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CLAS 320 A: Society and Status in Greece and Rome

Classics 320
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
Location: 
SMI 211
SLN: 
12645
Instructor:
kamen
Deborah Kamen

Syllabus Description:

Autumn 2019, MTWThF 9.30-10.20am, SMI 211

 

Prof. Deborah Kamen (dkamen@uw.edu)

Office hours: Mondays 11am-12pm (and by appointment), Denny 262F


 

Description:

In this course, we will be examining the public and private lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans, with a special focus on status, class, and gender. The diversity of human experience in the ancient world will be explored through the following topics: Greek and Roman social organization (men, women, children, the elderly, slaves, and freed slaves); housing; dress; food and drink; sex and sexuality; health and sickness; death and beliefs in the afterlife; magic and religion; politics; theatre and music; art and architecture; travel; economics; law; warfare; athletics and spectator sports; etc. No prerequisites.

On about half of the Thursday sessions (see below), I will be holding a 'conference hour' in lieu of lecture. Conference hour is a chance for you to come by my office with any comments or questions you may have. Everyone is welcome!

 

Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to identify the practices and ideologies of Greek and Roman society; understand the range of evidence for studying Greek and Roman social and cultural history; and appreciate the diversity of human experience in the ancient world.

 

Grading:

Exam 1 (Oct 18): 30%

Exam 2 (Nov 13): 30%

Exam 3 (Dec 11): 40%

Exams 1 and 2 will consist of ID’s (=identification of terms) and mini-essays; exam 3 will consist of ID’s, mini-essays, and one essay question about diversity in the ancient world. Exam 1 will cover lecture material and assigned readings from the first third of the course; Exam 2 the second third; Exam 3 the final third (though one should feel free to incorporate material from the entire course for the diversity essay). Do not bring blue books or Scantron forms.

 

Course Texts:

Required course texts: Both of these books are available FOR FREE as ebooks through UW Libraries (you just need to log in with your UW NetID).

Aldrete: Aldrete, G.S. (2004) Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia. Westport, CT.
 

Garland: Garland, R. (2014) Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. 2nd ed. Indianapolis. 

 

Readings on the course website:

Amos/Lang: Amos, H.D. & A.G.P. Lang (1996) These Were the Greeks. Chester Springs, PA.

Matz: Matz, D. (2008) Daily Life of the Ancient Romans. Indianapolis

Fisher: Fisher, N.R.E. (2001) Slavery in Classical Greece. London.

Silver: Silver, L. (1993) Art in History. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Tingay/Badcock: Tingay, G.I.F. & J. Badcock (2003) These Were the Romans. London.

 

Religious Accommodations Policy:

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.

 

Answers to FAQ’s:

  • I will post on the course website a "study guide" for each class, which includes ID terms (and generally also study questions) for that day's lecture. I encourage you to download these study guides and bring them to class. NOTE: These study guides will come in very handy when you’re studying for exams, since I draw my ID’s and mini-essay topics directly from the ID terms and study questions, respectively.
  • If you miss class, you are responsible for getting notes from a fellow student. I will NOT send you my notes, a lecture outline, or the PowerPoint.
  • You are not permitted to sell or buy lecture notes.
  • Please turn off the ringer on your cell phone before coming to class. It is extremely disruptive if your phone rings or buzzes during class.
  • You should do the assigned readings before the class period for which they are assigned. My lectures will build on assigned readings, so it helps to have done the reading in advance.
  • You are expected to arrive on time for exams; if you arrive late you will not be granted extra time.
  • Make-up exams will be given ONLY in the case of documented illness, family emergency, religious observance, or university-approved absences (like athletic events).
  • Any student requiring special accommodations should provide me with a letter from the Disability Resources for Students Office as soon as possible.

 

Week 1:

Sept 25: Introduction

Sept 26: Historical background: Greece (Garland 7-36 [feel free to skim]) (study guide)

Sept 27: Historical background: Rome (Aldrete 7-10) (study guide)

 

Week 2:

Sept 30: Space and time: Greece (Garland 37-52) (study guide)

Oct 1: Space and time: Rome (Aldrete 11-15, 47-53, 241-244) (study guide)

Oct 2: Social organization: Greece (Garland 65-70) and Rome (Aldrete 21-23, 43-44) (study guide)

Oct 3: CONFERENCE HOUR

Oct 4: Women and marriage: Greece (Garland 70-85, 122-123 [Sparta]) 
(study guide) Optional: short video "Wife Swap: Spartans and Athenians"

 

Week 3:

Oct 7: Women and marriage: Rome (Aldrete 55-61)
 (study guide). Optional: short video "Four Sisters in Ancient Rome"

Oct 8: Children and education: Greece (Garland 89-98, 120-21 [Sparta], 155-159) (study guide)

Oct 9: Children and education: Rome (Aldrete 62-65)
 (study guide). Optional: short video "A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome"

Oct 10: CONFERENCE HOUR

Oct 11: The elderly: Greece (Garland 98-102) and Rome (Matz 133-140) (study guide)

 

Week 4:

Oct 14: Slaves: Greece (Garland 105-118; 123-124 [Sparta])
 (study guide)

Oct 15: Slaves: Rome (Aldrete 65-68)
 (study guide)

Oct 16: Freed slaves: Greece (Fisher 67-70, 77-78) and Rome (Aldrete 68-71) (study guide)

Oct 17: In-Class Review for EXAM 1

Oct 18: EXAM 1

 

Week 5:

Oct 21: Housing: Greece (Garland 127-133) and Rome (Aldrete 75-80) (study guide) Optional: short video "Walk around in a 3D splendid house from ancient Pompeii"

Oct 22: Dress: Greece (Garland 134-141) and Rome (Aldrete 245-249) (study guide)

Oct 23: Food and drink: Greece (Garland 141-154) and Rome (Aldrete 111-113) (study guide)

Oct 24: CONFERENCE HOUR

Oct 25: Sex and sexuality: Greece (Garland 169-173) and Rome (Aldrete 113-118) (study guide)

 

Week 6:

Oct 28: Health and sickness: Greece (Garland 159-169)
 (study guide)

Oct 29: Health and sickness: Rome (Aldrete 80-83, 97-103)
 (study guide)

Oct 30: Death and afterlife: Greece (Garland 174-193) (study guide)

Oct 31: NO CLASS [Prof. Kamen out of town]

Nov 1: NO CLASS [Prof. Kamen out of town]

 

Week 7:

Nov 4: Death and afterlife: Rome (Aldrete 83-92) (study guide)

Nov 5: Magic and religion: Greece (Garland 193-216) (study guide)

Nov 6: Magic and religion: Rome (Aldrete 141-151) (study guide)

Nov 7: CONFERENCE HOUR

Nov 8: Festivals: Greece (Garland 266-270) and Rome (Aldrete 119-121; Matz 83-87) (study guide)

 

Week 8:

Nov 11: NO CLASS (Veterans Day)

Nov 12: Theatre and music: Greece (Garland 270-284) and Rome (Aldrete 138-140) (study guide) Optional:  short video "Chelys Lyre" (demonstration of a Greek tortoise-shell lyre)

Nov 13: EXAM 2

Nov 14: Politics: Greece (Amos/Lang 105-116)
 (study guide)

Nov 15:  Politics: Rome (Aldrete 44-47) (study guide)

 

Week 9:

Nov 18: Art and architecture: Greece (Silver 40-55) (study guide)

Nov 19: Art and architecture: Rome (Silver 65-81) (study guide)

Nov 20: Economics: Greece (Garland 216-223, 229-233, 124-125 [Sparta]) (study guide)

Nov 21: CONFERENCE HOUR

Nov 22: Economics: Rome (Aldrete 187-202) (study guide)

 

Week 10:

Nov 25: Law: Greece (Garland 224-229)
 (study guide)

Nov 26: Law: Rome (Aldrete 103-106, Matz 60-62) (study guide)

Nov 27: Travel: Greece (Garland 233-237) and Rome (Aldrete 36-39, 215-217) (study guide)

Nov 28: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

Nov 29: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

 

Week 11:

Dec 2: Warfare: Greece (Garland 237-255)
 (study guide) Optional: short video ("HOPLITES! Greeks at War")

Dec 3: Warfare: Rome (Tingay/Badcock 181-190) (study guide)

Dec 4: Athletics: Greece (Garland 258-266) (study guide)

Dec 5: CONFERENCE HOUR

Dec 6: Spectator sports: Rome (Aldrete 121-137) (study guide)

 

EXAM 3: Wednesday, Dec 11, 8.30-10.20am, SMI 211.

 

UW Grade Scale

Percentage Earned 

Grade-Point Equivalent

100-97

4.0

96-95

3.9

94

3.8

93-92

3.7

91

3.6

90-89

3.5

88-87

3.4

86

3.3

85

3.2

84

3.1

83

3.0

82

2.9

81

2.8

80

2.7

79

2.6

78

2.5

77

2.4

76

2.3

75

2.2

74

2.1

73

2.0

72

1.9

71

1.8

70

1.7

69

1.6

68

1.5

67

1.4

66

1.3

65

1.2

64

1.1

63

1.0

62

0.9

61

0.8

60

0.7

59 and x < 59

0.0

 

Catalog Description: 
Examines the societies of ancient Greece and Rome, with a special focus on status, class, and gender. The diversity of human experience is explored through the study of men, women, children, the elderly, slaves, housing, dress, food, sexuality, medicine, death, religion, theater, politics, law, economics, travel, warfare, art, and athletics. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm
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