Like the stones of the parthenon and the colosseum, much of western civilization has been built on the foundation of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. In this course we will explore these foundations through the history of these two great cultures with an emphasis on modern implications. The class will largely consist of in-class lectures and discussions with reading to be done outside of class and short writing assignments.
Syllabus and Class Description
This class will primarily study the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. From a past perspective we will explore the values, history and prominence of these societies while from a modern perspective we will explore their legacy and what they can teach us about our own times. Along the way we will be asking big questions concerning life, existence, and society.
Students should come each day prepared to take notes.
All additional materials and reading will be provided in class.
Class Notes and Participation: Students are required to take notes that will be periodically checked for a grade. Further, students are required to consistently participate in class discussions.
Reading: Various readings may be assigned. All readings will be provided in class.
Essays: There will be periodic essays given each session (at least one but no more than four). These will be based on class lectures or outside readings (provided). Each essay will be anywhere from 500-1,000 words.
Additional Assignments: Additional assignments may be assigned throughout the session as time allows.