Introduction to Classical Studies
Department of Classics, Monmouth College
Schedule of Activities
Week 1 (Aug.
and discussion of the
College Classics Dept. Mission Statement
1. Do a Google search for the phrase "Why Study
Classics?" E-mail the page you like the best and e-mail
the URL to the instructor. (First come, first served). You will
summarize this page for the seminar next week and respond to it
from your own personal point of view.
2. Read Preface and Chapter 1
Standing assignment about Cicero: Ask yourself a
question about this chapter or make an observation about it
which you will share with the class orally and summarize in
Week 2 (Sept. 5)
Reports on "Why Study Classics?".
1. Write a 300-word statement on the topic "Why Study Classics?"
These statements will be used to create our own Monmouth College
2. Look at the sites listed/reviewed on "Some Useful Classical
Choose one and evaluate its usefulness for you. Find one or two
additional sites which you think should be added this list. Post
this information on the seminar's Moodle.
3. Respond to at least two people's
postings for #2 on the Moodle.
4. Familiarize yourself with the
Library of Congress (LC) Subject headings:
what headings are Classics materials likely to be found? Bring a
copy of this list to seminar next week.
3 (Sept. 12)
Seminar meets in Hewes Library
Reports on Web-Based Classical
Resources, discussion of LC Subject Headings
and tour of Classics Collection in Hewes Library
1. Survey Classical Journals in the
Periodical holdings in Hewes Library (http://ve9zp3gm4p.search.serialssolutions.com/)
and on JStore (http://www.jstor.org/).
Make two lists!
2. Choose one Classical journal (first-come, first served). What
is the goal of this journal? What is its audience? Who publishes
in this journal? Give two or three specific examples of recent
articles published in this journal of particular interest to
you. What are the submission guidelines.
3. Read Chapter 1 of
4 (Sept. 19)
Discussion of the Cicero resources from Hewes and discussion of Cicero
Assignment: Print-Based Classical Resources
1. Find a Cicero-related
print resource in the Hewes Library and
report on it. Answer these questions about the book: What is the
goal of this book? How well is this goal achieved? What is the
book's audience? Highlight two or three special features of this
2. Read Chapters
5 (Sept. 26)
Discussion of the archaeology lecture, classical journals and Cicero
on Classical Research. Why Do Classicists Publish?
1. Read the American Philological Assn. Statement on Research (http://www.apaclassics.org/research/researchpreamble.html).
Write your own summary of
and compose two questions or observations which you have about
this statement .
3. Read Chapters
Attend archaeology lecture (Thursday,
September 27, 2006 at
7:30 P.M. in the Morgan Room of
Poling Hall). Include in your weekly statement a
response to the following question: Why should Classics students
be interested in archaeology?
6 (Oct. 3)
Discussions of classical research and
Assignment: How Do Classicists
1. Read "Publishing a Scholarly
Article in Classical Studies"
and "Advice for Tiros: How to Find the Right
Journal for your Work:"
2. Apply these statement to something you have written.
2. Read Chapter 8-9 of
7 (Oct. 10)
Discussions of publishing, archaeology lecture and Cicero 8-9
and the Classics
What map resources are available for
Classicists in Hewes and on-line? Make a list.
2. Geography and Cicero. Find a
map and photograph of a place associated with Cicero's life:
FORUM ROMANUM, Arpinum, Tusculum, Cilicia, Athens, Rhodes,
Sicily (Lilybaeum), Thessalonika, Illyricum,
Palatine. Write a short history of this
place. Also explain how this place is important in
general and especially in Cicero's
. Read Chapter
Week 8 (Oct. 17)
Writing a Good Book Review
Coin-Cleaning and Identification Session
review of Cicero
in a scholarly journal
summary and response to this review.
Here are some questions to answer: What is the author's
view of this book? Why? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Some on-line reviews include
(you can't choose these!):
Discussion of Geography and Cicero 10-11
Assignment: History and Time Lines
1. Study the chronology found at
and find one other timeline on the ancient world. (Some are
Compare these two timelines. How are they similar? Different?
2. Compare the time line for the life of Cicero in Everitt with
that in a different resource. Ask the same questions.
Discussion of Time Lines
Assignment: Epigraphy and Reading Ancient
Introduction to Greek and Latin epigraphy: an absolute
2. Also look at these websites:
FOR EPIGRAPHICAL AND PALAEOGRAPHICAL STUDIES /
Links to Epigraphy and Palaeography Related Websites
/ Written in Stone
3. Now write a statement
explaining what epigraphy is and why a Classicist should know
11 (Nov. 7)
Discussion of Epigraphical Matters and orientation to the
Canopus Stone in Hewes
Assignment: Find out
some further information about the world of the Canopus Stone
and summarize it in your statement.
Week 12 (Nov.
Discussion of Canopus Stone and tour of the Shields Collection
Assignment: Art and Artifacts for the Classicist
Choose one artifact in the Shields Collection
to present to the seminar next week.
Week 13 (
Week 14 (Nov. 28)
Reports on Shields Collection
Look at Prof. Sienkewicz's CV (http://personal.monm.edu/Sienkewicz_Tom/vita)
and critique two CV’s on the web. Then find
one which you think is good and one which you think is
Use these to create a draft of your own
Week 15 (Dec.
Overview of Palaeography
Sharing of Resumes and discussion of the difference between a
resume and a c.v.
1. Revise your resume
2. Find an M.A. or Ph.D Program in Classics which interests you
and gather information about this program. See Classical
Programs survey (http://www.phds.org/)
Reports on Classics Programs
Careers for Classicists and answer the question
do you fit in?"
2. Finish your course journal
and include summary/overview of the seminar.
Class will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at
P.M. at Prof. Sienkewicz' home (1103 East Second Avenue)
1. Discussion of Careers for Classicists
2. Hand in your course
3. Report on Seminar Overviews
3. Seminar Evaluation