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CL311 Petronius' Satyricon: Requirements
TuTh 11.10-12.30

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Office hours: M 11.15-12.10 Th 1-2
Classics Department
Skidmore College
Participation   20%  

Class participation includes preparation of readings and assignments, and participation in readings, translations, discussions of scholarship and screenings of films. Attendance is mandatory at all class-related events unless you are ill.

We will watch five films together this semester on select Thursday evenings in February and March, not only for our intellectual delectation but as well to see how filmmakers draw upon the themes of food and dining in their craft (see the Schedule). The films are Tampopo, Babette's Feast, Big Night, Vatel and Chocolate. If there's additional interest and time, we might squeeze into the schedule in April either or both of these films: Ratatouille and Julie & Julia.

Discussions   20%  

Each student will lead two class discussions of topics and themes related to the Satyricon and submit a three-page paper accompanying each discussion class. See the Discussions for details.

Midterm exam   20%  
Thurs., Mar. 10: prepared translations, sight translations and essays
Research paper   20%  
Tues., May 3: 10-page paper on a topic of your choosing, in consultation with the instructor
Final exam   20%  
Tuesday, May 11, 1.30-4.30pm: prepared translations (post-midterm), sight translations and essays
Academic Integrity and Honesty
As you hone your skills as a reader of Latin prose you will develop your own perspectives, methodologies and solutions to some of the vexing questions that the study of rhetoric raises. It is absolutely essential that you take credit for your own work, and give credit to others when you draw upon their ideas and words. Plagiarism and cheating of all sorts will not be tolerated in this course and are grounds for an "F." Be sure to read carefully the Ethics of Scholarship pages.

All members of the College community are bound by Skidmore's Honor Code, included here:

"I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College Community and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights of others, and to abide by the college regulations."