Annapolis January Freshman Seminar Readings

Summer 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.

January Freshman Seminar Readings for Summer 2021
Date Reading
May 31 Plato, Theaetetus, Beginning to 186
June 3 Plato, Theaetetus, 187 to end
June 7 Sophocles, Antigone
June 10 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, I, II
June 14 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, III, 1109b30–1119a20; IV, 1123a34–1125a35; V, 1129a3–1131a9, 1134a16–1135a14
June 17 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, VIII, IX
June 21 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, X
June 24 Plato, Timaeus, Beginning to 57
June 28 Aristotle, Physics, I (Α) 1 (184a10–184b16); II (Β) (192b8–200b11)
July 1 Aristotle, Physics, III (ℾ) 1–3 (200b12–202b29); IV (Δ)10–14 (217b30–224a16)
July 5 Aristotle, Physics, III (ℾ) 4–6 (202b30–207a32); IV (Δ) 1–2 (208a28–210a13), 4–5 (210b33–213a12), 8 (214b12–216b21)
July 8 Aristotle, Physics, VIII (Θ) 1 (250b11–252b6), 4–7 (254b7–261b26), 9–10 (265a13–267b26)
July 12 Aristotle, Metaphysics, I (Α) 1–2 (980a21–983a25); VII (Ζ) 1–2 (1028a10–1028b33), 17 (1041a6–b33); XII (Λ) 1 (1069a18–b7), 6–10 (1071b3–1076a4)
July 15 Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
July 19 January Freshman Essays due at start of seminar
Euripides, The Bacchae
July 22 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.
July 26 Aristotle, Politics
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)
July 29 Aristotle, Poetics, Chapters 1–19 (1447a10–1456b19)
August 2 Plato, Phaedrus, Beginning to 257
August 5 Plato, Phaedrus, 258 to end

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.

January Freshman Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Reading
February 1 Homer: Iliad, I–VI
February 4 Homer: Iliad , VII–XII
February 8 Homer: Iliad, XIII–XVIII
February 11 Homer: Iliad, XIX–XXIV
February 15 Homer: Odyssey, I–VIII
February 18 Homer: Odyssey, IX–XVI
February 22 Homer: Odyssey, XVII–XXIV
February 25 Aeschylus: Agamemnon
March 1 Aeschylus: Libation Bearers, Eumenides
March 4 Herodotus: History, I, II 50–53, 112–120, III 37–38, 66–87
March 8 Herodotus: History, V, 105, VI, 48–120, VII (entire)
March 11 Herodotus: History, VIII, IX
March 15 Plato: Gorgias, 447A–481B
March 18 Plato: Gorgias, 481B–end
March 22 Plato: Meno​​​​​​​
March 25 Sophocles: Oedipus Rex​​​​​​​
March 29 Plutarch: Lycurgus and Solon​​​​​​​
April 1 Plato: Republic, I–II
April 5 Plato: Republic, III–IV
April 8 Plato: Republic, V–VI
April 12 Plato: Republic, VII–VIII
April 15 Plato: Republic, IX–X
April 19 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, I, II, 1–54
April 22 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, II, 55–78, III 1–87, IV, 1–74
April 26 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, IV, 75–end, V 1–26, 84–116, VI (complete)​​​​​​​
April 29 Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, VII, VIII 1–6, 45–end​​​​​​​
May 3 Aristophanes: Clouds
May 6 Plato: Symposium, Beginning–198A
May 10 Plato: Symposium, 198–end
May 13 Plato: Apology, Crito
May 17 Plato: Phaedo, 57A–84B
May 20 Plato: Phaedo, 84B–118B​​​​​​​
End of first semester