History 4210: Ancient History


Syllabus:  Spring 2015

Instructor Class information Assignments/schedule Grading  

Instructor: Kathy Payne
  145 Stewart Library

Class meets:  Monday/Wednesday/Friday  12:30am - 1:20pm,  Library 138 (middle level north)

Office hours: Iím usually around the Reference area or in my office, but if you want a guaranteed time, catch me after class, call or email to set up an appointment.

Students with Disabilities: Any student requiring accommodations or services due to a disability must contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in room 181 of the Student Service Center. SSD can also arrange to provide course materials (including this syllabus) in alternative formats if necessary.


Class Information

Description: This course will survey the cultures of ancient North Africa, the Middle East and Europe with occasional forays into other areas.

Learning outcomes:

Class etiquette:   I am intolerant of students who act in a manner that disturbs me or other students.

You may eat and drink in class IF:  you don't bother anyone AND you don't make a mess.

Cell phones are a pet peeve of mine. Consider yourself warned.

Class participation is expected. Students will receive points based on regular class participation. Unexcused absences will have a negative effect on your grade.

I give extensions only for medical and similarly urgent problems.   I define what's "urgent". 

You may need to provide documentation such as a letter from your health care provider or deployment orders.

Group work: Group work is acceptable when I give specific permission. Otherwise, group work is considered cheating and dealt with accordingly.

Academic Integrity: It is assumed that students will act in an ethical manner. Students engaging in unethical conduct will be subject to academic discipline, including the imposition of University sanctions, as described in the WSU Student Code of Conduct. Examples of unethical conduct include, but are not limited to: willful damage of materials, theft, hiding of library materials, plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized use of computers and computer accounts, and intentionally spreading viruses.



Mathisen, Ralph W.  Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations.  2nd ed.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2014.  About $55.

NOTE:  you may use the first edition - they should be available for about $25.  


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