HI363 Age of Augustus
Ladd 106 MW 4.00-5.20pm

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 2o9 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hrs.: MF 12-1pm

Weight Assignment

Class participation

Class 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

Beginning with the fourth week of the semester, you will be assigned to formulate questions intended to spark the discussion of an individual class meeting's readings. Each of you will typically partner with another member of the class in generating these questions.


Essays: two, each @ 15%

Each 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. See the schedule for links and details.


Final project

The 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: a 300-500 word proposal stating the subject you have chosen and the issues you intend to address; a rough draft with all footnotes and works cited included; an oral presentation of your project; and a final draft, due on Monday, December 14th, at 4.00pm.


Please employ the same format throughout the semester:

  • 1" margins (not the width default of 1.25")
  • 12-point type
  • title page only with the final draft. Until then, each component need have only your name, the assignment title (e.g., "Topic Statement") and the date at the top of the first page
  • pagination (location of the page number doesn't matter)
  • MS-Word format. If you use another software product, please consult with the Helpdesk long before the first due date.
  • Each assignment is due in class by 4.00pm.
All of the assignments for this course have deadlines which are non-negotiable, although I do reserve the right to make changes to the schedule. Please adhere to the deadlines, since I will not entertain requests for extensions and all late papers will receive a grade of "F" (unless due to illness).
The seminar will include a film screening over two evenings (the Italian production of Imperium: Augustus) and extra credit earned towards the class participation grade with attendance at the annual fall Classics lecture (date TBA).