CLAS201 Classics Seminar

Spring, 2007
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

This seminar offers a survey of current topics and disciplinary models in the field of Classics for Classics majors and minors and serious students of the Classics.

THEME: The Year One

The seminar will meet about 90 minutes per week and will be run in the format of a graduate school seminar during which there will be student reports as well as discussion and interpretation of the assigned readings.

Each participant in the seminar will become an expert on a different part of the world in the year one. Every week the seminar will consider compare different aspects of life in the ancient world, including history, religion, daily life, art, architecture, and literature.

You are expected to complete a short research assignment every week. You will give a brief oral summary of this work in class and provide a written copy of your report to the instructor. As the semester progresses you will also organize all of this work into a coherent paper comparing the Year One in the Greco-Roman world with the same period in another part of the ancient world.

Attendance at various classics lectures and events during the semester is also required. Some of these required Classics events include the lectures sponsored by the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Fox Classics Lecture.

Failure to complete any of these assignments may significantly affect your grade in the course.

 25% Class Participation
 50% Weekly Oral and Written Reports
 25%  Final paper

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Web-based resources: Nifty Websites / Bibliography of Internet Resources on Ancient Societies /



The Year One : Art of the Ancient World East and West
Elizabeth J. Milleker (Editor)
ISBN: 0300085141
Format: Hardcover, 192pp
Pub. Date: 200
Metropolitan Museum of Art



Standing offer for extra credit: If you submit a 250-word review of this book to or and send the link to the instructor, you will get extra credit in this course. This offer expires two weeks before the end of the semester.

A word on academic honesty: You are encouraged to work with other members of the class. However, please do not try to recite another's translation. This is a form of plagiarism (copying someone else's work without giving credit) which is both dishonest and ineffective for your goal of learning Latin. Any student submitting plagiarized work will receive a failing grade for that assignment. If two papers with identical or nearly-identical work are submitted by different students, both papers will receive a failing grade.

Caveat: This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor, provided that written or verbal notice is given in class.

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