CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies:
Everyday Life in Ancient Rome

Department of Classics

Monmouth College

Class Format



The focus of this course is an examination of the everyday life of people in ancient Greece and Rome. Classes will concentrate on analyzing the ancient evidence regarding various aspects of life in the ancient world. Readings, films, class lectures and discussions are intended to complement each other. While we may not mention every reading in class, you will be expected to show your familiarity with this material on the unit quizzes, in class discussions and in other assignments. Interesting class discussions depend on faithful completion of these reading assignments by every student.

Classes will generally meet two days a week, TTh 9:30-10:45 A. M. for the first eight weeks of the semester. While daily attendance is not recorded, class participation counts towards the grade and 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. There will be no make ups for missed exams (or quizzes) without a serious medical excuse.

Whenever possible, course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form at  CLAS240 Syllabus: Everyday Life in Greece and Rome.

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.

For instructions about submission of written work for this course, please consult Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.

You may be expected to attend public lectures and other college functions. Questions relating to these talks may appear on quizzes, tests, and assignments.

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at

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