 608a32-b19 (Fantham p. 192)
GROUP 7: Selection from a plea for the defense in a murder trial; handout ("On the Murder of Eratosthenes")
GROUP 8: Poem by Sulpicia, Fantham p. 324 (bottom of page).--Read the assigned passages and look at the pictures before class on Wed., Sept. 13. Be sure to look up any words you do not understand.
Before assigning people to groups, I will ask if you have preferences, so make a note of the passages or pictures you find most interesting.--
In class on Wed., Sept. 13, we will divide into small groups (of 5 people maximum), each of which will discuss one passage or picture, using the following questions as guidelines. One member of each group should be chosen to act as "reporter"; she or he will be responsible for briefly presenting the group's conclusions to the rest of the class on Friday. --
Everyone should submit a 2-3 p. paper incorporating your own reflections on these questions (as they apply to the specific piece[s] of evidence you studied) as well as the conclusions of your group that you found most helpful.
Discussion questions: --
What questions does the passage or picture raise in your mind? (What remains unclear or ambiguous about it?)
--What further information would help you answer these questions? (What do you need to know about the context in which it was produced?) --
If this information cannot be obtained, is the passage or picture still useful as evidence for women's experience, or for attitudes about women, in the ancient world? What tentative conclusions or hypotheses can we draw from it?