Annapolis Freshman Seminar Readings

Spring Semester 2021

This list may be subject to change. Please always check with tutors or cross-reference with the paper reading list distributed by the dean’s office.

Freshman Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Reading
February 1 Plato: Parmenides, beginning–148D, 166C
February 4 Plato: Theaetetus, beginning–186
February 8 Plato: Theaetetus, 187–end
February 11 Plato: Sophist, beginning–242B
February 15 Plato: Sophist, 242C–end
February 18 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Book I
February 22 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books II, III
February 25 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books IV, V
March 1 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books VI, VII
March 4 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books VIII, IX
March 8 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Book X
March 11 Aristotle: Politics
I 1–7 (1252a1–1255b40), 12–13 (1259a37–1260b25)
III, 1–11 (1274b30–1282b13)

All Aristotle assignments are listed both by book and chapter divisions and by marginal numbers. The marginal line numbers are the same in all editions when they are used. The book divisions are fairly standard, but some editions vary the chapters. When in doubt, follow the marginal line numbers, which should serve as a reliable guide.
March 15 Aristotle: Politics (selections)

Note the Simpson translation arranges Books 4–8 differently than other translations, including the Lord translation. Pay close attention to the marginal line numbers.
  • 1282b14–1288b6 (III 12–18)
  • 1288b10–1297a13 (Lord and most others IV 1–12; Simpson VI 1–12)
  • 1323a14–1326b26 (Lord and most others VII 1–4; Simpson IV 1–4)
  • 1327b18–1328a21 (Lord and most others VII 7; Simpson IV 7)
March 18 Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
March 22 Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus
March 25 Sophocles: Antigone
March 29 Sophocles: Philoctetes
April 1 Aristotle: Physics
I (A) 1 (184a10–184b16)
II (B) (192b8–200b11)
April 5 Aristotle: Physics
III (Γ) 1–3 (200b12–202b29)
IV (Δ) 10–14 (217b30–224a16)
April 8 Aristotle: Physics
III (Γ) 4–6 (202b30–207a32)
IV (Δ) 1–2 (208a28–210a13), 4–5 (210b33–213a12), 8 (214b12–216b21)
April 12 Aristotle: Physics
VIII (θ) 1 (250b11–252b6), 4–7 (254b7–261b26), 9–10 (265a13–267b26)
April 15 Aristotle: Metaphysics
I (Α) 1–7 (980a21–988b22)
II (α) (993a30–995a20)
April 19 Aristotle: Metaphysics
IV (Γ) 1–4 (1003a21–1009a5)
VII (Ζ) 1–3 (1028a10–1029b12), 17 (1041a6–b33)
April 22 Aristotle: Metaphysics
IX (Θ) 6 (1048a25–b36), 8 (1049b4–1051a3)
XII (Λ) 1 (1069a18–b7), 6–10 (1071b3–1076a4)
April 26 Euripides: Hippolytus
April 29 Euripides: The Bacchae
May 3 Aristotle: Poetics, Chapters 1–19 (1447a10–1456b19)
May 6 Aristotle: On the Soul
I, 1
II, 1–7, 11–12
May 10 Aristotle: On the Soul, III, 1–13
May 13 Plato: Timaeus, beginning–57
May 17 Plato: Phaedrus, beginning–257
May 20 Plato: Phaedrus, 257–end
End of spring semester

Fall Semester 2020

This list may be subject to change. Please always check with tutors or cross-reference with the paper reading list distributed by the dean’s office.

Freshman Seminar Readings for Fall 2020
Date Reading
August 27 Homer: Iliad, I–VI
August 31 Homer: Iliad, VII–XII
September 3 Homer: Iliad, XIII–XVIII
September 7 Homer: Iliad, XIX–XXIV
September 10 Homer: Odyssey, I–VIII
September 14 Homer: Odyssey, IX–XVI
September 17 Homer: Odyssey, XVII–XXIV
September 21 Plato: Meno
September 24 Aeschylus: Agamemnon
September 28 Aeschylus: Libation Bearers; Eumenides
October 1 Plato: Gorgias, 447A–481B
October 5 Plato: Gorgias, 481B–to end
October 8 Plutarch: Lives, Lycurgus; Solon
October 12 Herodotus: History, I; II 50–53, 112–120; III 37–38, 66-87
October 15 Herodotus: History, V, 105; VI, 48–120; VII (entire)
October 19 Herodotus: History, VIII; IX
October 22 Plato: Republic, I–II 367E
October 26 Plato: Republic, II 367E–IV 427C
October 29 Plato: Republic, IV 427D–VI 502C
November 2 Plato: Republic, VI 502D–VII
November 5 Plato: Republic, VIII–IX
November 9 Plato: Republic, X
November 12 Aristophanes: Clouds
November 16 Plato: Apology and Crito
November 19 Plato: Phaedo, 57A–84B
November 23 Plato: Phaedo, 84B–118B
November 30 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, I; II, 1-54
December 3 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, II, 55-78; III 1-87; IV, 1-74
December 7 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, IV, 75–end; V 1-26, 84–116; VI (complete)
December 10 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, VII; VIII 1–6, 45–end
December 14 Plato: Symposium, Beginning–198A
December 17
(Thursday)
Plato: Symposium, 198–end