Santa Fe January Freshman Seminar Readings

2021 January 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.

January Freshman Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Reading
January 18 Homer: Iliad, Books I–VI
January 21 Homer: Iliad, Books VII–XII
January 25 Homer: Iliad, Books XIII–XVIII
January 28 Homer: Iliad, Books XIX–XXIV
February 1 Homer: Odyssey, Books I–VIII
February 4 Homer: Odyssey, Books IX–XVI
February 8 Homer: Odyssey, Books XVII–XXIV
February 11 Aeschylus: Agamemnon
February 15 Aeschylus: Choephoroe (Libation Bearers), Eumenides
February 18 Herodotus: Histories, I; III, 37–38
February 22 Herodotus: Histories, V, 62–78; VI, 94–140; VII, 1–60, 99–end
February 25 Herodotus: Histories, VIII–IX
March 1 Plato: Gorgias, 447a–481b
March 4 Plato: Gorgias, 481b–527c
March 9 Plato: Meno
March 12 Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
March 13–21 Spring Vacation
March 22 Plato: Republic, Book I
March 25 Plato: Republic, Book II–III
March 29 Plato: Republic, Book IV–V
April 1 Plato: Republic, Book VI–VII
April 5 Plato: Republic, Book VIII–IX
April 8 Plato: Republic, Book X
April 9–13 Long Weekend
April 15 Aristophanes: Clouds
April 19 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, I; II, 1–46
While we recommend reading the entire work, the selections listed should be manageable in the allotted time. Arabic numbers refer to standard paragraph numbers. Most editions have the paragraph numbers in the margins, but not all editions. Please check before purchasing.

First Semester Essays Due by Noon at Switchboard
April 22 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, II, 47–65; III, 1–86; IV, 1–41
April 26 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, IV, 42–135; V, 1–24, 84–116; VI, 1–32
April 29–May 2 Long Weekend
May 3 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, VI, 33–105; VII; VIII, 1–2
May 6 Plato, Symposium, 172a–201c
May 10 Plato, Symposium, 201d–223d
May 13 Plato: Apology, Crito
May 17 Plato: Phaedo, 57a–89c
May 20 Plato: Phaedo, 89c–118a


January Freshman Seminar Readings for Summer 2021
Date Readings
May 31 Sophocles: Antigone
June 3 Aristotle: Ethics, I; II
June 7 Aristotle: Ethics, III: 1109b30–1119a20; IV: 1123A34–1125a35; V: 1129a3–1131a9, 1134a16–1135a14
June 10 Aristotle: Ethics, VIII; IX
June 14 Aristotle: Ethics, X
June 17 Lucretius: Nature of Things, I; II
June 21 Lucretius: Nature of Things, III; IV; V, 1379–end; VI, 1–34, 1090–1286
June 24 Plato: Timaeus, 17–57d, and “System of the World” (copy)
June 28 Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus
July 1 Aristotle: Physics, I: 184a9–184b14, 189b30–192b7; II: 192b8–195b30
July 5 Aristotle: Physics, II: 195b31–200b11
July 8 Aristotle: Physics, III: 200b12–202b29; IV: 217b29–224a16
July 12 Aristotle: Physics, III: 202b30–208a25; IV: 208a26–217b29
July 15 Aristotle: Physics, VIII: 250b11–260a19, 265a13–267b27
July 19 Euripides: Bacchae
July 22 Euripides: Theaetetus, 142–186
July 26 Euripides: Theaetetus, 186–210
Second Semester Essays Due by Noon at Switchboard
July 29 Plato: Phaedrus, 227a–258d
August 2 Plato: Phaedrus, 258d–end
August 5 Sophocles: Philoctetes