HI363 (CC365) Age of Augustus

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

“I found Rome a city of bricks, and I leave it clothed in marble." These are the words of Rome's first Emperor, Gaius Iulius Caesar Augustus, who ruled an empire stretching from Spain to Syria, from Britain to Egypt. Students in this seminar will explore the social, artistic, literary and political successes and failures of this "golden age" of Rome's past. Each student will select a topic from the Augustan age—such as Vergil's Aeneid, the Imperial Forum of Augustus, art as propaganda, the creation of empire, the multiculturalism of the Mediterranean, the role of women in the Roman world—and assess it within the context of Augustan ideology and history.
Special Events
  • 2/7 (Tues.): Homerathon!
  • 2/17 (Fri.): performance of Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin; lecture TBA
  • 4/14 (Sat.): trip to NYC & the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 4/20 (Fri.): Parilia at Skidmore

Course Objectives: Goals

  • to understand the sources - literary, historical, archaeological, art historical - for the study of Augustus and his age
  • to assess scholarship that draws upon these sources
  • to gain a comprehensive perspective on Rome's golden age, on the author of that age, and the legacy he established
Course Objectives: Skills
  • to participate effectively in classroom discussion, to lead dialogue among one's peers, and to share scholarship - one's own and others' - in effective oral presentations
  • to develop critical thinking abilities and learn to articulate ideas and positions succinctly
  • to conduct research shaped by the development of a thesis
  • to write a literary, historical, art historical, or philosophical analysis supported by primary and secondary sources
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.