Humanities 06: Great People, Great Ages–
Section 0602 – Fall 2016
(CSU GE AREA C1 OR C2 • IGETC AREA 3B)
Mon & Wed 8:00 AM – 9:25 AM EB 1203
Instructor: Michael Schuster
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:30 am – 9:50 am
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Humanistic Tradition: Book 3 by Gloria Fiero
To see the syllabus for our class click here.
To see the handout dealing with the themes in our class click here.
To see the handout of the paper guidelines click HERE.
General advice: "10 Rules for Students and Teachers" by John Cage
Updates and assignments:
Due next Monday.
Read as much of the entire play as possible,
since it will help you better answer the short write.
Short Write #2 - due Sept. 26th
2-3 pgs max. Typed, double spaced, stapled.
Choose only one (1) Humanities theme to describe your opinion
as to whether or not you think Brutus' assassination of Caesar was
- a personal, or
- a political act.
Choose either Hum theme #1 (man/self) or #2 (man/society).
(As discussed in class, we're assuming Hum #3 (man/nature) is a
given because it's such an unnatural act. That's why I don't
want you to choose this one.)
Along with any lines from the play, please
use the Irving Ribner essay on 171-180 in and/or
the G. Wilson Knight essay on 181-188 from the
Norton Caesar as evidence to support your points.
[Citation can simply be (Norton, pg. #) for clarity.
Other texts you reference can be (Author, pg. #).]
In addition, continue the following:
We will continue to discuss some of these ideas in class on Wed.
for background to the play Julius Caesar. Please read the essay
included in the Norton edition pages 181-188: taken from
G. Wilson Knight's "The Imperial Theme". Also make sure
you are familiar with Caesar through page 55.
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We have been discussing some of these ideas in class on Wed.
for background to the play Julius Caesar. Please
read pages 88-96 in the chapter on Ancient Rome by clicking here.
Assignment for Monday: Read Act 1 of Julius Caesar
Make notes on the following:
1. The relationship of Romans and Pompey
2. The Feast of the Lupercalia (The Lupercal)
3. Ides of March- and supernatural omens
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Short Write #1 - due Sept. 7th
2 pages max. Typed, double spaced, stapled.
Tell me about your favorite adaptation that
you've either seen or read (not music).
It can be a movie from a play, a book, a
musical, or some other adaptation.
1. What was the overall "take home message" of the
adaptation? If it wasn't the same, how did it differ?
2. What was added / taken out from the original version?
3. Did you like the adaptation more or less than
the original? Why?