You can reach me any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday either by emailing me or by calling 863-1554. I am not on campus Tuesdays or Thursdays, so please do not try to contact me on those days! Unlike many people, I am diurnal (I sleep at night and am awake during the day) resulting in the following facts: if you email me in the middle of the night, it won't be looked at until normal working hours in the morning. Email tends to read like so much vomit--people seem to forget that someone on the other end actually has to look at the message! Your teacher prefers the handwritten note or the actual meeting and talking together--it is how I get to meet you! So, please make an appointment for either office hours (MWF, 10-11, Mood 223) or for a more convenient time MWF.
Meeting is good, especially if you have questions or concerns BEFORE you do an assignment!!! So, get your handwritten notes in line--you can hand them to me before or after class and we can meet and chat.
In this course, we will examine Roman civilization through ancient sources (in translation) and more recent authors. As can be seen in the schedule below, after a historical review, we will look at this civilization by topic, for example, we look at Roman government, the role of women within society, architecture, and language among other topics.
A primary goal in this course is to examine how we learn about a people such as the Romans. This involves careful assessments of our sources, both ancient and modern. Nothing assigned in this course should be accepted a face value; everything should be read critically. Some of our class discussion, especially early in the course, will be devoted to how we evaluate our sources. Our sources comprise not just written accounts but painting, archaeological remains, and architecture.REQUIREMENTS:
|Grade||Inclusive % Range||GPA POINTS|
|Monday, August 29||Classes begin
Introduction, Review of Assignments
|Wednesday, August 31||Language, Topography||World, p. xvii, maps 1-6
Helpful Hint: On reserve in the library for our class are four copies of Howe and Howe, The Ancient World. If you want to have some backup to our history reading, this is a really quick, easy-to-read review of Roman history. You would do well to read the short, relevant chapters!!!
|Friday, September 2||Pre Imperial History||World, pp. 3-13, *Shelton #1|
|Monday, September 5
Labor Day, No Class
|Wednesday, September 7||PreImperial History||World, pp. 13-18|
|Friday, September 9||PreImperial History||World, pp. 18-31|
|Monday, September 12||PreImperial History||World, pp. 31-39|
|Wednesday, September 14||PreImperial History||World, pp. 39-48|
|Friday, September 16||Imperial History||World, pp. 49-70|
|Monday, September 19||Princeps and imperator||World, pp. 83-111
|Wednesday, September 21||Governing Rome||World, pp.112-139
|Friday, September 23
NOTE: Southwestern Cancelled Class today, meaning that this class will be taught on Monday, September 26. ALL EXAMS AND ALL JOURNALS, PAPERS, PROJECTS, AND ANY OTHER THING ASSIGNED WILL BE DUE ON THEIR ORIGINAL DUE DATES. THE ITEMS ASSIGNED WERE DONE SO IN A CAREFUL, THOUGHTFUL WAY SO THAT THERE WOULD BE AN EQUAL TIME BETWEEN THEM. THEIR ORIGINAL DATE WILL NOT, THEREFORE, BE CHANGED.
|Society and Religion I,
*Shelton #321, 322, 323
|Monday, September 26
THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
|Society and Religion II, Slavery||*Shelton #198, 199, 203, 206, 210|
|Wednesday, September 28
THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY. IT WILL NOT, OBVIOUSLY, BE ON EXAM NUMBER ONE, BUT WILL, IN FACT, BE ON EXAM NUMBER TWO.
|Society and Religion III, Slavery, farming||JOURNAL DUE, 5pm
THIS DATE IS CARVED IN STONE.
|Friday, September 30||
Exam Number 1
THIS DATE IS CARVED IN STONE.
|Monday, October 3
this one "web handout" is for all religion lectures
|Religion IV||*Shelton #405, 407, 408, 419, 423, 426, 427, 429, 432|
|Wednesday, October 5||Religion V||*Shelton #446,447, 449|
|Friday, October 7||Religion VI||*Shelton #434, 435, 437, 439|
|Monday, October 10||Production, Consumption, Technology||World, pp. 181-207|
|Wednesday, October 12
||Technology||Reading Assignment: Why did the Ancients Not Develop Technology?|
|Friday, October 14
Fall Break begins at 10 p.m.
|Roman family, Roman Women||World, pp. 208-234, *Shelton #325, 330|
|Monday, October 17
|Wednesday, October 19
Fall break ends at 8 AM
|Roman Women||Reading Assignment: Selections From Women's Life in Roman World|
|Friday, October 21||Roman Mind
|World, pp. 235-241
*Shelton #134, 135
|Monday, October 24||Roman Mind
Paper Topic Due, 5 p.m. (submit online)
|Shelton *143, 145, 152, 153, 154, 157, 160 (journal entries can be really quick here--this is more directed writing, as I discussed in class--focus on the effect of the system of education)|
|Wednesday, October 26||Philosophy I||
World, pp. 241-260
Shelton *466, 467, 469, 470, 471
(group these together in your journal by author)
|Friday, October 28||Philosophy II||Shelton *460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465 (group these together in your journal by author)
Journal Due 5 p.m.
|Monday, October 31||Exam Number 2
||N.B. If you wear a costume, make sure you are able to write while wearing it!|
|Wednesday, November 2||Roman Literature I||World, pp. 262-286|
|Friday, November 4||Roman Literature II||Rough draft of paper due, 5 p.m.
This reading assignment is due Monday, Nov. 7
Get to it on the reading assignment section of segue.
|Monday, November 7||Roman Art and Architecture, architecture I||World, pp. 287-316
Shelton #79, 97
|Roman Art and Architecture, architecture II
FINAL PROJECT SUBMIT FORM DUE, 5 p.m., submit on the segue site
|Friday, November 11||Roman Art and Architecture, Painting I||Learn Pictures|
|Monday, November 14||Roman Art and Architecture, Painting II||Learn Pictures|
|Wednesday, November 16||Medicine I
PAPER DUE, by 5 p.m.
|For really GREAT Roman medical information to appreciate, go to this site.|
|Friday, November 18||Medicine II||Shelton *111, 112, 114, 115, 118.|
|Monday, November 21||Later History||Reading Assignment: Selections from Later History|
|Tuesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Holiday begins at 10 p.m.
|Classes resume, 8 am
Monday, November 28
|Bread and Circuses I||A Reminder: there is no final exam in this class, but a really great final project in which you get to learn about an aspect of Roman culture that has always interested you! It is due (as stated on the first day, way long ago) the day our final exam is assigned; our day is Tuesday, December 13, bring your creations to MoodBridwell 223 by 5 p.m.|
Wednesday, November 30
Bread and Circuses II
Shelton #377, 378, 379, 380, 382, 391, 392, 396, 397
|Friday, December 2||
|This reading assignment is on "Reading Assignments," it's short and fun! Gives you great insights into Roman culture.|
|Monday, December 5||Course Evaluations
Final Journal Due
Wednesday, December 7
Exam Number 3
This is now a review day--ponder the questions beforehand (read all the material assigned in class before this class if you wish to have the review be most useful!).
Friday, December 9
|Exam Number Three is now on this day, due to popular demand
Reminder: our final project is due on Tuesday, December 13 by 5 p.m., the day assigned to our class for its final.