|Instructor||Class information||Assignments/schedule||Grading||Useful websites|
Instructor: Kathy Payne
Office: 145 Stewart Library
Class meets: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30am - 11:45pm, Library 231 (Special Collections - large room)
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.
Description: This course will survey the world of ancient Rome from its prehistoric beginnings through its transformations in late antiquity.
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.
Attendance: 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.
Ward, Allen M., Heichelheim Fritz
M. and Yeo, Cedric A. 2009. A History of the Roman People.
5th edition. Prentice Hall.
Not familiar with the Roman
numerals in your book? Check out this chart from the Cincinnati City
While I give most weight to the content, all papers must be typed, double-spaced, use correct grammar and be free of gross spelling errors or your grade will suffer. This is a formal assignment and not an email to a friend.
Presentations: 3 presentations at 50 pts each - total = 150 pts
Presentation topics: Choice of topic must be emailed (KLPayne@weber.edu ) no later than 1 week before the presentation. If you do not email me, I won't grade the presentation.
YOU ONLY HAVE 15-20 MINUTES. BE SPECIFIC! DON'T CHOOSE GLADIATORS, CHOOSE A SPECIFIC TYPE, OR HOW THEY TRAINED OR WHAT THE CROWD EXPECTED.
Presentation I: That's Entertainment
Possible topic areas: hunting, gladiators, chariot racing, gambling, hobbies, theater, dance, the baths
Presentation 2: Home, Sweet Home
Possible topic areas: Upper class women, children's toys, pets, food and food preparation, domestic slaves, interior design
Presentation 3: Christianity
Possible topic areas: house churches, slavery, Christian soldiers, female patrons, Church & State, martyr stories, missionary work, heresies
Blogging: 4 blog posts plus comments at 25 points each - total = 100 pts
You need to do a total of 4 (four) blog post, each about 300 words (about = 1
double spaced typed page)
You need to comment on everyone else's posts
Each post is work 20 points, the comments are worth 5 for a total of 25 points
Grading the blogging assignment: I will send a paragraph with a number grade and the reasons I gave that grade to your Wildcat email address. Because of History Department regulations, I must use the Wildcat email. Don't use Wildcat email? Forward it to the email you do use: http://libguides.weber.edu/aecontent.php?pid=25558
Blogging instructions are available at: http://faculty.weber.edu/klpayne/History4210/blogginginstructions.htm
Class Participation - 50 points
|Date||Time Period||Topic||Readings & Assignments|
|In the beginning . . .||Class intro||
|The Etruscans|| Ward, et al.
I.1 Roman History - p. 1-7
I.2 Phoenicians, Greeks & Etruscans p. 11-26
|Patrons & Clients|| Ward, et al.
I. 3 Early Rome - p. 27 - 38
I. 4 Early Roman Society - p. 39 - 54
|The Republic||Foundation Stories|| Ward, et al.
I. 5 The Evolution of the Constitution - p. 55 - 73
I. 6 The Roman Conquest of Italy - p. 74 - 87
|Sources for Roman History - non-textual|| Ward, et al.
II.7 The First Punic War & other problems - p. 88 - 99
Motel of the Mysteries paper due beginning of class OR by midnight MDT via email.
DVD - Birth of Rome
|Sources for Roman History - textual|| Ward, et al.
II. 8 War with Hannibal - p. 100 - 109
Epigraphy - in class assignment (25 pts)
|Rome at war: The Punic Wars|| Ward, et al.
II. 9 Roman Imperialism - p. 110 - 126
|Things change|| Ward, et al.
II. 10 The Transformation of Roman Life - p. 127 - 140
II. 11 The Great Cultural Synthesis - p. 141 - 151
|Class warfare|| Ward, et al.
III.12 The Gracchi and Reforms - p. 152 - 162
| Rome at war:
The army evolves
|Ward, et al.
III.13 Breakdown of the System & Marius - p. 163 - 173
III.14 Civil War & Sulla - p. 174 - 181
Blog 1 - (25 pts)
|Caesar||Ward, et al.
III.15 Personal Ambitions - p. 182 - 197
III.16 Caesar - p. 198 - 214
DVD - Killing Caesar
|A life in letters: Cicero - Rome & the "new man"|| Ward, et al.
III.17 The Last Years of the Republic - p. 215 - 228
III.18 Life in the Late Republic - p. 229 - 247
Letters of Cicero
XII (Pompey), LXI (exile), CV (mostly politics), CVI (daily life), CCLXXV (family matters & politics), CCLXXVII (sucking up, Roman style), CCLXXVIII (asking favors), CCLXXIX (reporting in), CCLXXXI (family & other concerns), CCLXXXII (family matters), CCC (Caesar crosses the Rubicon) CMIX (Brutus, yes!), DCCCXIII (his last letter)
Translation: M. Tullius Cicero, Letters
Evelyn Shuckburgh, from Perseus (Tufts.edu)
Commentary on the Civil War
Crossing the Rubicon
|The Principate||Presentations: That's Entertainment!|| Ward, et al.
IV.19 The Principate takes Shape - p. 248 - 260
IV.20 Imperial Stabilization - p. 261 - 276
Presentation 1 - (50 pts)
|Gladiators|| Ward, et al.
IV.21 The Impact of Augustus - p. 277 - 291
DVD - Secrets
of the Gladiators
|Rome at war: daily life in a legion|| Ward, et al.
IV.22 The First Two Julio-Claudians - p. 292 - 303
|Pompeii|| Ward, et al.
IV.23 Claudius, Nero & the End of the Julio-Claudians - p. 304 - 314
DVD - Doomsday Pompeii
|Daily life in Pompeii|| Ward, et al.
IV.24 The Crisis of the Principate & the Flavians - p. 315 - 324
Blog 2 - (25 pts)
|A life in letters: Pliny the Younger - the life of an imperial gentleman|| Ward, et al.
IV. 25 The Five "Good" Emperors - p. 325 - 340
Letters from Pliny the Younger (from the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook)
Use print preview or you will get over 100 pages!
LX To Calpurnia
Pliny to Tacitus on the Eruption of Vesuvius (from Eyewitnesstohistory.com)
between Pliny & the Emperor Trajan
(from the Internet Ancient
|Life on the frontier: the Vindolanda Tablets|| Ward, et al.
IV. 26 Imperial Culture & Society - p. 341 - 364
For a nice intro to Vindolanda: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/vindolanda_01.shtml
(from: Vindolanda Tablets Online)
|Presentations: Home, sweet home|| Ward, et al.
V.27 Conflicts & Crises - Commodus & the Severi - p. 365 - 379
Presentation 2 (50 pts)
|Civis Romanus sum - life in the empire|| Ward, et al.
V.28 The Third Century Anarchy - p. 380 - 389
|Dura Europos - Pompeii of the sands|| Ward, et al.
V.29 Changes in Roman Life & Culture - p. 390 - 405
|The Tetrarchy||East meets West - divide and rule|| Ward, et al.
V.30 - Diocletian - p. 406 - 417
Blog 3 - (25 pts)
|Rome and Christianity|| Ward, et al.
V. 31 Constantine & Christianity - p. 418 - 429
|Blues, greens, heretics and barbarians - Christian life in the later empire|| Ward, et al.
V.32 From Constantine to Theodosius - p. 430 - 436
|Presentations: Christianity|| Ward, et al.
V.33 The Evolving World of Late Antiquity - p. 437 - 451
V.34 Christianity & Classical Culture - p. 452 -470
Presentation 3 (50 pts)
|A life in letters: Sidionius Apollinaris - living with barbarians|| Ward, et al.
VI.35 Germanic Takeover in the West - p. 471 - 485
Sidonius Apollinaris on Life in Barbarian Gaul (from Internet Medieval Sourcebook)
Symmachus (c.340-c.402): Relation 3, 384 CE [At Calgary] via the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
|Thanksgiving Holiday - no class|
|Justinian, Belisaurius, and the re-conquest of the West|| Ward, et al.
V.36 Justin & Justinian - p. 486 - 500
Blog 4 - (25 pts)
|The Legacy of Rome||Romans - Byzantines, Franks, and others|| Ward, et al.
V.37 The Transformation of the Late Antique Roman World - p. 501 - 515
V.38 The Church & the Legacy of Rome - p. 516 - 520
Total points = 350
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
Livius.org - generally very good articles with nice illustrations and very good use of primary sources
VRoma - a community of teachers and students who create online resources about Latin and Rome
Ancient Rome in 3D - from Google Earth. You will need to download free software.
UNRV - History - started as a resource for an online roleplaying game, now its own entity. Generally good, short articles, but they are done by a variety of people, so evaluate!