||to understand the sources - literary, historical, archaeological,
art historical - for the study of Alexander and his age
||to assess scholarship that draws upon these sources
||to gain a comprehensive perspective on the later 4th century BC
from Greece to India, from Macedonia to Egypt; on the principal architect
of that age; and the legacy he established
||to communicate effectively in classroom discussion
||to conduct research by traditional and digital methods
||to develop critical thinking abilities and learn to articulate them
orally and in written form
||to write a literary, historical, art historical, philosophical or
archaeological analysis supported by primary and secondary sources
||Seminars depend upon regular, stimulating and provocative contributions
from all participants. Each student is expected to participate actively
and regularly in classroom discussions, and that participation must be
grounded in a thorough understanding of the sources for each class meeting.
Thus, participation includes
regular attendance: you cannot participate if you are not in class
in-class contributions: there is no place to hide in a seminar. Your
participation grade depends upon frequent and substantive contributions
to the class discussion.
completion of reading assignments: a seminar has high expectations,
including a minimum of approximately 75pp. of reading per class meeting.
Your comments in class will reflect whether you have done the reading thoroughly
||Feb. 8: this first assignment asks the student to acquire basic
methodological skills, apply them in a brief
research investigation, and then individually write up the results.
We will devote one class to this project; the written work will be due
one week later (Feb. 15). The class session will focus on research methodologies
and specific tools relevant to the study of Alexander; the written component
will consist of a 500-word essay due in-class on Feb. 15 which focuses
on individual student efforts to compile a set of responses to this brief
||Feb. 15-March 21: 2-3 students will each present brief reports on
specific, narrowly defined topics over the course of nine class meetings.
These reports will focus either on a comparison of primary or secondary
sources on a particular topic, or on an analysis of a primary or secondary
source's treatment of a particular problem.
||Apr. 4-27: over the course of eight class meetings in April each
member of the class will present a 15-minute report on his or her research
project (for which see below). Students are required to provide the other
members of the class with relevant readings and focus questions at least
one class meeting prior to the presentation. Students are also encouraged
to use multimedia (presentation software such as webpages or Powerpoint)
and/or handouts to illustrate these presentations.
||Over the course of the semester each student will focus on a research
project that bears directly on the life and times of Alexander. As the
main focus of the semester, this project will consist of a variety of components
- benchmarks of the progress towards successful completion of the research:
Topic statement: a one-paragraph summary of the issue(s) addressed in
the research paper, due March 9th.
Thesis statement and Working Bibliography: The Skidmore Guide to
Writing (p. 3) explicates succinctly the content of a thesis statement.
This one-paragraph (not one-sentence) statement and a thorough and
in-progress bibliography are both due March 23rd. We will review the variety
of theses under examination on March 28th.
Project report: one 15-minute report on the research project
Research project paper: 20-page annotated paper due May 4.
||Over the course of the semester we will screen two films and attend
one lecture (all dates and times TBA); your attendance at all events is
Alexander's Epic March (1998) by Michael Wood for PBS (running
time: 4 hours)
The Man Who Would be King (1975) by John Huston, starring Sean
Connery and Michael Caine (running time: two hours)
Lecture by Prof. Christopher Pelling, University College, Oxford University,
on Plutarch and the biographical tradition (April)