Women in Antiquity


Your grade for the course will be determined from the following:

Quizzes 15%
Online Presentations of a Secondary Source (2)  15%
Representations and Images Essay 15%
Position Paper 25%
Final Exam 30%

We’ll have short, timed online quizzes to help gauge our relationship with the material in the readings most weeks. Quizzes cover the textbook reading plus primary sources. If you did the assigned readings, you should be prepared for the quiz.

Missed quizzes are not made up. If you miss a quiz, you’ll get a zero for that quiz. Therefore, please make sure you are prepared each week and take the quiz.

Online Presentation on a Secondary Source (2)

You’ll sign up for two of the articles we’re reading this semester and present it to the class, one in the first half of the semester and another in the second. This write-up is posted in the discussion area the night before the class meeting for that document, so it can be part of the online discussion on the class meeting day. Details are on the Essays page.

Representations and Images Essay

You’ll write an interpretive essay: a response to your choice of nonwritten artistic depictions of gender concepts in the ancient world, including sculpture, painting, performance, or film, comparing the history that’s come down to us with how it has been represented. Details are on the Essays page.

Position Paper

You’ll write an essay discussing a turning point in Greek history of your choice, examining the source material, causes, and effects of the event or transformation and drawing your own conclusions about its meaning. We’ll talk about what’s expected. Details are on the Essays page.

Proposal. You will submit a proposal for the paper partway through the semester, so I can give you feedback on your plans.

Final Exam

The final will cover themes from the entire course. We’ll discuss the content and structure the week before the final, and a review sheet will be provided. The final exam lasts two hours and will take place on the day designated by the registrar’s office.