MWF 11.15-12.10 + W 10.10-11.05 or 4.10-5.00

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MW 12.15-1.15pm

This course serves as an introduction to classical antiquity for students pursuing studies in ancient Greece and Rome, for those interested in the classical tradition and the impact of the study of antiquity on Medieval and Renaissance Europe, for those looking to develop their writing skills within the discipline of classical studies, and for those seeking a general background in the western tradition. The centerpiece of the course is an examination of Greek and Latin literature within their larger social contexts. Readings (in English) will include Greek and Latin epic, tragic poetry, letters and orations; history and historiography; and philosophical and political treatises. The physical remains of classical antiquity, theoretical issues, and the classical tradition will also undergo scrutiny.
The interdisciplinary approach to classical antiquity that CC200 takes invites multiple perspectives on and interpretations of the literary and material evidence from ancient Greece and Rome. To that end, the course is co-taught by the following faculty:
  • Michael Arnush (Classics, History)
  • Ruth Copans (Scribner Library)
  • Dan Curley (Classics)
  • Catherine McKeen (Philosophy)
  • Leslie Mechem (Classics, Art History, Gender Studies)
  • David Porter (Classics)
  • Jessica Westerhold (Classics)
As you will learn, these faculty colleagues will approach the material from very different perspectives. How they choose to read and interpret the evidence will be at the centerpiece of the course and they will challenge you to craft your own informed responses to and interpretations of the material. The variety of disciplines and methodological approaches provide the context for the papers you will write. Over the course of the semester, you will learn to write from literary, archaeological and historical perspectives; you will develop skills as a critic of others' work and as a listener to critiques of your own writing; and you will learn to revise your work to craft a polished final product.
The theme for this year's "Classical World" course is "community." Through the examination and analysis of art and texts, we will focus on the ways in which the Greeks and Romans constructed their communities, who could belong and who could not, the values upon which their communities were predicated, the lengths they would go to reenter and/or to protect their created communities, and the ways in which their ideals of community have been preserved and passed on to us.
Course Objectives: Goals
  • to understand the content, form, and scope of major literary genres in ancient Greece and Rome
  • to view these genres in their social and historical contexts
  • to identify and assess selected artifacts and monuments
  • to read and anyalyze historical documents within their social contexts
Course Objectives: Skills
  • to participate effectively in classroom discussions
  • to develop critical thinking abilities and learn to articulate ideas and positions succinctly
  • to write literary, art historical/archaeological, historical and philosophical analyses supported by primary sources (the ancient evidence)
  • to conduct research shaped by the development of a thesis
Academic Honor and Integrity
As you hone your skills as a student of Greek history you will develop your own perspectives, methodologies and solutions to some of the vexing questions that the study of history 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.

Accordingly, 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 Academic Integrity Handbook, summarized on the Ethics of Scholarship webpage. For each assignment, please refer to the Academic Integrity Checklist as well.

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."
Academic Accommodation

If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need academic accommodation, you must formally request accommodation from Meg Hegener, Coordinator for Students with Disabilities.  You will also need to provide documentation which verifies the existence of a disability and supports your request. You must submit this paperwork to me by the end of the drop/add period.  For further information, please call 580-8150, or stop by the office of Student Academic Services in Starbuck Center.

If you participate in team sports and have scheduled any away games that conflict with any class responsibilities, you must arrange to meet with me by the end of the drop/add period. Please bring to that meeting the dates and times of departure of all away games.

Laptop or Tablet Use in the Classroom
If you wish to use a laptop or tablet to take notes in class, please read this form. If you are willing to abide by the agreement, then fill in the form and submit it to me.