Western Tradition I

This second seminar builds on the skills of critical thinking, critical reading and writing, and shared inquiry that were developed in Critical Strategies and Great Questions (SEM 001).

Students continue to practice strategies for engaging with texts from the Greek and Latin traditions, asking meaningful questions about them, and effectively participating in collaborative discussions. Reading and writing assignments are specifically designed to support students' continued development of these strategies and skills.

Reading List

  • Homer,  "The Shield of Achilles"
  • Sappho, Sappho: A New Translation (selections)
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  • Aeschylus, The Eumenides
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (selections)
  • Euclid, Elements (selections)
  • Plato, Crito
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
  • Terence, The Brothers
  • Virgil, The Georgics
  • Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe (selections)
  • Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew, parables
  • St. Augustine, Confessions
  • Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias (selections)
  • Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (selections)
  • Marie de France, The Lais (selections)
  • Dante, Purgatorio