Santa Fe Freshman Seminar Readings

2020–21 Freshman Seminar Readings

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, Books 1–6
August 31 Homer: Iliad, Books 7–12
September 3 Homer: Iliad, Books 13–18
September 7 Homer: Iliad, Books 19–24
September 10 Homer: Odyssey, Books 1–8
September 14 Homer: Odyssey, Books 9–16
September 17 Homer: Odyssey, Books 17–24
September 21 Aeschylus: Agamemnon
September 24 Aeschylus: Libation Bearers, Eumenides
September 28 Herodotus: Histories, I; III, 37–38
October 1 Herodotus: Histories​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, V, 62–78; VI, 94–140; VII, 1–60, 99–end
October 5 Herodotus: Histories​​​​​​​​​​​​​​, VIII, IX
October 8 Plato: Gorgias, 447a–481b
October 12 Plato: Gorgias, 481b–527c
October 15 Plato: Meno
October 19 Sophocles: Antigone
October 22 Plato: Republic, Book I (327a)
October 26 Plato: Republic, Book II (357a)–III (417b)
October 29 Plato: Republic, Book IV (419a)–V (480a)
November 2 Plato: Republic, Book VI (484a)–VII (541b)
November 5 Plato: Republic, Book VIII (543a)–IX (592b)
November 9 Plato: Republic, Book X (595a)
November 12 Aristophanes: Clouds
November 16 Plato: ApologyCrito
November 19 Plato: Phaedo, 57a–89a
November 23 Plato: Phaedo, 89b–118a
November 30 Plato: Theaetetus, 142a–187a
December 3 Plato: Theaetetus, 187a–210c
December 7 Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
December 10 Plato: Sophist, 216a–249d
December 14 Plato: Sophist, 249d–end
December 17 Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

 

Freshman Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Readings
January 18 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, I; II, 1–46
January 21 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, II, 47–65; III, 1–86; IV, 1–41
January 25 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, IV, 42–135; V, 1–26, 43–46, 84–116; VI, 1-32
January 28 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, VI, 32–105; VII; VIII, 1–18
February 1 Plato, Phaedrus, 227a–257c
February 4 Plato, Phaedrus, 257c–end
February 8 Plato, Symposium, 172a–201c
February 11 Plato, Symposium, 201d–223d
February 15 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, I
February 18 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II, III
February 22 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, IV, V
February 25 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, VI, VII
March 1 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, VIII, IX
March 4 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, X
March 8 Aristotle, Politics, I; II, 1260 b27–1264 b26, 1266 a30–1269 a25
March 11 Aristotle, Politics, III; VII, 1323 a14–1326 b27
March 29 Sophocles, Ajax
April 1 Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, I–II
April 5 Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, III; IV; V, 1379–end; VI, 1–34, 1090–1286
April 8 Plato, Timaeus, 17a–53e
April 12 Aristotle, Physics, I, 184 a9–184 b14 and 189 b30–192 b7;
II, 192 b8–195 b30
April 15 Aristotle, Physics, II, 195b31–200 b11
April 19 Aristotle, Physics, III, 200b12–202b29; IV, 217b29–224a16
April 22 Aristotle, Physics, III, 202b30–208a25; IV, 208a26–217b28
April 26 Aristotle, Physics, VIII, 250 b11–260 a19 and 265 a13–267 b27
April 29 Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book I (Α), Chapters 1–2; 
Book XII (Λ), Chapters 6–10
May 3 Euripides, Bacchae
May 6 Euripides, Medea
May 10 Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
May 13 Aristophanes, Birds
May 17 Aristotle, Poetics
May 20 Sophocles, Philoctetes