3350: Odyssey of the Greek Mind
and other warriors in Homer's Iliad promoted physical excellence
and nobility of character. The Olympic Games, professional sports
circuits, and training in hand-to-hand combat also promoted
physical excellence in the ancient Greek world. Correspondingly,
Greek sculpture produced idealized versions of muscular humans
and gods. In their pursuit of intellectual excellence, the Greeks
made spectacular progress in fields ranging from architecture,
to philosophy, sociology and psychology. Through a variety of
texts and digital slides we will address these and other expressions
of Greek idealism and the quest for excellence that helped to
lay the foundations of western civilization.
through films and guest speakers we will consider some ways
in which this idealism remains vital. After watching Helicopter
Heroes of Vietnam, we will have USMC Colonel Dick Rosser (featured
in the film) as a guest speaker and modern analog to the ancient
warrior and his adherence to the heroic code. Colonel Rosser
flew 840 combat missions during the Vietnam War and was the
only marine in the entire conflict to receive two Silver Stars.
After viewing the film Apollo 13, we will discuss the Apollo
moon landings, the Hubble Space Telescope, and other aspects
of space exploration with Joe Tanner, one of the most experienced
astronauts in history and a current member of CUs Aerospace
Engineering Sciences department.