CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies

Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois

Instructor: Thomas J. Sienkewicz (

Classics/History 240G: Ancient Societies

Africa in Antiquity

Class Format

Portions of the required texts are assigned readings. In addition, there will be supplementary reading assignments in the library on related topics. Specific reading assignments will be given on a daily basis. Class periods will usually be a combination of lecture and class discussion on various topics pertaining to the ancient city. At least fifteen minutes of each class will be devoted to class discussion of assigned readings from the required texts as well as hand-outs or library assignments. These readings are intended to complement class lectures and discussions. While we may not mention every reading in class, you will be expected to show your familiarity with this material on tests, in class discussions, on tests, and in other assignments. Interesting class discussions depend on faithful completion of these reading assignments by every student. Class lectures and discussions will be supplemented by frequent slide shows depicting art and life in the period.

Classes will generally meet three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 from 1:50 P.M. While daily attendance is not recorded, persistent absence from class will inevitably affect successful completion of course requirements. In exceptional cases, the instructor may place an individual student on "no-cut" status.

Whenever possible, all course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form on the Monmouth College Classics Deptartment Website


Do not hesitate to ask questions in class. There is no such thing as a "stupid question". If you don't understand something, there are inevitably others in the class who do not understand either and you will do the entire class a favor by asking for explanations.

All written work for this course (except quizzes and exams) must be competently proofed and submitted to the instructor via e-mail. In all your written course work you should pay attention to grammar and organization as well as the quality of your material. Work will be graded on the basis of both form and content. You have the OPTION of resubmitting for reevaluation ALL written assignments (except quizzes and exams), provided this work was submitted on time. If you resubmit your work, you are expected to revise your work based not only on the instructor's comments but also upon your own reevaluation of your initial work. Work submitted for reevaluation must be received within two weeks of its return by the instructor.

You may be expected to attend Convocations, public lectures, and other college functions. Questions relating to these talks may appear on quizzes, tests, and assignments. In particular, you are required to attend the fourteenth annual Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture, "Always Something New From Africa: Ancient Africa and its Marvels ," by Professor Kenneth Kitchell of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Monday, October 12, 1998, at 7:30 P.M. in the Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center. Please adjust your schedule accordingly. On Wednesday, October 12th students are expected to submit a 600-word statement which summarizes and responds to the specific issues raised by the presenter and relates this material to course work.

Extra credit will be awarded to students who attend the any lecture sponsored by the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (See AIA Calendar of Events). Please submit a 100-word statement about the event in order to receive this credit. If you want transportation to any of these events, please let Prof. Sienkewicz know in advance.

Please note that class WILL MEET during the period scheduled for a final exam. This meeting will be used for various activities, including ORAL REPORTS, a course summary, and student evaluation. Attendance at this session is obligatory.

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