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CLAS 326 A: Women In Antiquity

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
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Olga Levaniouk

Syllabus Description:



Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-3:20 click to join

Meeting ID: 960 9796 7763

For the schedule of assignments see the MODULES (stay tuned for more as the quarter starts!). The modules show what you have to read and complete and submit and the Overview page in each module shows you how to do the quizzes and assignments. Always begin by looking at the Overview for each module! It will help you work efficiently with these challenging materials.

Olga Levaniouk 

pronouns: she/her          

Professor, Department of Classics

Office: working remotely

Office hours: Wednesdays 4-5pm (click to join) and by appointment—please don't hesitate to get in touch! You don't have to have a specific question to come to the office hour—I am happy just to chat about women in Antiquity (or other things in Antiquity). You are also welcome to ask me questions not directly related to the course — about the Classics department and the courses it offers, studying Ancient Greek and Latin, my work, etc. Feel free also to alert me to issues  with course material—I welcome all questions and concerns. 



Course goals: In this course we shall read and discuss ancient sources on religion, philosophy, medicine, literature, art, and  law along with modern scholarly analyses of ancient society to explore the lives of women in ancient Greek and Roman societies. 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.

Required text:

M. Lefkowitz and M. Fant, Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook in Translation, fourth edition (L&F hereafter)

Available from the University Book Store. Other readings will be made available on Canvas. 

Learning Remotely

Class will be conducted synchronously via Zoom. Recordings of class sessions will be available back-up if you have difficulties connecting during class.   The class time will be split between discussions with the whole class and breaking into groups to work together on things. There will be some graded group activities in break-out room that require student’s presence and participation (a small number of lowest grades will be dropped). I will do my best to make to make synchronous participation in class, including work in small teams, engaging and worthwhile.  


Grades will be based on:

75% quizzes and assignments (individual and group) submitted through Canvas

25% final project

Several assignments and activities during the term ask you to formulate your ideas about the project and identify resources so that I can give you feedback and advice along the way. I enjoy working with students to identify areas of interest and help you find resources. You might be surprised - for anything you are curious about in the ancient Greek or Roman world and its lasting legacies, someone has probably been writing something intriguing about it and I can help you find it. I use the Coffee Table Page to make available articles and books on a range of topics that you may enjoy browsing as you think about possibilities for the project. 

The 4.0 equivalency that will be used is as follows.  

% Score     Grade                    Score         Grade                    Score         Grade

100-94    4.0                         83              3.0                         73              2.0
93              3.9                         82              2.9                         72              1.9
92              3.8                         81              2.8                         71              1.8
91              3.7                         80              2.7                         70              1.7
90              3.6                         79              2.6                         69              1.6
89              3.5                         78              2.5                         68              1.5
87              3.4                         77              2.4                         67              1.4
86              3.3                         76              2.3                         66              1.3
85              3.2                         75              2.2                         65              1.2
84              3.1                         74              2.1                         64              1.1
                                                                                                  63              1.0



Disability Resources:

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.

Religious accommodations

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Learning Support:

  • Many materials for the class are provided via canvas. If  you do not have access to canvas please let me know  and we'll find a way of getting the materials to you.
  • 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.
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Notice to Students - Use of Plagiarism Detection Software

The University has a license agreement with SimCheck, an educational tool that helps prevent or identify plagiarism from Internet resources. Your instructor may use the service in this class by requiring that assignments are submitted electronically to be checked by SimCheck. The SimCheck Report will indicate the amount of original text in your work and whether all material that you quoted, paraphrased, summarized, or used from another source is appropriately referenced.

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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)
Social Sciences (SSc)
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
February 2, 2021 - 10:08am