History of Rome Syllabus

History of Rome (spring 2013; 11am – 12.45pm TF; McDermott 204)

A survey of Roman history from the founding of the city in the eighth century BCE  to the collapse of the Western Empire in the fifth century AD.

Kristina Chew, Ph.D. ~ Associate Professor of Classics ~ Dept. of Modern & Classical  Languages & Literatures ~ Hillsdorf Hall (51 Glenwood Avenue), Room 203 ~ Saint Peter’s University ~ Tel. 201.761.6295 ~ Email. kchew@saintpeters.edu ~ Website: https://pavovox.wordpress.comOffice Hours: Monday, Wednesday: 110am – 2pm


January 18 – 29. Romani Reges: The Roman Kings.

February. 1 – 26.  Res Publica: The Rise of the Roman Republic: Conquest and Unification of Peninsular Italy — Expansion Overseas: The First Punic War — The Second Punic War — The Third Punic War — Rome and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the East.

March. 1- 8; 19-26. The Late Roman Republic: The Social Wars — The Gracchi and the Struggle Over Land Reform  — Pompey and Caesar — The End of the Roman Republic.

***11-15. SPRING BREAK           29. Good Friday / NO CLASS.***

April. 2 – 30. Imperium. The Roman Empire: The Principate of Augustus — Julio-Claudian Emperors (Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, Nero)– Flavian Emperors: Vespasian, Titus and Domitian — The “Good” Emperors: Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius — Diocletian and Constantine the Great — The Fall of the Roman Empire.

May. 3. Friday.  LAST DAY OF CLASS. Review~   7. Tuesday. Reading Day ~  8 – 14. FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD.

Course Goals. By the end of the semester, the student will have accomplished the following:

• The student will have acquired a solid knowledge of the chronology and events of Rome history. • The student will be able to discuss a number of key events in ancient Roman history.  • The student will be able to analyze different historical sources (textual, archaeological, from art history).

Textbooks (REQUIRED).

Livy, The History of Rome, books 1-5, trans. Valerie M. Warrior

Tacitus, Annals, trans. AJ Woodman

Additional readings (texts by Roman authors; secondary sources) will be available online.

What You Are Expected to Do Every Day.

The student is expected to check the professor’s webpage https://pavovox.wordpress.com for assignments and information, as well as the dates and subject matter of papers and any quizzes/tests. technologies that will be used are films (videos & DVD’s) and computer presentations.

Grading. Class Participation & Homework 25% ~ Mid-term 20% ~ Final exam 20% ~ Papers 25% ~ Oral Presentation 10%

Calculation of Grades. Grading will be based on the following scale of correspondences: 100-97 A |  4.0 96-94  |  A- 3.793-91 |    B+ 3.3 90-87  |      B 3.0 86-83 |   B- 2.782-80 |    C+ 2.3 79-70   |  C 2.069-67 |  D+ 1.5 6-63  |     D 1.0 62-0 |  F 0.0

Quizzes. At the instructor’s discretion, there may be short quizzes about material discussed in class lectures and the reading.

Mid-term, Final Exam. The midterm will include identifications of passages from the readings. ~ The final exam will involve essay questions.

Essays/Short Writing Assignments. These will range from 5- 8 pages on topics and will require the quotation/analysis of passages from the primary text readings and also secondary sources.

Oral Presentations. Students are to give one presentation on a topic from Roman history determined in advance with the instructor. Presentations will be 10 minutes long and must include references to, and discussion of, passages from the primary text readings. Use of PowerPoint or presentation software is optional.

Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities. The instructor is very glad to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities, to assist them in the classroom and in all assigned work. Such accommodations can include, but are not limited to: being given more time to complete quizzes, tests and exams; being able to use an electronic device during class to take notes; recording lectures; meeting individually with the instructor. Please notify the instructor regarding any such accommodations via email or other communication.

Plagiarism Policy. Plagiarism is the stealing, purchasing, or copying of someone else’s ideas, writing, or other original work and using them as one’s own.  Plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, is considered academic dishonesty and all instances will be reported to the Office of the Academic Dean. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind are not tolerated under any circumstances. For more information, please see https://www.spc.edu/pages/1310.asp.

Attendance Policy.

Students are permitted no more than four absences after which they are in danger of failing the course. After missing two consecutive classes, you must contact the professor by email or phone to provide an explanation of your absence and a plan for making up all missed work. After three absences, an Early Warning form will be sent to the Academic Dean, who will ask you to meet with her in person to discuss the reasons for your absences and your commitment to the class. Lateness to class (more than two times) will count as an absence.

• If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and to check the professor’s website to find out the assignment for the next class meeting. • Always bring the following to class: our textbook, a notebook, and a pen or other writing implement. • Students will help to make this Latin class a community by being courteous and committed members of the class, speaking frequently and thoughtfully in class discussions, and collaborating in occasional group work with one or two other students.

Classroom Conduct. • The use of cell phones, beepers, or other communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Except in emergencies, these devices should not be used during classtime.• If you have a laptop computer, netbook, tablet, etc. you are required to turn it off and keep it closed during class, unless you have consulted in advance with the professor about using it. You are not permitted to check email or IM, visit websites, or send text messages during classtime. Failure to comply with this policy will significantly lower your class participation grade and, ultimately, your overall grade in the course.


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