CC 302: Introduction to Ancient Rome (Unique #32450) Spring, 2010; TTh 12:30-2, WEL 1.316 Timothy Moore, WAG 113, Office hours TTh 11-12:15, 2-3, and by appointment ([email protected]
) TAs: Catalina Popescu, WAG 14C, Office hours Friday 1-3 and by appointment ([email protected]
) Dygo Tosa, WAG 207, Office hours WF 11-12:30 and by appointment ([email protected]
) Course homepage: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/moore/rome Course description: The ancient Romans are both fascinating in their own right and uniquely useful for contemporary Americans. Because Rome has been so influential on our own institutions and culture, the Romans offer us invaluable perspectives on the modern world. At the same time, the Romans were in many ways frighteningly different from us. The study of Rome thus helps us to appreciate how cultural differences can determine how humans think and act. Our aim in this course is to gain a fuller understanding of Rome—its similarities to, and its differences from, us—in order to understand better who we are, both as humans and as modern descendants of the Romans. We will reach this goal through reading and discussion of works written by the ancient Romans and secondary works on Roman history and culture. Texts: Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, and Richard J.A. Talbert, A Brief History of the Romans. Oxford University Press; ISBN 0195187156 Vergil, Aeneid, translated by Stanley Lombardo. Hackett Publishing Co.; ISBN 0872207315 Petronius, Satyricon, translated by William Arrowsmith. Meridian Classics; ISBN 0452010055 Plautus and Terence: Five Comedies, translated by Deena Berg and Douglass Parker; Hackett Publishing Co.; ISBN 087220362X Additional readings are on Blackboard Grading: 2 midterm exams: 30% each Comprehensive final exam: 40% Grade scale A: 93-100; A-: 90-92.9; B+: 87-89.9; B: 83-86.9; B-: 80-82.9; C+: 77-79.9; C: 73-76.9; C-: 7072.9; D+: 67-69.9; D: 63-66.9; D-: 60-62.9 Missed and late work Quizzes may not be made up. Exams may not be made up except in the case of a religious holiday (see below), or a documented medical or family emergency. Missed work must be made up within two weeks.
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Attendance Please do not think that because this class is large, attendance is not important. It is absolutely imperative that you attend class each day, except in the case of emergencies. Much of each exam will be based on material only covered in class, and no amount of help you can get from the TAs, the web, your colleagues, or the instructor can substitute for attendance in class. Reading Assignments It is vitally important that you read the assigned readings before class. Lectures and discussions will take for granted that you are familiar with the readings assigned for the day. Common courtesy: As you see, our class is a very large one. We must therefore all follow the following rules religiously: 1. Cell phones must be turned off during class. 2. No talking (even in a whisper) during class: it is simply too distracting. 3. No reading of other material (especially newspapers) during class. 4. Class lasts until 1:45: Please remain still in your seats until that time. It is impossible for anyone to learn when 150 people are closing notebooks, shuffling papers, and getting up to leave. 5. Equally distracting are people walking in and out. Get to class on time, and stay until the lecture is completed except in the case of emergencies. 6. Many students find laptop computers useful for taking notes. If you use a laptop in this class, however, it is expected that you are using it only for taking notes. Infringement of these rules may lead to expulsion from class. Please do not take this class if you are unwilling or unable to do the following: 1. Attend class each day, except in the case of medical or family emergency (“I slept late,” “It’s the week before spring break,” “I had a test in another class” are not medical or family emergencies). 2. Remain quiet and attentive throughout class. 3. Read and think about assigned readings before class. 4. Review class notes and readings carefully before exams. Scholastic dishonesty Scholastic dishonesty on any graded assignment will result in a 0 on the assignment. Scholastic dishonesty includes any kind of cheating, including plagiarism. For more information, contact Student Judicial Services at 471-2841, or go to http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/scholdis.php. Academic disabilities The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259, or go to http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/index.php.
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Religious holidays You may make up work missed because of a religious holiday if you bring me documentation of the holiday fourteen days ahead of time. UT Honor Code The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.
Schedule January 19 Introduction to course; The Romans and Us; Sources for Our Knowledge of Rome; Influences on Rome Start Vergil, Aeneid 21 Early Rome: A Brief History of the Romans (hereafter BHR) Chapters 1-2 26 The Early Republic: BHR Chapter 3 28 The Middle Republic: BHR Chapters 4-5 February 2 Plautus, Double Bind (=Menaechmi) 3: Last day to add a course or drop a course for possible refund 4 Terence, Adelphoe (=The Brothers) 9 The Late Republic I: BMR Chapter 6 11 The Late Republic II: BMR Chapter 7 15: Last day to drop without possible academic penalty 16 Exam I 18 The End of the Republic: BMR Chapter 8 23 Selected poems of Catullus (on Blackboard) 25 Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book 3 (on Blackboard) March 2 Cicero, First Oration Against Catiline (on Blackboard) 4 Augustus: BMR Chapter 9 9 Livy, From the Founding of the City, Selections from Books 1-2 (on Blackboard) 11 Selections from Horace’s Odes and Satires (on Blackboard) 15-19: Feriae Vernales
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23 Vergil I: Complete Vergil’s Aeneid by today 25 Vergil II 29: Last day to withdraw or drop a course with approval 30 Exam III April 1 The Julio-Claudians: BMR Chapter 10 6 Perspectives on Nero I: Suetonius, Nero (on Blackboard) 8 Perspectives on Nero II: Tacitus, Annals, selections (on Blackboard) 13 Petronius, Satyricon, pp. 38-84 15 Rome, 69-138 CE: BMR Chapter 11 20 Juvenal, Satires 3 and 10 (on Blackboard) 22 Rome, 138-235 CE: BMR Chapter 12 27 Art and Architecture in Imperial Rome: R.J.A Wilson, “Roman Art and Architecture,” in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World, pp. 361-400 (on Blackboard) 29 Daily Life in Imperial Rome: Roger Ling, “The Arts of Living,” and John Matthews, “Roman Life and Society,” in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World, pp. 3308-337 (on Blackboard) May 4 Rome, 235-476 CE: BMR Chapter 13 6 Pondering Rome’s Fall and Rome’s Legacy: G. Karl Galinsky, Classical and Modern Interactions: Postmodernism, Decline, and Other Issues, pp. 53-73 (on Blackboard) Final Exam: Wednesday, May 12, 2-5 PM