HIST 324
Empires of Greece and Rome: 500 B.C.-A.D. 500

Tentative Syllabus
Spring 2012

Prof. Pavlac
U.S. Mail Address:
History Department
King's College
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

e-mail: bapavlacATkings.edu
Tel: (570) 208-5900, ext. # 5748
Fax: (570) 208-5988 
Office: Hafey-Marian 307
Office Hours: MWF 10-11:30, TT 2-3
and by appointment


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I. Description

War, slaughter, order, peace.  This course will examine empire building, empire-maintaining and empire-collapsing in the cultures of Classical Greece and Rome.  The rise of empire will cover the Delian League, the Macedonia success of Alexander the Great, Rome's expansion through the Punic Wars, and so many more.  The maintenance of empire will review issues of commerce, justice, citizenship, taxation, and cultural conflict.  The fall of empires will include the the Peloponnesian Wars, and the crises and collapse of the Western half of the Roman Empire.  Readings will be drawn from the historians and humanists of antiquity.


II. Purpose

This is a History Major, European Sequence course.

Objectives for the student:

  1. To identify the major events, persons and ideas of the history of classical antiquity.
  2. To develop concepts and methods which give an understanding of what influenced the attitudes and behavior of major participants in political situations.
  3. To read primary and secondary sources and explain their significance to relevant historical problems.
  4. To practice critical and analytical skills on historical controversies.
  5. To identify and analyze significant problems and situations as they relate to the current issues and the investigation of history.

Goals for the student:

  1. To develop a wider perspective which recognizes the political, economic and cultural interdependence of differing societies and people, and which encourages a more inclusive view of the human experience.
  2. To heighten awareness of the specific contributions and perspectives of diverse members of society.
  3. To appreciate the social, economic, cultural and political developments of the Ancient West to our present culture and Modern World History.
  4. To understand the influence of the past on contemporary events and problems, or, in other words, to develop "Historical Mindedness."

General Learning Outcomes for the student:

In addition to the more content related objectives described above, this course has some general liberal learning goals. Successful completion of this course is expected to help improve your ability

  1. To manage information, which involves sorting data, ranking data for significance, synthesizing facts, concepts and principles.
  2. To understand and use organizing principles or key concepts against which miscellaneous data can be evaluated.
  3. To differentiate between facts, opinions and inferences.
  4. To frame questions in order to more clearly clarify a problem, topic or issue.
  5. To compare and contrast the relative merits of opposing arguments and interpretations, moving between the main points of each position.
  6. To organize your thoughts and communicate them clearly and concisely in a written form and oral presentations.
  7. To obtain practice in selecting and presenting information and arguments within a restricted environment, especially the limitations of time in exams.

III. General Requirements

11. Readings:

The required readings are intended both to provide you with important factual and background information before class and to be used as review and reference works afterwards. Before class, you will read the chapters or pages assigned according to ypur paper syllabus's class schedule.   Not all topics in the books will be covered in class, but you are responsible for them on the exam and in class discussion. Each class the instructor may select at random one student to present the day's reading and show how it integrates with the other material (Each strong>presentation worth 10 points).

Especially in your readings book, Bailkey and Lim, you must make notes in the margins or a notebook, underline key statements, highlight important passages, and/or annotate essential details in order to be better prepared for classroom discussion. Several times the instructor will also check your books for that class�s text readings and evaluate the quality of your note taking or highlighting (10 points each time).

If necessary, the instructor may give quizzes to test your reading and comprehension of the texts, or evaluate your copy of the Bailkey and Lim text for a quiz grade on your preparation.


2. Class Participation & Attendance:

Participation and attendance are necessary because lecture and discussion provide the essentials for achieving class goals and objectives. Thus a portion of your grade (about 20%) will depend on your in-class performance. You are required to attend each class, arrive on time, remain attentive, respond to questions, ask questions and participate in any in-class projects.

Especially in your readings book, you must make notes in the margins or a notebook, underline key statements, highlight important passages, and/or annotate essential details in order to be better prepared for classroom discussion.

Lectures may be recorded with the instructor's permission, although the tapes must be erased after the exams.

The instructor will regularly take attendance. Absences due to college activities, emergency or extended illness may be excused by the appropriate director or dean. Other absences are unexcused and will lower the class participation portion of your grade. After any absence, you are responsible for making up missed work, requesting hand-outs and already returned assignments, or borrowing notes from other students. Whether absences are excused or not, you cannot get a higher grade than the percentage of classes attended.

All students who have a learning disability, physical handicap and/or any other possible impediment to class participation and requirements should schedule an appointment with the instructor during the first week of class to discuss available accommodations.

If you miss an exam, contact the instructor as soon as possible. You may take a missed exam only at the discretion of the instructor. The makeup exam may be in the form of an oral exam.

If at some point during the semester you must discontinue the course, due to poor performance, illness or some other cause, be sure to follow proper procedures for withdrawal.


3. Other Requirements

You will take one mid-term exam on the assigned date in the class schedule, section VII, and a final exam as assigned during finals week. Exams are described in more detail below, section V.

You will have several in-class discussion/projects, intermittently through the semester. You also may be evaluated by short quizzes or written reports done in-class or after class, either individually or in groups, worth between 10 and 20 points each.

Always you are required read before class the appropriate material (as listed on the class schedule, section VII, or otherwise assigned by the instructor) and be prepared to discuss and/or write about it with the instructor or in small groups. Each class the instructor may select at random one student to present the day's reading and show how it integrates with the other material (Each presentation worth 10 points).

Several times the instructor will also check your books for that class�s text readings and evaluate the quality of your note taking or highlighting (10 points each time).

Short quizzes or written reports may also be required to evaluate the comprehension of video presentations. Students with unexcused absences will receive no credit for the videos/project/discussion. Students with excused absences may prepare a short report, after consultation with the instructor.

You will have two reflection papers of four-to-six pages each. These assignments are described below, section VII.


IV. Grades:

You earn your grade through work done for this course.

For more information see grading policy.

For your protection, in case of errors in recording, you should keep copies of all exams and assignments until you have received notice of your grade.


V. Exams:

A. General Description:

You will take one mid-term exam on the assigned date in the class schedule, and a final exam as assigned during finals week. Here are sample questions for the final exam.

Both exams will consist of short identifications quizzing knowledge of detail and significance, and essays testing your understanding of the course material through logical presentation of facts and explanation of historical trends.

To study for the exams you should regularly, at least once a week, review your class notes, especially for identifications drawn from the overhead outline. You should also compare and contrast these notes with your textbook and other readings.

Only paper from the instructor is to be used. Please write legibly, in ink. Also note the academic honesty policy.


4. In-class Projects:

You will have several in-class discussion/projects, intermittently through the semester. As always, you are required to have read before class the appropriate material (as listed on the class schedule, or otherwise assigned by the instructors) and be prepared to discuss and/or write about it with the instructors or in small groups. Students with unexcused absences will receive no credit for the videos/project/discussion.
Students with excused absences may prepare a short report, after consultation with the instructors.

You may be evaluated by short quizzes or written reports done in-class or after class, either individually or in groups, worth between 10 and 20 points each.

VI. Reflection Paper:

See instructions in your paper syllabus.

C. Plagiarism:

Plagiarism on written assignments is a serious breach of expected academic honesty. For more information see, click here.

E. Presentation:

Both for practice in following guidelines and to facilitate consistency in grading, papers should be uniform in appearance. Every assignment you turn in should have a cover page with your name, but your name should not appear on subsequent pages. For more information, especially about quotations and citations see click here.

F. Assessment:

The instructor will grade your written assignments based on his evaluation of how well you follow the instructions as to content and presentation.

For more information on the grading of your papers see Assessment.


VII. Class Schedule:

All topics and assignments on the schedule are tentative; the instructor may change them at his discretion.

For the Website of the Day, explain who is responsible for the site, what are its key features, and what (at least two or three items) is most interesting and relevant for the class.  

date topic readings other assignments:  Website of the Day in bold
  Orientation   For the Greeks in general read from: HellasNet;  Also of value, Archeaonia.  For the Romans in general read from:  A Illustrated History of the Roman Empire. Also of value LacusCurtius Into the Roman World....
For sources see The Perseus ProjectInternet Ancient History SourcebookInternet Classics Archivevarious laws at Avalon Projecta few classics at electronic text center....
  Greek Origins   Ancient Greece Museum
  The Polis   Ancient City of Athens;  See also  See also The Greeks Crucible of Civilization
  The Persian War   Dr. J's Illustrated Persian Wars;  See also  Herodutus Website; Aeshylus' The Persians;   Paper Topic Due
  The Golden Age of Greece   Aspasia (follow the buttons at the bottom to the end of the sequence);  See also Aspasia of Athens; The Democratic Experiment; Greek Art and Architecture
  Peloponnesian Wars I   Theatres of War
  Peloponnesian Wars II   Military Lessons of War;  See also Museum of the Goddess Athena
  Post Peloponnesian   Peloponnesian War
  Alexander   Attalus
  Hellenistic Kingdoms   Livius;  See also Seven Wonders
  Greece under the Romans   House of PtolemyMIDTERM EXAM
  Roman Origins   Forumromanum; See also Timeless Myths of Rome
  Unification of Italy   Romanarmy.com;  See also How Democratic was the Roman Republic?
  Punic Wars    Hannibal Barca;  See also The battle of Trasimeno
  Civil Wars I   UNRV HistoryEarly Imperial Army Illustrated
  Civil Wars II    The Real Spartacus
  Julius C�sar   Romans in Britain
  Augustus & the Principate   Princeps; See also Virgil
  The early Emperors   The Roman Empire in the First Century; See also AERIA; De Imperatoris Romanis
  The "Good" Emperors   Roman Numismatic Gallery;  Paper Due
  Imperial crises   Interactive Map of the Roman Empire;
  The Christian Conversion    The Jewish Roman World of Jesus; See also Flavius Josephus Home Page
  The Beginning of the End of Antiquity   Virtual Rome
  The End of Antiquity   Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire;  See also Some (Sometimes Silly) Explanations for the Fall of RomeByzantine Studies Guide
  Review   FINAL EXAM

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