Annapolis Sophomore 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.

Sophomore Seminar Readings for Fall 2022
Date Reading
August 25 Bible, Genesis 1–11
August 29 Bible, Genesis 12–25
September 1 Bible, Genesis 26–50
September 5 Bible, Exodus; Numbers 20
September 8 Bible, Leviticus 11, 18-20; Deuteronomy
September 12 Bible, Samuel I, II; Kings I, 1–4
September 15 Bible, Psalms (selections) - See Appendix
September 19 Bible, Amos; Jonah; Isaiah 40–55
September 22 Bible, Job
September 26 Lucretius: De Rerum Natura, I–III
September 29 Lucretius: De Rerum Natura, IV–VI
October 3 Virgil: Aeneid, I–IV
October 6 Virgil: Aeneid, V–VIII
October 10 Virgil: Aeneid, IX–XII
October 13 Plutarch: Lives, Caesar; Cato the Younger
October 17 Tacitus: Annals, I–II
October 20 Tacitus: Annals, III–VI
October 24 Epictetus: Handbook
October 27 Bible, Matthew
October 31 Bible, Luke
November 3 Bible, Acts
November 7 Bible, Gospel of John; First Letter of John
November 10 Bible, I Corinthians
November 14 Bible, Romans; James
November 17 Plotinus: (selections) - See Appendix
November 21 Augustine: Confessions, I–V
November 28 Augustine: Confessions, VI–IX
December 1 Augustine: Confessions, X–XI
December 5 Anselm: Proslogium
December 8 Christian Creeds - See Appendix;
Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae, Prologue; Prima Pars (First Part), Questions 1, 2
December 12 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 15
(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 15
The Psalms for the September 15 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 17
The selections from Plotinus for November 17 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 be available for purchase in the Bookstore.

December 8
The assignment for December 8 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.

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.

SOPHOMORE SEMINAR READINGS FOR SPRING 2023
DATE READING
January 9 Dante: Divine ComedyInferno I–XVII
January 12 Dante: Divine ComedyInferno XVIII–XXXIV
January 16 Dante: Divine ComedyPurgatorio I–XVIII
January 19 Dante: Divine ComedyPurgatorio XIX–XXXIII
January 23 Dante: Divine ComedyParadiso I–XVII
January 26 Dante: Divine ComedyParadiso XVIII–XXXIII
January 30 Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae
First Part of the Second Part:
Question 90
Question 91, Articles 1–5
Question 93, Articles 1–3, 5, 6
Question 94
Question 95, Articles 1, 2
Question 96, Articles 2–6
Question 97, Articles 1–3
February 2 Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae
First Part of the Second Part:
Question 100, Articles 1–3, 9, 10, 12
Questions 106, 108, 109
February 6 Christian Creeds (available in Bookstore)

Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae
Second Part of the Second Part, Questions 1, 2, 4
February 9 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Prologue
Knight’s Tale
February 13 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Miller’s Prologue and Tale
Reeve’s Prologue and Tale
February 16 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Nun’s Priest’s Tale and Epilogue
Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
February 20 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Clerk’s Prologue and Tale
Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
February 23 Shakespeare: As You like It
February 27 Montaigne: Essays
To the Reader
I, 31 (Of Cannibals)
II, 11 (Of Cruelty)
III, 2 (Of Repentance)
March 2 Montaigne: Essays
III, 13 (Of Experience)
March 20 Machiavelli: The Prince
March 23 Machiavelli: Discourses on Livy
Introductory Letter
Book I: Preface, 1–28, 58 to end
Book II: Preface, 1–5
March 27 Shakespeare: Richard II
March 30 Shakespeare: Henry IV, Part I
April 3 Shakespeare: Othello
April 6 Shakespeare: Hamlet
April 10 Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Chapters 1–6; 15
April 13 Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book II, Chapters 1, 2 (#12–27), 3
April 17 J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion
April 20 Bacon: Novum Organum, Book I, Preface and Aphorisms 1–115
April 24 Bacon: Novum Organum, Book I, Aphorisms 116–130
Book II, Aphorisms 1–20
April 27 Descartes: Discourse on Method, I–IV
May 1 Descartes: Discourse on Method, V–VI
May 4 Shakespeare: Macbeth
May 8 Shakespeare: King Lear
Avoid newer editions that print two separate versions of King Lear.
May 11 Shakespeare: The Tempest
End of spring semester