Classics 330/HSTAM 330: The Age of Augustus
Autumn Quarter 2020 -- MTWThF 8:30-9:20 AM -- TAUGHT REMOTELY
5 credits ** satisfies VLPA/I&S ** Optional W class (see below)
IMPORTANT NOTICE (7/1/2020): In accordance with guidelines from University administration, this class will be taught remotely (that is, no in person class meetings). I will record and post the lectures to Canvas -- there will be no live class meetings; tests and papers will be administered entirely via Canvas as well. Office hours will be by Zoom. I'll post further details about the class and how things will work prior to the start of Autumn Quarter.
Professor A. M. Gowing
Office: Denny M262C
Phone: 543-2266 (Dept. of Classics)
Description: This course will examine all aspects of the Age of Augustus (31 BC - AD 14), a period of profound political and cultural change that permanently altered the course of Roman history. The history, politics, literature, art, architecture, and religion of the period will all come under scrutiny as we investigate the various ways in which Rome's first emperor sought to repair and redirect a society fragmented by years of civil war -- and the various ways in which the citizens of Rome reacted to the Augustan reforms. The readings will be drawn largely from primary texts, including Augustus' own account of his rule (the Res Gestae); selections from the works of Vergil, Ovid, Horace, and other Augustan writers; Suetonius' Life of Augustus; and numerous inscriptions illustrating various aspects of life in Rome as well as in the provinces.
Course goals: At the conclusion of this class students will have:
- learned to think critically and knowledgeably about an important period in Roman history specifically and western civilization generally
- acquired the skill to evaluate and analyze a wide variety of historical evidence relevant to the period, from inscriptions to coins to literary texts and material remains
- imaginatively re-created in writing a piece of 'lost' historical evidence
- learned to think critically about and acquired an appreciation for the impressive literary and artistic legacy of the Augustan period.
- Coursepack with readings from K. Chisholm and J. Ferguson, edd. Rome. The Augustan Age. Oxford 1981. This will be available at Univ. Bookstore with other texts.
- A.H.M. Jones. Augustus. New York and London 1970.
- P. Zanker. The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus. Alan Shapiro, trans. Michigan 1988.
- A. Wallace-Hadrill. Augustan Rome. Bristol Classical Press 2018 (2nd edition).
Requirements: 1) Regular class attendance is strongly urged (5%)
2) Midterm (25%) and Final Examination (30%) Both exams will consist of short answer and brief essay questions. While the final exam will focus principally on material covered in the second half of the course, familiarity with the issues covered in the first half will be assumed.
3) Two 3-5 page papers (40%, 20% each). Information including instructions, grading criteria, and suggested topics for each paper will be posted to Canvas early in the quarter. The principal aim of each paper is to have you compose something (for example, a letter, fragment of a history, etc.) addressing a particular topic from the perspective of a person living in the Augustan period. Unless previously cleared with me, late papers will be penalized.
Thursday Conference: Unless you are otherwise notified, there will be no class meeting on Thursdays, but I will be available in my office during our regular class period (8:30-9:20 AM) for individual conferences.
Optional W-Course: You may elect to take this as a W-Course. This will entail EITHER writing an additional paper along the lines of the required two (this 3rd paper will be due on or before the day of the final exam) OR if you prefer, you may elect -- in lieu of 3 shorter papers -- to write a 12-15 page research paper on a topic of your choice and approved by me (you should let me know of your wish to do this by Friday, October 23). A draft of this will be due in Week 8; the final draft is due at the next-to-last class meeting.
Important UW policy-related things to know:
- The UW's Religious Accommodations Policy: “Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy (Links to an external site.). Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (Links to an external site.).”
- The UW's Student Conduct Code: "The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at https://www.washington.edu/studentconduct/." (Links to an external site.)
Access and Accommodation: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.
If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or firstname.lastname@example.org or disability.uw.edu. (Links to an external site.)DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.
Academic Integrity: University of Washington students are expected to practice high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity as outlined here: http://depts.washington.edu/grading/pdf/AcademicResponsibility.pdf (Links to an external site.)
Schedule of readings and lectures:
A full syllabus with the schedule of lectures, readings, etc. will be posted shortly to the beginning of Autumn Quarter.
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