depend upon regular, stimulating and provocative contributions
from all participants. You are 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. Participation includes
attendance: you cannot participate if you are not 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.
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 and carefully.
three co-curricular events - two films (one in two parts)
and one lecture:
by Rachel Hadas, Thursday, February 20, 8pm, Emerson
Auditorium, on translating Greek and Roman literature
Wednesday, February 19 & 26, 7pm, TLC202: "Alexander's
Epic March" (1998, narr. Michael Wood), for PBS
(running time: 2 hrs. each)
Monday, March 24, 7pm, TLC202:
"The Man Who Would Be King" (1975, dir. John
Huston), starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine (running
time: 2 hrs.)
first assignment asks you to acquire basic methodological skills,
apply them in a brief research investigation, and then individually
write up the results. We will devote one class meeting - January
30 - to basic research methodologies; the written work will be
due three class meeetings later (Feb. 11). The class session will
focus on research methodologies and specific tools relevant to
the study of Alexander; the written component will consist of
an annotated bibliography due in-class on Feb. 11 which will illustrate
the degree of success you had in identifying and understanding
sources for the study of Alexander's earliest years.
will be assigned to two different panels for the period of February
4 - March 13. Each panel will consist of 2 (or occasionally 3) students
who will bear the responsibility of leading the rest of the class
in a discussion of a specific topic. Panelists will need to be fully
familiar with the primary sources and Green's interpretation of
the issues in question, and are also encouraged to provide print
or electronic supporting materials to help guide discussions.
the course of the semester you will focus on a research project
that bears directly on the life and times of Alexander. As the
main focus of your research and written work in this course, this
project will consist of a variety of components - benchmarks of
the progress towards successful completion of the research:
statement: a one-paragraph summary of the issue(s) addressed
in the research paper, due March 6.
statement and Annotated Bibliography: The Skidmore Guide to
Writing (p. 3) explicates succinctly the content of a thesis
statement. This one-paragraph (not one-sentence) statement and
accompanying annotated bibliography are both due March 27th,
the Thursday after Spring Break. We will review the variety
of theses under examination on April 1st and 3rd.
project paper: 20-page annotated paper due noon, May 2.
the course of four class meetings in April (April 15-24) each of
you will present one 15-minute report on your research project (for
which see above). You 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. You are
also encouraged to use multimedia (presentation software such as
webpages or Powerpoint) and/or handouts to illustrate these presentations.