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.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

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
Princeton Video
Assignment for next class: Answer the question "Why Study Classics?" from your own personal point of view. Please submit this electronically as an email attachment as a Word or pdf document only.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Due: Paper on "Why Study Classics?" Please submit this electronically as an email attachment as a Word or pdf document only.
Instead of regular class, attend one of these two archaeology lectures:
“The Archaeology of Shipbuilding”
Michael R. Jones, 
Research Associate, Institute of Nautical Archaeology (
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:30 P.M., Hanson Hall of Science 102, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

“Constantinople’s Theodosian Harbor and the Archaeology of Byzantine Ships”

Michael R. Jones, Research Associate, Institute of Nautical Archaeology (

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:30 P.M., Pattee Auditorium, Center for Science and Business, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois
Assignment for next class: Use this lecture to discsus how archaeology contributes to the study of Classics?


Tuesday, Oct. 25

Archaeology Paper due.

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: Sample bibliographic citation and annotation

Wednesday, Oct. 26

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. 27

Due: Library Assignment
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

Assignment due for next class: Use the presentation on the Canopus Stone to discuss how epigraphy is important to the study of Classics.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Chapter 1 of Beard and Henderson
Beard and Henderson Worksheet
(Fill out this worksheet for every chapter as you read. Bring it to class. It will be collected.)
British Museum, Room 16 / Room 16 Photograph 1 / Photograph 2
Bassae Sculptures / Kaineus / Temple Frieze / Ashmoleon  Casts
Cockerell Bassae 1
Assignment: Bring a copy of your current resume to the next class. If you don't have a resume, start a draft.


Thursday, Nov. 3

Writing a Resume
Chapter 2-3 of Beard and Henderson


Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Dupres "Consul Louis Favel"
Cockerell Bassae 2
Stakelberg "ApollonTempel"
Edward Lear's "Temple of Apollo at Bassae"

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 Mediterranean World:

Assignment: Mark the following places on a blank map of the Mediterranean world 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), TROIA (ILIUM), NUMIDIA, GALLIA (TRANSALPINA), NORICUM, MACEDONIA, DACIA, LONDINIUM, TARRAGONA, CORDOBA, MERIDA, POMPEII, LUGDUNUM, AQUINCUM, VINDOBONA, RAETIA, SYRACUSAE, EPHESAE, BASSAE, COLONIA AUGUSTAE (Cologne), VINDOBONA, FLORENTIA (Florence), DAMASCUS, TYRE, IEROSOLYMA, CORINTHUS, CRETA, LEGIO (Leon, Spain).
Due Nov.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Map Assignment Due.
Chapter 4-6  of Beard and Henderson
Pausanias 8.41.7
Cornelius Gallus Papyrus / Latin Text
Text of Tacitus / Tacitus Manuscripts Tacitus 1-6 / Tacitus 11-16
Roman Slave Collar
Cockerell. Temple of Bassae

Time Lines of the Ancient World
Timeline of Roman History

Assignment: Use these time lines to make your own list of the 50 most important events in the ancient world (25 Greek and 25 Roman) 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 and should not have clusters of events within close time proximity. Due Nov. 10

Thursday, Nov. 10

Time Line Assignment due.

Chapter 7-10 of Beard and Henderson
Edgar Allan Poe's "To Helen"
Martial "Liber Spectaculorum" I
Ben-Hur 1959 / Chariot Race 1959 / Ben-Hur / Ben-Hur 2016 / Chariot Race 2016
Quo Vadis 1951
Quo Vadis
Henryk Sienkiewicz
Nicolas Poussin "Et in Arcadia Ego" 1637-1638
Sir Joshua Reynolds "Et in Arcadia Ego" 1769

Assignment: Paper on Beard and Henderson (due Tuesday, Nov. 29): In this paper, which counts 25% of your final grade you should use your Beard and Henderson Worksheets to provide an overview of the book, chapter by chapter. Your audience is someone who has not read the book. You should incorporate into your paper personal observations and comments about ways in which this book has helped you better understand the field of Classics and your relationship to it. Suggested length: 10 pages (approximately one page per chapter).

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Read Introduction and Chapters 1-2 (Homer/Thales) of Twelve Greeks and Romans (12GR)
Who are the Ancient Greeks?
Shelley's Hellas / Preface
Hanover Historical Texts Collection
Refer to this website as you read 12GR: Major Classical Authors
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.


Wednesday, Nov. 16

"Mycenaean Greeks in Cyprus at the End of the Bronze Age: A New Approach to an Old Question"
Kyle Jazwa, 
Lecturer in Archaeology, Monmouth College (

7:30 P.M., Pattee Auditorium, Center for Science and Business, Monmouth College, Monmouth,  Illinois

Attendance Required.


Thursday, Nov. 17

Seminar Meets in Hewes Library for Tour of Shields Collection with Mary Phillips
Revised Resume Due.


Tuesday, Nov. 22

No regular class today. Use this time to work on your Beard and Henderson paper.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Break No Seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Beard and Henderson Paper due today.
Grad School Reports today.

Chapters 3-4 of 12GR (Themistocles, Pericles)
Solon: Selected Fragments
Pericles' Funeral Oration
Assignment: Oral reports on "Why Study 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

Why Studying Latin, More So Than Business, Is Ideal Training for Actually Running a Business - Capterra Blog


Thursday, Dec. 1

Chapters 5-6 of 12GR (Plato and Aristotle)
Oral Reports on "Why Study Classics"
Diogenes the Cynic

Tuesday, December 6

Chapter 7-8 of 12GR (Scipio Africanus, Julius Caesar) TGR7-8
Chapter 9-10 of 12GR
(Cicero, Augustus) TRG9-10

Careers for Classicists
/ Why Classics?

Tuesday, December 13
Final Meeting

Class will meet at Prof. Sienkewicz' home (1103 East Second Avenue) at 8:00AM
Breakfast will be served.
Summary paper on 12GR
Seminar activities:
1. Discussion of Careers for Classicists
2. Discussion of "How do you fit in?"
3. Seminar Evaluation