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.
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.
each @ 15%
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
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.
employ the same format throughout the semester:
margins (not the width default of 1.25")
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
(location of the page number doesn't matter)
format. If you use another software product, please consult
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long before the first due date.
assignment is due in class by 4.00pm.
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).
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).