Pompeiian fresco, 1st c. AD


Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: W 9.00 Th 8.30 F 10.30

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Classics Department
Skidmore College

Students in this course will explore the social, political, economic and artistic contributions of the Romans to western civilization. Using literary, historical and archaeological methodologies, students will examine the thousand years of Rome's history - from its foundation by the mythical Romulus, to its domination over the Mediterranean world and central Europe, to its slow and gradual decline. Through readings, discussions and essays, students will demonstrate proficiency in the details that comprise Roman history, and an understanding of such broad topics as the elegance of Etruscan civilization, Roman relations with foreign nations, social and political institutions, imperialism, the golden age of Latin literature, and the spread of Christianity. Special emphasis is given to daily life in ancient Italy and the provinces. Students in HI202 are also enrolled in CC 290, which will meet occasionally at 4pm on Tuesdays and focus on developing research skills in history.

Students in HI202+CC290 will demonstrate the ability to

  • read and analyze historical documents within their social contexts and evaluate the role of the individual in ancient cultures
  • develop multi- and cross-cultural perspectives and apply them to gender, ethnic and social issues
  • read critically and analyze closely literary texts and modern scholarship
  • present orally - in class discussions - and in written form - on essays and exams - an argument supported by primary and secondary sources
  • conduct research by traditional and digital methods and produce a 3000-word research paper at the end of the semester