Humanities in the Ancient World

HUM 103

Fall Semester 2017

Description:  This course will study man of the ancient world through the perennial sources of wonder symbolized by the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. That standing on the shoulders of the peoples of the ancient world, students will ask and wrestle with the perennial questions of humanity and wonder at the creature called “human.”
  2. That through the study of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world students will demonstrate that they have acquired an overview of man of the ancient world, his geography, history, religion, philosophy and art and through a study of Gaudium et Spes will see the unchanging characteristics of man.
  3. That through a study of man, particularly ancient man, students will become more aware of the characteristics that are unique to man, particularly his genius in creating structures that are not only beautiful but archetypal.

Dates                                         Topics

August 28                                Introduction to Syllabus, Grid and Wonder

August 30                                Who is man? Why study Humanities?

September 4                                Labor Day 

September 6                                Gaudium et Spes, par. 1-10

September 11                                Gaudium et Spes, par.11-22

September 13                                Pyramids

September 18                                Pyramids

September 20                                Pyramids

September 25                                Hanging Gardens of Babylon

September 27                                Hanging Gardens of Babylon

October 2                                Hanging Gardens of Babylon

October 4                                Statue of Zeus

October 9                                Statue of Zeus

October 11                                Statue of Zeus

October 16                                Temple of Artemis

October 18                                Temple of Artemis

October 23                                Temple of Artemis

October 25                                Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

October 30                                Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

November 1                                Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

November 6                                Colossus of Rhodes

November 8                                Colossus of Rhodes

November 13                                Colossus of Rhodes

November 15                                Lighthouse of Alexandria

November 20                                Lighthouse of Alexandria

November 22                                Lighthouse of Alexandria

November 27                                Complete work on grids.

November 29                                Share final papers                                                  

December 4/6                                Finals Week

Topics and dates are subject to change depending on class participation/interest, etc.

Attendance policy

It is expected that students will attend all classes. Sickness for either on campus or off campus students is a legitimate excuse for absence. Seminarians are to communicate to the instructor through a fellow seminarian before class begins. Sickness, inclement weather and traffic are possible excuses for off campus students. Students are asked to communicate by phone or e-mail directly to the instructor.

Measurement Tools:

        This class will be a participative study. On the first day of classes the students will be given a grid (see attached). Through class work, discussion, and research outside of class, it is expected that the grid (one for each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) will be completed and handed in by each student. Throughout the semester it will be the responsibility of each student to come prepared to complete the grid of the corresponding Wonder being pondered. If a student chooses, the grid could be completed in the format of a time line. It may be presented on paper or as a power point presentation.

        The mid-term measurement will be a three page paper (double-spaced) answering this question: Who is man and what are the characteristics unique to man?


The final will be a four page paper (double-spaced) entitled: What has man of the ancient world given to man today? Quote at least three sources other than those found on the internet. Use the knowledge that you have gained through our class study. Be particularly attentive to Father Rutler’s insights about THE MAN, Jesus in his reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Please present a first draft to me.

Grading Rubric: Content and Writing


Absence of




Adequate understanding


Solid understanding


Insightful understanding

Incomplete writing

Serious improvement needed


Solid writing-interesting

Error free grammar, mechanics, usage

Required Reading:

Gaudium et Spes, Vatican Council II Document, The Church in the Modern

World, paragraphs 1-22. (Available on the Vatican web site)

Recommended Reading:

        G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1925, Introduction, Part One, Chapter I: “The Man in the Cave” and Part Two, Chapter I: “The God in the Cave” and Part Two, Chapter III: “The Strangest Story in the World.”

(Available at Project Gutenberg Australia or Worldinvisible)

Much of the reading for this class will be library and internet research for the purpose of completing the grid on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Evaluation will be done through these questions:

            Are students prepared for class discussion?

Do students demonstrate the ability to reflect on “causes for wonder”?

             Do written assignments reflect that the objectives of the course are being met?

             Does the grid project reflect a comprehensive integration of the participative study?

        Does the final paper present an understanding of man as a cause for wonder?

Grading: ¼ class participation, ¼ mid-term paper, ¼ final paper, ¼ final grid


Chesterton, G.K., The Everlasting Man, Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc., 1925

L.DeBlois and R.J. Van Der Spek, An Introduction to the Ancient World, Routledge, 270

Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10016, Second Edition 2008

Rutler, Father George, The Seven Wonders of the  World: Meditations on the Last Words

of Christ, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1993.

Thorndike, Jr., Joseph, ed., Discovery of Lost Worlds, American Heritage Publishing

Co., Inc. New York, 1979

Disabilities Accommodation Policy

Students in this course seeking accommodations to disabilities must first consult with the Disabilities Resource Center in the Registrar’s Office and follow the instructions of that office for obtaining accommodations.

Academic Honesty Policy

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

Incomplete Policy

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.To request an incomplete, students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student. Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course. A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

About Your Professor

Sister Mary Anne Linder, F.S.E.  

Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist

Motherhouse: Meriden, CT

Office Phone: 860-632-3044  

Office: St. Peter’s third floor (306)

 E mail: mlinder@holyapostles.edu