participation and attendance: 10%
participation is an active process and your grade depends
upon your efforts to engage the material of this course
and demonstrate that engagement over the course of the
semester. That means both regular attendance and active
participation in class discussions. You may take three
unexcused absences over the course of the semester. Beyond
those three, every absence will result in a lowering of
one full grade for your final course grade. I equate showing
up late for class with an unexcused absence; thus, it
is your responsibility to come to class on time.
means much more than just attending class: active engaged
learning includes doing the reading on schedule, thinking
about the issues the reading raises and formulating questions
and comments, and then sharing those observations with
the class. You can also participate in, or spur, discussion
via email - another opportunity to voice your views. In
order to earn the class participation grade, you need
to participate regularly - i.e., weekly - in the class
review the entire syllabus at the beginning of the semester
and make sure you schedule no plane flights or any other
travel that conflict with the requirements of the course.
I shall make no exceptions for anyone in the Seminar -
all due dates, and exams, are mandatory for successful
completion of the course.
Essays: 30% (15% each essay)
will write two short essays (1300 words each, or approximately
four pages) during the first half of the semester. These
exercises are designed to help you develop confidence both
in your prose writing and in your ability to critique your
own work and that of your peers.
the first assignment, you will analyze an aspect
of Greek democracy – specifically, the principles
that guided the evolution of democracy in Greece, from
the Homeric community to the age of Kleisthenes, when
Athenian citizens participated routinely in legislative
and judicial proceedings. This assignment asks you to
focus on the literary and archaeological primary sources
in your analysis, meet with me to discuss the rough draft,
engage in a peer critiquing session in class and then
hand in the final version.
second assignment gives you the opportunity to
examine the definition of leadership, as exemplified by
Pericles in Athenian politics and life. Pericles, as a
strategos elected by the Athenian demos,
provided leadership for Athens for 30 years. His policies
included reinforcing Athens’ walls and strengthening
her navy; opening governance in the courts and in the
arkhonship to more citizens; solidifying the league as
an empire; imposing democracies on reluctant allies; adorning
Athens with temples, civic buildings, and an overall vision
for beautification; providing job opportunities for thousands
of citizens. Many have argued that the Athenian "experiment,"
the golden age of Athens, could never have transpired
without the leadership of Pericles.
essay can take many forms, but keep in mind that the ultimate
goal is to articulate what you envision as an effective
leader of ancient Athens. Were the decisions of Pericles
wise ones that benefitted the community, or were they
self-serving? Did he make decisions that strengthened
his community? Did they lead to a better sense of Athenian
identity? What were the risks, and costs, of such policies?
What are the criteria the Athenians used for choosing
leaders? Were these criteria effective, or should the
Athenians have employed a different system? What did the
Athenians seek in a leader, and for what reasons? And,
to whom were their leaders leaders responsible? You need
not address all of the questions raised here; indeed,
feel free to raise your own questions about leadership.
standard rules apply for both papers: a rough draft
is a complete version of the paper, still in need of revision,
but fully argued, supplemented with supporting evidence,
appropriate citations, etc.; it should be 1300 words in
length, paginated, double-spaced, 1" margins, 12-point
type, stapled; it need have only your name, the name of
the course and the date on the top of the first page.
You will exchange drafts with one other colleague, subject
your colleague's papers and your own to criticism (one
in-class, one outside of class), consult with your peer
mentor and/or a Writing Center tutor about your own paper,
and then hand in the final version. In your critique,
you will hold the draft to the highest
standards - in terms of clear expository prose, proper
use of sources, organization, and development of a thesis
Project: 40% (30% for the written project + 10% for the
the final project (2200 words, or approximately 7 pages)
you will examine your hometown's form of government and
conduct an analysis of that local democratic system based
upon the study of ancient and modern democracies. You
will design the research component of this project individually,
drawing upon readings and monuments from both ancient
Greek and contemporary American local cultural horizons.
The project will develop in stages, and each will earn
phase 1: thesis proposal
2: introductory paragraph and working bibliography
4: final draft. You will make a ten-minute presentation
of your final project at the end of the semester Submission
of the final draft will include a portfolio of all of
the preliminary work that you have done on this project,
so save all drafts.
The grade of each version will be based upon three core
clarity of expression – proper grammar, syntax,
use of citations
– paragraph construction, transitions, and flow
– use and understanding of appropriate sources,
and persuasiveness of argument
20%, 10% each
in-class midterm exam will provide you the opportunity to
demonstrate your grasp of Athenian democratic practices,
drawing upon both the readings and classroom discussions.
A final exam on Dec. 20 will provide you the opportunity
to demonstrate your grasp of all of the course's material.
student with special needs requiring accommodations should
give me his or her memo of accommodations in a timely manner.
It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with
me regarding all accommodations that require my participation.
The student is advised to ensure full use of testing accommodations
by coming to talk to me within the first two weeks of the
semester. The Coordinator for Students with Disabilities
is located in the Office of Student Academic Services. You
can make an appointment with her by calling x5180.