CLAS/HIST240 Ancient Societies: The Family

Department of Classics, Monmouth College

Class Format

Classes will concentrate on analyzing the assigned readings as evidence for family life in the ancient world. There will also be occasional slides lectures dealing with material relating to ancient family life. Readings, 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 tests, in class discussions and in other assignments. Interesting class discussions depend on faithful completion of these reading assignments by every student.

Classes will generally meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. While daily attendance is not recorded, 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.

Whenever possible, course handouts, including this syllabus, will be available in electronic form on the Monmouth College Classics Dept. webpage (https://department.monm.edu/classics).

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.

All written work for this course (except quizzes and exams) must be competently proofed and submitted via the college computer mail system. In all your written course work you should pay attention to grammar and organization as well as the quality of your material. Work will be graded on the basis of both form and content. You have the OPTION of resubmitting for reevaluation ALL written assignments (except quizzes and exams), provided this work was submitted on time. If you resubmit your work, you are expected to revise your work based not only on the instructor's comments but also upon your own reevaluation of your initial work. If you resubmit work, you will receive the average of the first and second grades received on the assignment. Work submitted for reevaluation must be received within two weeks of its return by the instructor.

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.

Please note that class WILL MEET on Wednesday, May 5th, at 6 P.M. (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.

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at toms@monm.edu.

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