CLAS201 Classics Seminar
Department of Classics
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.
Murder in the Antonine Age
In this seminar the life, marriage and death of a Roman
woman named Regilla, the wife of Herodes Atticus,
provide the context for studying the Roman world in the 2nd
century A.D., especially issues of gender, class and
ethnicity. The focus of the seminar is The
Murder of Regilla: a case of domestic violence in antiquity by Sarah B
Pomeroy (Harvard University Press, 2009). We will
read the book together, discuss it chapter by chapter, and consider related
literary and archaeological material in order to learn as much as possible about
the life and death of Regilla and the Antonine world in which she lived.
Members of the seminar are expected to:
1. participate fully in class discussions;
2. give one teamed-oral class presentation on a book review(List of Reviews of Pomeroy's The Murder of Regilla);
3. give two team-based oral class presentation on topics related to Regilla (Topics
for Team Presentations);
4. participate, at the end of the seminar, in a trial of Herodes Atticus for the
murder of his wife.
5 a follow-up paper on the trial in which members cast their vote as a member
of the jury and explain the reasons for their vote.
The seminar will meet on
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:45 for the first eight weeks of the semester
and will be run in the format of a graduate school seminar based upon team
and interpretation of the assigned readings.
Each member of the seminar will be part of TWO team presentations
on topics related to Regilla.
Typically teams will consist of two people.
Topics for Team Presentations.
Each team presentation will include the following:
1.) presentation the topic to seminar members in a presentation; lasting a
full 15 minutes
2.) introduction of the class to one new website
3.) introduction of the class to an
important book or article on the topic
4.) lead the class in a discussion of
5.) handout outlining the topic along with at least one useful visual
resource, a list of important names and terms with definitions, the website link
(and brief summary), bibliographic info for book or article (with brief
summary), and questions for discussion.
Be sure to put your names on the handout.
Nota Bene: A draft of the
handout must be submitted for Prof. Sienkewicz's approval two days before the
Failure to include any of these features in the presentation will significantly
affect your grade.
10% Class Attendance and Participation
45% Team Presentations
10% Handouts for Team Presentations
15% Book Review
15% Trial of Herodes Atticus
10% Post-Trial Paper
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Thomas J. Sienkewicz
of Monmouth College. If you have any
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