Annapolis Sophomore Seminar Readings

Fall 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.

Sophomore Seminar Readings for Fall 2021
Date Reading
August 26 Bible, Genesis 1–11
August 30 Bible, Genesis 12–25
September 2 Bible, Genesis 26–50
September 6 Bible, Exodus; Numbers 20
September 9 Bible, Leviticus 11, 18-20; Deuteronomy
September 13 Bible, Samuel I, II; Kings I, 1–4
September 16 Bible, Psalms (selections) - See Appendix
September 20 Bible, Amos; Jonah; Isaiah 40–55
September 23 Bible, Job
September 27 Lucretius: De Rerum Natura, I–III
September 30 Lucretius: De Rerum Natura, IV–VI
October 4 Virgil: Aeneid, I–IV
October 7 Virgil: Aeneid, V–VIII
October 11 Virgil: Aeneid, IX–XII
October 14 Plutarch: Lives, Caesar; Cato the Younger
October 18 Tacitus: Annals, I–II
October 21 Tacitus: Annals, III–VI
October 25 Epictetus: Handbook
October 28 Bible, Matthew
November 1 Bible, Luke
November 4 Bible, Acts
November 8 Bible, Gospel of John; First Letter of John
November 11 Bible, I Corinthians
November 15 Bible, Romans; James
November 18 Plotinus: (selections) - See Appendix
November 22 Augustine: Confessions, I–V
November 29 Augustine: Confessions, VI–IX
December 2 Augustine: Confessions, X–XI
December 6 Anselm: Proslogium
December 9 Christian Creeds - See Appendix;
Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae, Prologue; Prima Pars (First Part), Questions 1, 2
December 13 Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars (First Part), Question 3, Articles 1–4; Question 4; Question 6, Articles 1–2; Question 7, Article 1; Question 8, Articles 1, 3; Question 9, Article 1; Question 11, Articles 3–4
December 16
(Thursday)
Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars (First Part), Question 12, Articles 1, 4, 5, 7, 11–13; Question 13, Articles 1–5, 11–12

Appendix

September 16
The Psalms for the September 16 reading are: Psalms 1, 8, 14, 19, 22, 23, 42, 46, 51, 90, 121, 122, 126, 130, 131, 137, 139, and 148. (These numbers are as in the JPS, RSV, and the Jerusalem Bibles. Users of other editions should cross check numbering.)

November 18
The selections from Plotinus for November 18 are (in The Essential Plotinus, O’Brien):

  • The Three Primal Hypostases: V.1 (pp. 91–105)
  • Contemplation: III.8 (pp. 163–175)

A PDF of the Loeb translation (A.H. Armstrong) will also be made available.

December 9
The assignment for December 9 includes three Christian Creeds—the Apostolic, Nicene, and Athanasian (available in the Bookstore)—and the following selection from Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: Prologue; Prima Pars (First Part), Questions 1 and 2.