Course Schedule

READING MATERIALS
1. “On Leadership” by Nan Keohane
2. Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus
3. Isocrates’ Three Cyprian Orations (Evagoras, To Nicocles, To the Cyprians)
4. Plato’s Republic
5. Life of Alexander the Great
6. Always I Am Caesar
7. Aeneid

WEEK ONE
Tuesday, August 20: Introduction to Leadership, Defining Leadership
Thursday, August 22: Read Nan Keohane “On Leadership.” Select one problem of leadership that Keohane discusses, explain how she solves the problem, and suggest a solution of your own. (See .pdf on blackboard under Content)

WEEK TWO
Tuesday, August 27: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Book One. What traits does Cyrus show while he stays with his Medan grandfather, Astyages? What forms of expression do these traits take? Explain how these traits could lead to successful leadership.
Thursday, August 29: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Book Two. What lessons from his boyhood education (in his Persian school, in the company of the Medes, and from his father Cambyses) does Cyrus apply to his campaign against the Assyrians?

WEEK THREE
Tuesday, September 4: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Books Three and Four. Where do we see the emotion of envy in the Education of Cyrus? What causes it and how does Cyrus treat it?
Thursday, September 6: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Book Five. Where do we see the emotion of love in the Education of Cyrus? How does love relate to leadership, for good or bad?

WEEK FOUR
Tuesday, September 11: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Books Six and Seven. Does Cyrus’ leadership change in the course of his adventures?
Thursday, September 13: Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, Book Eight. Why does Xenophon tell us about the decline of Persian culture after the death of Cyrus?

WEEK FIVE
Tuesday, September 18: Isocrates’ Three Cyprian Orations (Evagoras, To Nicocles, To the Cyprians). How does Evagoras compare to Cyrus, both in terms of his life and his leadership traits?
Thursday, September 20: Plato on the Philosopher King, Part One (Republic Book 5, pp. 122-156 in Grube and Reeve’s translation)

WEEK SIX
Tuesday, September 25: Plato on the Philosopher King, Part Two (Republic Books 6-7, pp. 157-212 in Grube and Reeve’s translation)
Thursday, September 27: Review for Exam One. Interview Essay One Due.

WEEK SEVEN
Tuesday, October 2: Essay Exam One
Thursday, October 4: Plutarch’s Life of Alexander the Great, Part One

WEEK EIGHT
Tuesday, October 9: Plutarch’s Life of Alexander the Great, Part Two
Thursday, October 11: Plutarch’s Life of Alexander the Great, Part Three

WEEK NINE
Tuesday, October 16: Tatum’s Always I Am Caesar, pp. 1-41
Thursday, October 18: Always I Am Caesar, pp. 42-79

WEEK TEN
Tuesday, October 23: Always I Am Caesar, pp. 80-121
Thursday, October 25: Always I Am Caesar, pp. 122-188

WEEK ELEVEN
Tuesday, October 30: Review for Exam Two. Interview Essay Two Due OUT FOR HURRICANE
Thursday, November 1: Essay Exam Two  Review for Exam Two

WEEK TWELVE
Tuesday, November 6: Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 1-2 Exam Two
Thursday, November 8: Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 1-2

WEEK THIRTEEN
Tuesday, November 13: Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 3-4
Thursday, November 15: Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 5-6

WEEK FOURTEEN
Tuesday, November 20: Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 7-8, Interview Essay Two Due
Thursday, November 22: NO CLASSES—THANKSGIVING RECESS

WEEK FIFTEEN
Tuesday, November 27: Vergil’s Aeneid, Books 9-10, Seniors take Final Exam.
Thursday, November 29:  Review for Cumulative Final Exam

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