Santa Fe January Freshman Seminar Readings

2022 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 2022
Date Reading
January 17 Homer: Iliad, Books I–VI
January 20 Homer: Iliad, Books VII–XII
January 24 Homer: Iliad, Books XIII–XVIII
January 27 Homer: Iliad, Books XIX–XXIV
January 31 Homer: Odyssey, Books I–VIII
February 3 Homer: Odyssey, Books IX–XVI
February 7 Homer: Odyssey, Books XVII–XXIV
February 10 Aeschylus: Agamemnon
February 14 Aeschylus: Choephoroe (Libation Bearers), Eumenides
February 17 Herodotus: Histories, I; III, 37–38
February 21 Herodotus: Histories, V, 62–78; VI, 94–140; VII, 1–60, 99–end
February 24 Herodotus: Histories, VIII–IX
February 28 Plato: Gorgias, 447a–481b
March 3 Plato: Gorgias, 481b–527c
March 7 Plato: Meno
March 10 Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
March 12–27 Spring Vacation
March 28 Plato: Republic, Book I
March 31 Plato: Republic, Book II–III
April 4 Plato: Republic, Book IV–V
April 7 Plato: Republic, Book VI–VII
April 11 Plato: Republic, Book VIII–IX
April 14 Plato: Republic, Book X
April 18 Aristophanes: Clouds
April 21 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 25 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, II, 47–65; III, 1–86; IV, 1–41
April 28 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, IV, 42–135; V, 1–24, 84–116; VI, 1–32
May 2 Thucydides, Peloponnesian War, VI, 33–105; VII; VIII, 1–2
May 5 Plato, Symposium, 172a–201c
May 9 Plato, Symposium, 201d–223d
May 12 Plato: Apology, Crito
May 16 Plato: Phaedo, 57a–89c
May 19 Plato: Phaedo, 89c–118a


January Freshman Seminar Readings for Summer 2022
Date Readings
May 30 Sophocles: Antigone
June 2 Aristotle: Ethics, I; II
June 6 Aristotle: Ethics, III: 1109b30–1119a20; IV: 1123A34–1125a35; V: 1129a3–1131a9, 1134a16–1135a14
June 9 Aristotle: Ethics, VIII; IX
June 13 Aristotle: Ethics, X
June 16 Lucretius: Nature of Things, I; II
June 20 Lucretius: Nature of Things, III; IV; V, 1379–end; VI, 1–34, 1090–1286
June 23 Plato: Timaeus, 17–57d, and “System of the World” (copy)
June 27 Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus
June 30 Aristotle: Physics, I: 184a9–184b14, 189b30–192b7; II: 192b8–195b30
July 4 Aristotle: Physics, II: 195b31–200b11
July 7 Aristotle: Physics, III: 200b12–202b29; IV: 217b29–224a16
July 11 Aristotle: Physics, III: 202b30–208a25; IV: 208a26–217b29
July 14 Aristotle: Physics, VIII: 250b11–260a19, 265a13–267b27
July 18 Euripides: Bacchae
July 21 Plato: Theaetetus, 142–187
July 25 Plato: Theaetetus, 188–210
Second Semester Essays Due by Noon at Switchboard
July 28 Plato: Phaedrus, 227a–258d
August 1 Plato: Phaedrus, 258d–end
August 4 Sophocles: Philoctetes