Pompeiian wall painting, 1st c. AD
Cave canem!

CL311 Life in Pompeii
TuTh 2.10-3.30

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462

Classics Department
Skidmore College

Participation   25%   Class participation includes preparation of readings and assignments, and participation in readings, translations and discussions of scholarship in the classroom. Your participation grade depends upon accurate translations of Latin texts, and frequent and substantive contributions to the class discussion. Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate. Frequent absences will result in an "F" for participation. Come to class.
Quizzes   10%   Quizzes will occur sporadically during the semester and will focus on various issues that arise in class. They will typically last 5-10 minutes and may not be announced in advance.
Panel discussions   25%   Each student will participate on two different panels; the panels 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 or theme. Panelists will need to be fully familiar with the primary and secondary sources, and are also encouraged to provide print or electronic supporting materials to help guide discussions.
Research paper   40%  

Over the course of the semester you will develop a final project that draws upon the texts and themes we have discussed. 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 project:

  • topic statement
  • identification of texts you will translate
  • thesis statement
  • bibliography
  • rough draft
  • presentation
  • final draft

For more on this visit the Project webpage.

Academic Integrity and Honesty
As you hone your skills as a reader of Latin prose you will develop your own perspectives, methodologies and solutions to some of the vexing questions that the study of rhetoric 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.

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."