Classical Greece and Rome

(HIST 410), Autumn 2017

'Such is the unity of history that anyone 
who endeavours to tell a piece must feel that
his first sentence tears a seamless web'

Pont du Gard
@c. corning

Dr. Caitlin Corning

Phone: 503-554-2673

Office: Center Street House # 5 E-mail: ccorning@georgefox.edu
Office hours  10:30 am-12:00pm, (MWF); 2-3pm (MW), 10-11am (T/TH)

Course Description
This class is a survey of Classical Greek and Roman civilization from the Minoan civilization (1700 BCE) to the late  Roman Empire (5th century CE). The course will provide the student with knowledge of not only political events, but will also explore issues of economics, culture, society, literature and art. Through papers and assignments students will have the opportunity to do more in-depth study of specific areas in which they are interested.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course students should:

1. have a basic understanding of the history and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

2. better comprehend the challenges and difficulties facing the historian in attempting to piece together this very complex period of history.

3. have improved their academic skills in the areas of critical analysis, writing, oral communication.

Career Skills

1. Analyzing complex documents and understand multiple viewpoints

2. Recognizing bias and assumptions

3. Critically and creatively  using resources to construct narratives and analyses

4. Organizing material and presenting this in both written and oral formats

Required Texts
~Price, The Birth of Classical Europe, Viking/Penguin, 2011 (ISBN:
~Reeve, The Trials of Socrates, Hackett Publishing, 2002 (ISBN:  9780872205895)

Optional Texts (choose one)
~Sophocles, Theban Plays, Hackett Publishing, 2003 (ISBN:
~Aristophanes, Lysistrata, Hackett Publishing, 2003 (ISBN: 978-0872206038)

Attendance and participation  12%
Discussions 21%
Greek Drama

Mid Term Exam
Final Exam

Late Policy
~If an absence is not excused, late work is penalized 10% per day.
~In class work/assignments:  If an absence is not excused, these assignments cannot be made up

Please note that this university has a no tolerance policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. Use of another person's exact words without quote marks and/or reference is plagiarism, as is restating another person's ideas but not providing a reference to indicate that it is not your own. If you have any questions, see your Student Handbook, or talk to me.

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