CLAS200 Introduction to Classical Studies
Department of Classics, Monmouth College
Schedule of Activities

Note: This course meets in the second half of the semester only.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Why Study Classics?

Discussion of the Monmouth College Classics Dept. Mission Statement
What is Classical Studies?
W.B. Yeats' "Leda and the Swan"
Countee Cullen's "Yet Do I Marvel"

Famous People Who Studied Classics

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Seminar Meets in Hewes Library
Resources for Classicists in Hewes Library
Library of Congress (LC) Subject headings
: Under what headings are Classics materials likely to be found?
Some Useful Classical Websites

Williams College Department of Classics. Resources for Classics Students:

Library Assignment: You will be assigned to find a Classics book on a particular topic, and create a bilbiographic citation and 100-word annotation for this book. Here is the bibliographic format you should follow:
Here is a sample bibliographic citation and annotation.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Mentoring Day
Pizza at 12:30 in Capron Room (Wallace 115) followed by Mentoring Session (Attendance required.)
Learning Outcomes/Goals for Classics Majors / Departmental Overview

Thursday, Oct. 29

Chapter 1 of Beard and Henderson
Beard and Henderson Worksheet
British Museum, Room 16
Bassae Sculptures / Kaineus / Temple Frieze / Ashmoleon  Casts
Library Assignment Due

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Chapter 2-3 of Beard and Henderson


Hellenic Ministry of Culture

Ancient World Mapping Center
Geographia. Aegean Map:
Mohr, James, et al. The Mapping History Project.
Suzanne, Bernard. Index of Maps of the Ancient Greek World..

Blank Map of the Roman Empire:

 Useful list of additional maps:

Assignment: Mark the following places on this blank map of the Roman Empire (  and list one important fact about each place, including, where appropriate, the modern name of this place. Indicate cities with dots. ATHENAE, SPARTA, ROMA, CARTHAGO, ALEXANDRIA, KNOSSOS, POMPEII, ANTIOCH (in ancient Syria), MASSILIA, MEDIOLANUM, CONSTANTINOPLE (= BYZANTIUM), THEBES (in Greece), TROY (ILIUM), NUMIDIA, GALLIA (TRANSALPINA), NORICUM, MACEDONIA, DACIA, LONDINIUM, TARRAGONA, CORDOBA, MERIDA, POMPEII, LUGDUNUM, AQUINCUM, VINDOBONA, RAETIA, BASSAE. Due Nov. 5.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Chapter 4-5  of Beard and Henderson
Cornelius Gallus Papyrus
Map Assignment Due.

Tuesday, Nov. 10


Chapter 6-7 of Beard and Henderson
Paper on Archaeology Lecture due. What did you learn about Classics from this lecture and class discussion?

Time Lines of the Ancient World
Timeline of Roman History

Assignment: Use these time lines to make your own list of the 25 most important events in the ancient world. with each event two or three sentences explaining why you think this particular event is so important. Your list should span the ancient world from the Bronze Age until the end of the Roman Empire.

Thursday, Nov. 12

Chapters 8-10 of Beard and Henderson
Writing a Resume: Bring to class a copy of your latest resume. If you don't have one, start a draft.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Class meets in Library for Orientation to the Canopus Stone
Classics in Stone: Epigraphy
Introduction to Greek and Latin epigraphy: an absolute beginners' guide
Links to Epigraphy and Palaeography / Related Websites  / Written in Stone

Thursday, Nov. 19

Seminar Meets in Hewes Library for Tour of Shields Collection with Mary Phillips
Time Line Assignment due.

Read Introduction and Chapters 1-2 (Homer/Thales) of Twelve Greeks and Romans (12GR)
Refer to this website as you read 12GR: Major Classical Authors

Paper due today on Beard and Henderson

Thursday, Nov
. 26

Thanksgiving Break No Seminar

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Chapters 3-6 of 12GR (Themistocles, Pericles, Plato, Alexander)
TRG3 / TRG4 / TGR5-6
Revised Resume Due

Thursday, Dec. 3

Chapter 7-10 of 12GR (Scipio Africanus, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Augustus)
TGR7-8 / TRG9-10
Applying to Graduate School: Graduate Programs and Department Websites
Assignment: Find an M.A. or Ph.D Program in Classics (or a related field) which interests you and gather information about this program.

Tuesday, December 8

Brief oral reports on Grad School

Careers for Classicists / Why Classics?

University of Arizona Department of Classics
Why Study Classics? (Drew University)

Majoring in Classics Gives Students an Edge
Classics Majors Find Their Future in the Past
Branding and Marketing the Classics Major
Careers in Classics / Benefits of a Classics Education / Test Scores of Latin Students
Eleven Reasons to Major in the Humanities
Why in Heaven's Name Are You Majoring in Greek?
The Heart of the Matter: Social Sciences and the Humanities
Why Study Classics? (University of Dallas)
Classicists Are Smart!

After Williams
Summary paper on 12GR  due via email by midnight TONIGHT!

Saturday, December 12
Final Meeting

Class will meet at Prof. Sienkewicz' home (1103 East Second Avenue) at 11:30 AM
Chili and dessert will be served.
Seminar Reflection Paper due.
Seminar activities:
Discussion of Careers for Classicists
2. Discussion of "How do you fit in?"
3. Seminar Evaluation