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.   You will need to borrow the newer edition to read a few side bars.

Epigraphy (25 pts) - assignment done in class (Tuesday, January 22)

Olympian Roulette (25 pts)  -   directions  (Tuesday, March 12)

Life in the Empire Blog  (50 pts) -  directions  coming (Tuesday, April 2, by midnight  MDT)

Presentation/Blog (100 pts) - directions  are available on Canvas.   (Tuesday, April 16, by midnight  MDT) (NOTE:  outline & partial bibliography due Tuesday, April 2, midnight, MDT.)  instructions: http://faculty.weber.edu/klpayne/history4210/historyblog.htm

Class Participation - 50 points

Total points:  250

Assignments should be submitted electronically unless otherwise stated.  Assignments submitted electronically are due by midnight MST (or MDT) time the same day. 

Late assignments will be penalized one full letter grade per day after the original due date and time unless  arrangements have been made with instructor.


NOTE:  Use of photographs from a site means I liked the picture. 
It does NOT mean I endorse the content of the site - evaluate each site!



 Week 1

January. 12 - 18

MLK Jr. Holiday

 Week 2

January 19 - 25

 Week 3

 January 26 - 30

 Week 4




Grading Scale:  250 points total

95 - 100% A           
90 - 94% A-
87 - 89% B+
84 - 86% B
80 - 83% B-
77 - 79% C+
74 - 76% C
70 - 73% C-
67 - 69% D+
64 - 66% D
60 - 63% D -
<= 59% E


Last updated 10/15/2014 .  Please send comments to  Kathy Payne.