Jason Freitag

Associate Professor, History


First Year Seminar

Fall 2006 Syllabus

Here are the links for the readings in class:

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Laws of Hammurabi (feel free to ignore the encyclopedia entry and go straight for the code. Do read the encyclopedia entry, though, if you have the time)

The Laws of Manu (read books I, II, V for first sessionĀ and VIII, IX, X for second session)

Confucius, Analects (selections)

Confucius, Analects (further selections)

The Great Learning

The Doctrine of the Mean

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (selections)

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (further selections)

Han Fei, Legalism (selections)

Han Fei, Legalism (further selections)

Herodotus, History (Book II, The Egytpians for first session; Book IV, The Scythians for second session)

Plato, Republic

For first session: Republic III: Education of the Guardian II; Lifestyle of the Guardians I; Republic IV: Justice in the City & in the Individual. For second session: Republic V: Plato's Radical Politics; Philosopher-Kings I

Aristotle, Politics (on slavery and women)

Tacitus, Germania

The Hebrew Bible, Genesis 1-4 and 6-12

The New Testament, Romans 1-6; Galatians 1-5

Additional Reading: Deuteronomy, 1-4

Augustine, City of God, Book XIX

De Sepulveda, Democrates Alter

de Las Casas, Apologetic History of the Indies

Machiavelli, The Discourses, Book 1: Chs. 1-13, 18, 21, 32, 34, 53-55, 58

Hobbes, Leviathan, Chs. 13, 14, 17-31

Locke, Letter Concerning Toleration

De Gobineau, On the Inequality of Human Races (available outside my office, or will be distributed in class)