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CLAS 1110: Tyranny, Democracy and Empire: John Van Sickle

Departmental OER for Classics 1110

About John Van Sickle

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Location: 2404 Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5078 
Fax: 718.951.4765 

John Van Sickle conducted a series of studies to research on pastoral tradition, in which nature plays always a metaphoric role, hence to his focus on horticulture and on the wider range and function of metaphor, understood as a basic cognitive process -- often operative in both technical and everyday language, nowhere more than in how we talk of plants and how plants enliven and enrich our talk about much else.



Book List

Aeschylus [524-456, Athens], Prometheus Bound:  tragedy
 [in Greek Tragedies Book I, ed's Griffiths, Most, Lattimore:  Chicago
ISBN-13: 978-0226035284
Aristophanes [ca 445-380s, Athens], Lysistrata: comedy, staged in 411 BCE
 [Tr. J. Henderson (FOCUS Classical Press)] ISBN-13: 978-0941051026
Herodotus [ca 484-ca 429, Halicarnassus, Asia], Histories (Persian Wars, 490, 480 BCE)
[ tr., Marincola (Penguin 1996]. ISBN-13: 978-0140449082
Homer, Iliad & Odyssey. Translated by Richmond Lattimore,
introduction by Richard Martin.
Epics for all [ca 750 BCE]; recited yearly at Athens [ca 550-ca 320]; edited in library at Alexandria [ca 300-100]
Iliad ISBN-13: 978-0226470498 / Odyssey ISBN-13: 978-0061244186
Petronius [fl(ourished) ca 60 CE, Rome], Satyricon: [tr. Sarah Ruden (Hackett:)]
ISBN-13: 978-0872205109
Plato [428-348 BCE, Athens], Apology (trial, 399 BCE: written ca 390 BCE ???), 
in Trial & Death of Socrates (Hackett) ISBN-13: 978-0872205543
Plato [428-348 BCE, Athens], Republic (conversation imagined ca. 440 BCE; written ca 378 BCE???)
Christopher Rowe (Editor, Translator, Introduction)  ISBN-13: 9780141442433
Sophocles [ca 495-406 Athens], Antigone: tragedy staged in 442/1 BCE.
In Greek Tragedies Book 1 [ed's Griffith, Lattimore, Most]
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, Penguin (Rex Warner, translator)   
Virgil [70-19 BCE, Rome], Aeneid: epic, recited & read. [translation by Howard Felperin
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781491880364].