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HI204 Athens, Alexander & Cleopatra

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462 Hours: MW 12.15-1.15pm


Over the course of the semester you will develop writing skills that will help you craft clear and cogent prose and that will also assist you in doing fine work on an exam. The course requirements are designed to help you sharpen these skills. You will write one short speech (1-2 pages) germane to Athenian Democracy in the Balance and one essay (3-4 pages) that asks you to research, compare and analyze primary sources only on an assigned topic related to Alexander the Great's career. You will also prepare a final project that requires you to develop an idea into a thesis that reflects aspects of Greek history that interest you. Finally, you will write one midterm and one comprehensive final exam.
For the "Essays" and the "Project," please consult the "Essay Guidelines" and the "Academic Integrity Checklist." Please include the Checklist when you submit the "Essay" and the two versions of the "Project."
Essay Guidelines
The class participation grade is based upon how well you prepare the readings and assignments before class and then contribute substantively to discussions in the classroom. Each individual takes a different approach to class participation, from active engagement at every class meeting to a more passive and quiet demeanor. In this class, I expect all of you to participate regularly; to that end, you should plan to offer a significant contribution to our class discussions at least once each week. Obviously, if you do not attend class you can not participate in the in-class discussions. Come to class, come prepared and contribute.

Extra credit: you may earn 2.5 additional percentage points towards the class participation grade (i.e., one half-grade) by attending and writing two separate 250-word essays about any two of these spring Classics events:

  • performance of Penelope by playwright & actor Ellen McLaughlin (Fri., 2/17)
  • poetry reading of Homer's Odyssey at the "Homerathon!" (Tues., 2/7)
  • performance of Ajax in Iraq by the Theater Department (Apr.)
  • presentations by students at Parilia, the annual undergraduate Classics conference (Fri., 4/20)
  • presentations by students on topics relevant to the seminar at Academic Festival (May
All assignments and exams will have set deadlines. These deadlines will be announced in advance and, unless you are ill and have obtained an excused absence from me via email as soon as you are able, are non-negotiable. If you miss a deadline due to an unexcused absence, you will earn a grade of "F."
Class Participation 10% Daily
Democracy in the Balance 15% Written speeches due March 7
Midterm 20% Due Fri., March 9, 10am
Essay 15% Due Thurs., April 5, 5pm
Project - short essay 5% Due Fri., April 13
Project - final essay 15% Due Mon., April 30
Final exam 20% Thurs., May 10, 6-9pm