Annapolis Freshman Seminar Readings

Fall Semester 2022

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 2022
Date Reading
August 25 Homer: Iliad, I–VI
August 29 Homer: Iliad, VII–XII
September 1 Homer: Iliad, XIII–XVIII
September 5 Homer: Iliad, XIX–XXIV
September 8 Homer: Odyssey, I–VIII
September 12 Homer: Odyssey, IX–XVI
September 15 Homer: Odyssey, XVII–XXIV
September 19 Plato: Meno
September 22 Aeschylus: Agamemnon
September 26 Aeschylus: Libation Bearers; Eumenides
September 29 Plato: Gorgias, 447A–481B
October 3 Plato: Gorgias, 481B–to end
October 6 Plutarch: Lives, Lycurgus; Solon
October 10 Herodotus: History, I; II 50–53, 112–120; III 37–38, 66-87
October 13 Herodotus: History, V, 105; VI, 48–120; VII (entire)
October 17 Herodotus: History, VIII; IX
October 20 Plato: Republic, I–II 367E
October 24 Plato: Republic, II 367E–IV 427C
October 27 Plato: Republic, IV 427D–VI 502C
October 31 Plato: Republic, VI 502D–VII
November 3 Plato: Republic, VIII–IX
November 7 Plato: Republic, X
November 10 Aristophanes: Clouds
November 14 Plato: Apology and Crito
November 17 Plato: Phaedo, 57A–84B
November 21 Plato: Phaedo, 84B–118B
November 28 Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
December 1 Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus
December 5 Sophocles: Antigone
December 8 Euripides: Medea
December 12 Plato: Symposium, Beginning–198A
December 15
Plato: Symposium, 198–end

Spring Semester 2023

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.

January 9 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, I; II, 1–54
January 12 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, II, 55–78; III, 1–87; IV, 1–74
January 16 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, IV, 75–end; V, 1–26, 84–116; VI (complete)
January 19 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, VII; VIII, 1–6, 45–end
January 23 Plato: Parmenides, beginning–148D, 166C
January 26 Plato: Theaetetus, beginning–186
January 30 Plato: Theaetetus, 187–end
February 2 Plato: Sophist, beginning–242B
February 6 Plato: Sophist, 242C–end
February 9 Plato: Timaeus, beginning–57
February 13 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Book I
February 16 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books II, III
February 20 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books IV, V
February 23 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books VI, VII
February 27 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Books VIII, IX
March 2 Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Book X
March 20 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 23 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 27 Sophocles: Philoctetes
March 30 Euripides: The Bacchae
April 3 Aristotle: Poetics, Chapters 1–19 (1447a10-1456b19)
April 6 Aristotle: Physics
I (A): 1 (184a10–184b16)
II (B): (192b8–200b11)
April 10 Aristotle: Physics
III (Γ): 1–3 (200b12–202b29)
IV (Δ): 10–14 (217b30–224a16)
April 13 Aristotle: Physics
III (Γ): 4–6 (202b30–207a32)
IV (Δ): 1–2 (208a28–210a13), 4–5 (210b33–213a12), 8 (214b12–216b21)
April 17 Aristotle: Physics
VIII (θ): 1 (250b11–252b6), 4–7 (254b7–261b26), 9–10 (265a13–267b26)
April 20 Aristotle: Metaphysics
I (Α): 1–7 (980a21–988b22)
II (α): (993a30–995a20)
April 24 Aristotle: Metaphysics
IV (Γ): 1–4 (1003a21–1009a5)
VII (Ζ): 1–3 (1028a10–1029b12), 17 (1041a6–b33)
April 27 Aristotle: Metaphysics
IX (Θ): 6 (1048a25–b36), 8 (1049b4–1051a3)
XII (Λ): 1 (1069a18–b7), 6–10 (1071b3–1076a4)
May 1 Aristotle: On the Soul
I, 1
II, 1–7, 11–12
May 4 Aristotle: On the Soul, III, 1–13
May 8 Plato: Phaedrus beginning–257
May 11 Plato: Phaedrus, 257–end
End of spring semester