participation is the central feature of this course and it includes
preparation of all readings and assignments, and regular and active
participation in classroom discussions. As a seminar, this course
depends upon intellectual exchanges by all participants and respect
for others' perspectives. It also depends upon a collective commitment
to learn from and engage with the readings and each other. You
may take 2 absences from the classroom without penalty. After
two absences, each absence will result in a lowering of your final
grade by 2.5%. Come to class prepared to engage.
discussions of readings
with the second week of the semester, you will be assigned to
lead on two separate occasions the discussion of an individual
class meeting's readings. Each of you will partner with two other
members of the class.
first essay focuses on the analysis of a specific problem related
to historical evidence and includes an exercise in appropriate
citations of primary and secondary sources. This 500-word essay
is assigned on February 6th and due at 6pm on February 15th.
250-word response papers capture your analysis of the historical
accuracy of the two productions we will screen: HBO's recent multi-season
series Rome, and the BBC's acclaimed masterpiece, I,
Claudius (based on the novel by Robert Graves). The Rome
paper is due February 6th, the I, Claudius paper on March
the first paper, you will want to consult the HBO "Rome"
if you need additional information on the characters, see Wikipedia.
Please provide citations to any sources you consult and, since
you will be submitting these papers electronically, you can embed
the URL in the paper (in MSWord, highlight the text to be linked,
then use "control-k" and type or copy the URL) rather
than type or copy the entire URL as text.
employ the same format for the response papers, the essay and
each written stage of the final project:
- 1" margins
(not the width default of 1.25")
- 12-point type
page only with the final draft. Until then, each component
need have only your name, the assignment title (e.g., "Response
Paper: HBO Rome") and the date at the top of
the first page
(location of the page number doesn't matter)
format. If you use another software product, please consult
with the Helpdesk
long before the first due date.
is due by 6.00pm and must be submitted by email. If you do not
know how to attach a document to an email, please consult the
Helpdesk. Since our
class meets from 2.10-3.30pm, the early evening deadline gives
you the opportunity to utilize both my office hours and the
classroom to test your ideas, receive feedback and revise your
thinking before handing in an assignment.
final project consists of a written piece of research you will
design and conduct throughout the second half of the semester.
This 3500-word (approximately 15-page) paper has multiple components,
each with a specific due date; the final version is due on Friday,
May 4th, at 6:00pm.
final exam, administered on Tuesday, May 8th, 9am-noon in LI213,
will be a comprehensive examination drawing upon material from
the entire semester.
seminar will include various required co-curricular activities
including a few evening film screenings (Jan. 30th for episodes
of the HBO production of Rome; Feb. 27th and Mar. 6th
for episodes of the BBC production of I, Claudius; we
will coordinate dinners for one or more of these screenings) and
a lecture (the annual Classical World lecture, date TBA). You
may earn extra credit if you present at, or attend, Parilia
at Hamilton College on April 20th, and if you present your final
project at the annual Academic Festival on May 2nd.