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Slides for Class

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Prep for Class

Read Epictetus, The Enchiridion and Epicurus, "Letter to Meneoceus"

Tweet your comments/questions/quotes. This set of readings is a good one for comparing/contrasting texts. Be sure to include the tags #hwc111 and #c08. 

Due: Tweets are expected from Group B this time around. Deadline is the start of class.

  • You should plan to produce ONE tweet about Epictetus (Enchiridion) and ONE tweet about Epicurus ("Letter to Menoeceus")

Grading: Tweets graded for completion. Don't worry too much about getting things right and don't be afraid to say, "I don't understand."

Optional Reading

  • TEAIP: Chapter 4, "The Hellenistic Synthesis," 101-105.

  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Stoicism and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: 
  • Alexander the Great and the Greeks (John Hadoulis, Harriyet Daily News, 31 January 2018)

    • A quick read (500 words) + useful outline of some of the connections and conflicts between Macedonian and Greek cultures during Phillip II and Alexander's reigns.

Watch for Class

Optional (Helpful) Videos

A brief review of the central tenets of Stoicism and the impact of Stoicism before and after Epictetus.

A generally interesting video - and there's a useful summary of Epicurus's thought starting around 2:46.

Materials for Class

There are designated times for tweeting throughout class (entry and exit tweets), BUT you're always welcome to tweet more frequently. I'll keep an eye on the class hashtag via Tweetdeck, so feel free to add questions, comments, links, images, interesting stuff throughout class.

Entry Tweet (to be completed on arrival in class)

  • On Twitter or via Tweetdeck, using #hwc111 #c08, answer the following question:
    • If you could give someone OTHER THAN YOUR PARENTS the title, "the Great," who would it be and why?

Interactive Map


In your small groups, discuss the theme assigned to your group. Find quotes, compare and contrast, think about your own perspective on these ideas.

Discussion may take longer than usual today and we may not have the chance to debrief as a large group. To make sure everyone benefits from the small discussions it would be helpful if each group would designate a note-taker or two.

That note-taker can live-tweet the discussion. (Use the usual #hwc111 and #c09 + maybe a short designation for your group's theme (#fate?) or number (#gp1)?).

Or the note-taker can compile notes in a Google Doc and then tweet out the link to the doc after class. Whatever is easiest to organize and share.

Exit Tweet (to be completed at the end of class)