Wednesday, October 16, 2013 — Viking Theater

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"The Greek Trireme: The History, Construction, and Operation of an Ancient Warship"

James May

Professor of Classics

The Great Conversation is one of St. Olaf’s signature learning communities. The program focuses on the Western experience — from the Greeks and Hebrews on through the 20th century — over a five-course sequence that takes students through their first and second years of college. From time to time, all students enrolled in the program gather for plenary lectures delivered by one of the program professors or by a guest lecturer from another department.

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Previous to this lecture, students will have read two Greek Historians:

  • Herodotus's Histories
    • I.1-1.33, 1.85-91
    • V.28-37, 49-51, 97-103
  • Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, the selections on:
    • Historical Methodology
    • Pericles’ Funeral Oration
    • The Plague
    • The Civil War in Corcyra
    • The Mytilenean Debate
    • The Plataean Debate
    • The Melian Dialogue

Production Credits


Jeffrey O'Donnell '02

Video Director

Joshua Wyatt '05

Camera Operator

David H Anderson '15

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