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
Assignment for next class: Answer the question "Why Study Classics?" from your own personal point of view.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Due: Paper on "Why Study Classics?"
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

Due: Library Assignment
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.


Tuesday, Nov. 3

Writing a Resume
Chapter 2-3 of Beard and Henderson


Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Dupres "Voyage"
Cockerell Bassae 2
Edward Lear's "Temple of Apollo at Bassae"

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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Archaeology Lecture (attendance required)
“Ritual Immersion Baths of the Early Rabbinic Period"
Danielle Fatkin,
Assistant Professor of History, Knox College (

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

Thursday, Nov. 5

Map Assignment Due.
Discussion of Archaeology Lecture: Why Archaeology?
Chapter 4-5  of Beard and Henderson
Pausanias 8.41.7
Cornelius Gallus Papyrus
Text of Tacitus / Tacitus ManuscriptsTacitus 1-6 / Tacitus 11-16
Assignment: Write a paper about what you learned aboiut Classics from the archaeology lecture and today's class discussion.

Tuesday, Nov. 10


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

Thursday, Nov. 12

Chapters 8-10 of Beard and Henderson
Edgar Allan Poe's "To Helen"
Martial "Liber Spectaculorum" I
Ben-Hur 1959 / Chariot Race / Ben-Hur
Quo Vadis 1951
Quo Vadis
Henryk Sienkiewicz
Nicolas Poussin "Et in Arcadia Ego" 1637-1638
Sir Joshua Reynolds "Et in Arcadia Ego" 1769
Note that we are discussing three chapters today.

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

Revised Resume Due.

Thursday, Nov. 19

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

Monday, Nov. 23

Archaeology Lecture: Attendance Required
“Report on Summer Archaeological Work  on the Palatine East Pottery Project”
Mackenzie Davis MC’18
( and Victor Martinez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Arkansas State University (

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



Tuesday, Nov. 24

Discussion of the Archaeology Lecture
Read Introduction and Chapters 1-2 (Homer/Thales) of Twelve Greeks and Romans (12GR)
Shelley's Hellas / Preface
Hanover Historical Texts Collection
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
Solon: Selected Fragments
Pericles' Funeral Oration
Diogenes the Cynic
Assignment: Find an M.A. or Ph.D Program in Classics (or a related field) which interests you and gather information about this program.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Brief oral reports on Grad School
Chapter 7-8 of 12GR
(Scipio Africanus, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Augustus)
Applying to Graduate School: Graduate Programs and Department Websites

Tuesday, December 8

Chapter 9-10 of 12GR (Cicero, Augustus)

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