The goal of this course is to introduce students to the skills of the ancient historian. Ancient historians spend a great deal of effort interpreting, challenging and engaging the works of ancient authors and material culture. The interpretive skills used in this course will help students in a wide variety of fields that require critical engagement and written analysis.
Participation is 20% of the total grade and includes active participation in discussion of the readings, which will occur each day since this is a Summer I course. Student should come prepared having read the material and considered the topic. Discussion of readings will be on the primary sources provided on D2L.
This course will have three history labs which will be another 20% of your grade. These labs will provide hands on experience with certain topic of the ancient world, so come with an active imagination. The three labs will cover different aspects of Roman culture, and ask you the student to engage in short historical re-enactments. Two of these will take place outside of class as small group assignments. The Triumph Lab will involve the participation of the entire class as one large group during the normal course lecture time. Each lab will be accompanied by a short written assignment, in which you will respond to the primary evidence provided with the lab prompt, and respond to your experience of the reenactment.
A smaller 10% of your grade will consist of three quizzes. The first quiz will be a geography quiz in the first week and the other two quizzes will be given randomly throughout the semester.
Finally, the core of the grades for this course will be in a midterm and a final exam. These exams will test your use and analysis of the primary sources as well as some basic knowledge of the topic. You will learn the methods needed to engage the primary sources as the semester progresses. The midterm will only test the abilities you learned up to that point and the final will examine how well you use all the skills learned in the class. You will not be tested on anything outside of what we learn in class.