To help you focus your reading, I will distribute a list of questions to go with each assignment. Please think about these questions as you read, drawing support for your answers from your primary and secondary sources, and come to class ready to discuss them.
|% of Grade||Dates|
|Map Quizzes||10%||Feb. 3, March 10, April 12|
|Short Paper||15%||Feb. 15 (draft); Feb. 24 (final)|
|Midterm exam||15%||Feb. 27|
|Final Project||25%||April 10 (draft); April 26 (final)|
|Final Exam||25%||May 11, 6:00PM|
Class participation includes preparation of readings and assignments, and participation in discussions in the classroom. Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate in the in-class discussions. Come to class and contribute.
Map quizzes (10%):
A basic grasp of ancient Greek geography is indispensable to understanding what's going on in your primary and secondary sources. To help you master this material, there will be 3 short (5-10 min.) map quizzes over the course of the semester. In each, I will give you a blank map and ask you to give the location of 10 places, drawn from a pre-announced list. In addition to the maps in your textbooks, here are some maps you should find helpful:
- The Mediterranean Basin
- The Aegean Sea & Greece:
- Ancient Greece & the Aegean (use for Quiz #1)
- Greece, the Aegean, & western Asia Minor (= Anatolia), 3rd cen. BCE
- The Perseus Atlas (not a single map, but a searchable atlas)
- Important Herodotean Sites
- Blank map for Quiz 2
Short Paper (15%):
You will write one short (3-4 pages) paper that asks you to research, compare and analyze primary sources only.
Final Project (25%):
Your final project will be to compose an ancient document — a portion of a history, an inscription, a piece of epic or lyric poetry, a drama — reflecting your understanding of the sources for Greek history.
Useful links for writing your own Greek drama:
- Structure of Greek Plays (short)
- Structure of a Greek Tragedy (more detailed; scroll down to "2. Divisions of a play.")
All assignments and exams will have set deadlines. These deadlines will be announced in advance and are non-negotiable; any that you miss will earn a grade of "F."