Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HIST 125 Epic of Gilgamesh Reading Questions

What could the way in which Enkidu is domesticated tell us about the role of women in Mesopotamian society?

What advice does Enkidu give to Gilgamesh and what does this say about Mesopotamian ideals concerning the way to properly rule?

What is the attitude of the epic towards nature (forests, animals, etc.)?

What is the attitude of the epic towards the destruction and neglect of nature (for example in the cutting down of Humbaba’s cedar forest)?

What is the significance and role of the dreams of Enkidu just before his death? What does he see in his vision of the Underworld? What happens there to those who were rich and powerful while alive? What does this imply for people like Gilgamesh and Enkidu?

Why is Gilgamesh so afraid after Enkidu’s death?

Is the character of Gilgamesh transformed over the course of his journeys? According to this epic, what is the best way of life? That of Gilgamesh, or Enkidu, or even Utanapishtim?

Were there any events described in the story with which you were familiar from other more common myths or stories?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HIST 125 Reading Assignment One

Due Wednesday September 3rd.

Scroll down to the link to 'The Code of Hammurabi'. Pick out five different laws and analyze them to see what specific things they can tell us about Mesopotamian society in general. Keep in mind that many of the laws are related to one another. For example, law number 120 may not make sense without knowing what laws 115-119 are about. What that means is that if you just randomly pick some laws without reading the entire work, I will know it when I grade the papers and your work will be graded accordingly.

HIST 127 Reading Assignment One

Due Wednesday September 3rd.

Questions for the Martin Luther primary source readings.

Scroll down to the section ‘Important documents on the Reformation. Read “Martin Luther: Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants” and “Martin Luther: On the Jews and their Lies (excerpts for class discussion)”. You must answer the questions below and print them out and bring them to class with you.

1. How does Luther construct his arguments? What sort of evidence does he use?

2. What are some of the complaints Luther has against the peasants? What sort of actions on their part warrant punishment?

3. What does Luther think is the correct relationship between the peasants and the nobility?

4. How does Luther justify violence against the peasants by the nobility?

5. Why does Luther write his work against the Jews?

6. What are some of his justification for anti-Semitism?

7. What does Luther think should happen to Jewish communities?

8. Does Luther think that conversion to Christianity should fully exonerate a person who was previously of the Jewish faith?

HIST 127 Map Quiz 1-3 study guides

You can print out the blank maps to practice. There are maps in each chapter of the textbook as well as loads of websites online to use while you are studying.

Be able to identify the following on map one (Europe after the Peace of Westphalia):

Holy Roman Empire
Ottoman Empire
Atlantic Ocean
North Sea
The Netherlands

Be able to identify the following on map two (Europe in 1812):

Confederation of the Rhine
Austrian Empire
Kingdom of Norway
Kingdom of Sweden
Russian Empire
Mediterranean Sea
Grand Duchy of Warsaw
Baltic Sea
Black Sea
Kingdom of Naples
Gulf of Finland
Kingdom of Italy

HIST 125 Map Quiz 1-3 Study guides

There are maps in each chapter of the textbook as well as loads of websites online to use while you are studying. The links below will allow you to print out blank practice maps.

Be prepared to identify the following on the maps:

Tigris River
Euphrates River
Nile River
Black Sea
Asia Minor/Anatolia
Caspian Sea
Zagros Mountains
Arabian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
Italic Peninsula
Pyrenees Mountains
Rhine River
Danube River
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
Baltic Sea
North Sea
Tyrrhenian Sea
Apennines Mountains
Alps Mountains
Persian Gulf
Red Sea
Po River
Aral Sea
Aegean Sea
Caucasus Mountains

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Manifesto of the Communist Party: Full Text

Friday, January 4, 2008

Link to artwork by Hieronymus Bosch

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Selected Letters of Cicero

Voltaire's letters on the English 1778

Livy's History of Rome: Book 40 Perseus and Demetrius

Memoirs Of The Comtesse Du Barry, with minute details of her entire career as favorite of Louis XV. Written by herself

This is a link through the Gutenbug Project to the full text of this book.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Important doccuments of the Reformation

The Augsburg Confession

Martin Luther: Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants

Martin Luther: On the Jews and their Lies (excerpts for class discussion)

Martin Luther: On the Jews and Their Lies (Full Text)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Witchcraft Doccuments

Here are some selections from doccuments relating to witchcraft.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

revocation of the Edict of Nantes

King Louis the XIV revocted the edict in 1685, less than 100 years after his grandfather Henry IV had proclaimed it.

Robert Bellarmine: Letter on Galileo's Theories, 1615

Galileo's letter of 1614 to the Grand Duchess Christina Duchess of Tuscany was not widely known, and was ignored by Church authorities. When a year later the Carmelite provincial Paolo Foscarini supported Galileo publicly by attempting to prove that the new theory was not opposed to Scripture, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, as "Master of Controversial Questions," responded.

Copernicus: The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies

Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19, 1473, in Poland. He entered the University of Krakow in 1491, then in 1495 went to Padua and studied medicine. In 1500 he was called to Rome and took the chair of mathematics there. He began to believe that the earth went round the sun about 1507 and from that time until his death worked, more or less intermittently, on his exposition of his theory. He delayed the publication of this exposition because of fear of being accused of heresy. Copernicus died May 24, 1543, just as his book was published. The knowledge of the time was not sufficient to prove his theory; his great argument for it was from its simplicity as compared to the epicycle hypothesis.

Monday, January 1, 2001


This is a link to the blank maps that are used for the map quizes.