CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies:
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.
This is a writing intensive course. You will be handing in weekly reaction papers as well as an individualized project (due at the end of semester).
Classes will generally meet three days a week,
MWF 1:00-1:50 P.M. Many Fridays we
will meet in the Barnes Electronic classroom in the library (but check the
regularly to be sure). 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
without a serious medical excuse.
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 Convocations, public lectures, and other college functions. Questions relating to these talks may appear on quizzes, tests, and assignments.
Although there is no final exam in this course, please note that class WILL MEET during the period scheduled for a final exam. This meeting will be used for various activities, including ORAL REPORTS, a course summary, and student evaluation. Attendance at this session is obligatory.