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CLAS 326 A: Women in Antiquity

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
THO 134
Olga Levaniouk
Olga Levaniouk

Syllabus Description:

Classics 326: Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Course goals: In this course we shall read and discuss ancient sources on religion, philosophy, medicine, literature, and  law along with modern scholarly analyses of ancient society to explore the roles of women in ancient Greek and Roman society. Readings are chosen and discussions are structured with the aim of developing three types of awareness:

historical awareness --knowledge of basic historical realities of women and of family life, limitations and biases of surviving evidence, how different Greece and Rome are from each other, and from now; a sense of how political institutions can intervene in family relations

critical awareness -- an understanding of the history of changing interpretations of the ancient world -- how what people see in ancient Greece or Rome can also articulate what they value in their own cultures 

self-awareness -- a sensitivity to the forces (laws, customs, stereotypes, images and more) shaping our own social relations.

Course Requirements:

course participation and completion of short writing assignments           30% 

midterm                                                                                                           20%

project                                                                                                             20%

Final Exam                                                                                                      30%

Required text: Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook in Translation (Lefkowitz and Fant) fourth edition. Other readings will be made available on Canvas. 


Learning Support:

  • Many materials for the class are provided via canvas. If receiving them on paper would make your life easier, please let me know and I will be happy to provide them. 
  • Access and Accommodations: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me so we can discuss your needs in this course.
  • If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
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Catalog Description: 
A broad survey of primary sources in medicine, law, philosophy, religious ritual, myth, history, and ethnography, informed by perspectives from literature, art, and archaeology. Provides students the tools to analyze the social roles of women in ancient Greece and Rome.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm