study of the history of Rome, or of any civilization, calls upon
a set of distinct skills that require time and patience to cultivate.
History is neither a collection of facts lacking careful and critical
analysis, nor an analysis devoid of factual information; indeed,
the historian needs to have the facts at his or her fingertips
in order to build a cogent and thoughtful analysis. The assignments
for this course will help you develop both skills: the exams will
test your ability to grasp and recall salient information, while
the short responses, essay, and research paper will ask you to
craft arguments based upon that information. The classroom will
serve as an informal laboratory where you can test your own abilities
to coordinate these two sets of skills.
Over the course of the semester you will develop writing skills
(outlined in the Overview) that will
help you craft clear and cogent prose, and study skills that will
assist you in doing fine work on an exam. The course requirements
are designed to help you sharpen these skills. You will write
three short (300-600 words) responses and one long (3000 words)
final project (a creative project - either a non-fictional piece
of research or a fictional work that draws upon research): the
first will ask you to compare and analyze primary sources on a
particular subject; the second offers you a broader choice of
topics and requires some research. This final project will focus
on building your research skills so that they culminate with the
successful completion of this 3000-word paper.
You will take two exams: one midterm and one final. The midterm
will cover the lectures, readings and class discussions through
the middle of the semester, and the final exam will be comprehensive
but focus on the latter half of the course material.
assignments will have due dates specified in advance, and you
yourself must turn each one in on time and in class (except the
research paper, which is due in my office, LADD 209, on Thursday,
December 16th at noon). Failure to hand any assignment in on time
will result in an "F" for that assignment. This is not
open to negotiation.
i.d.s, source analysis, essays
i.d.s, source analysis, essays
analysis: 300-600 word essay
paper: 3000-word essay
participation is an essential aspect of this course and
consists of the preparation of all readings before class,
and participation in discussions in the classroom. To
earn CLASS PARTICIPATION points you need to come to class
on time, contribute regularly and thoughtfully, and demonstrate
a grasp of the readings and lectures. You must be respectful
and tolerant of others' views.
Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate
in the in-class discussions. You may take THREE absences
from the classroom during the semester without penalty
- no questions asked, no explanation necessary, although
if you miss a class on which an assignment is due you
will fail that assignment. After three absences, each
absence will result in a significant lowering of the CLASS
PARTICIPATION component. Come to class.
INTEGRITY AND HONESTY
you hone your skills as an ancient historian you will
develop your own perspectives, methodologies and solutions
to some of the vexing questions that Roman history raises.
It is absolutely essential that you take credit for your
own work, and give credit to others when you draw upon
their ideas and words. In this course you are expected
to distinguish, and indicate to your reader the differences,
between your own work and that of others. We will discuss
what constitutes plagiarism and how you will go about
acknowledging properly the effort of another scholar.
Accordingly, plagiarism and cheating of all sorts will
not be tolerated in this course and are grounds for an
"F". Be sure to read carefully the Ethics
of Scholarship webpage and the section on "Academic
Integrity" in the Academic Information Guide.
All members of the College community are bound by Skidmore's
Honor Code, included here:
"I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College Community
and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent
in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity
in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights
of others, and to abide by the college regulations."