Western Tradition I

This second seminar builds on the skills of critical thinking, critical reading and writing, and shared inquiry that were developed in Critical Strategies and Great Questions (SEM 001).

Students continue to practice strategies for engaging with texts from the Greek and Latin traditions, asking meaningful questions about them, and effectively participating in collaborative discussions. Reading and writing assignments are specifically designed to support students' continued development of these strategies and skills.

Reading List

  • Aeschylus, The Oresteia
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
  • Dante, Inferno (selections)
  • Dante, Purgatorio
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale"
  • Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew, parables
  • Euclid, Elements (selections)
  • Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love (selections)
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (selections)
  • Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe (selections)
  • Marie de France, The Lais (selections)
  • Plato, Crito
  • Sappho, Sappho: A New Translation (selections)
  • St. Augustine, Confessions
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (selections)
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War (selections)
  • Virgil, The Aeneid