This course is being taught in second semester.I believe that this course is very valuable for christian students: it can provide them with a lot of cultural and intellectual background for their understanding of the New Testament.There are many other benefits as well, because the ancients, including the Greeks and Romans, were blessed with both knowledge and insight. The Apostle Paul noted that the Greeks sought wisdom, and he appears to have respected this quest.
Units in this course include:
1. Early Greece
The Bronze Age in Greece is a natural starting point, and its influence on later developments was significant.
Archaeology will be stressed in the Minoan and Mycenaean sections, and included in the Archaic component. Literature from the Archaic age will include Homer, Hesiod, and the archaic lyrical poets, and will be studied in the light of the other strands.
2. Classical and Hellenistic Greece
The Classical Period is often regarded as the golden age of Greece, as seen in Periclean Athens. And such it was in literature, drama, art, and architecture. Fourth century BC philosophy will be included, as will Alexander the Great and his biographers.
3. Rome and its Empire
Vergil's Aeneid will furnish the starting point, since it addresses the Romans' point of view of their origins. Other literature will include Livy, the Romans' geography, institutions, culture, and language will all be dealt with, and their legacy.