Spring 2015
TTh 11-12:30
WAG 201


Classical Civilization 304C (32355)

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From left
          to right: Ben Hur, Troy, Cleopatra, Passion of the Christ, 300
          Spartans, Gladiator

NOTE: The more extensive version of the course page and materials is on Canvas, available only to the students registered in the course. On this website, only this course page and the list of lectures and readings will be updated. The list of images, for instance will not; images will be part of the PPT for each lecture on Canvas.

Instructor: Karl Galinsky

Office Hours: TTh 12:30-1:30, 3:30-4:00 and by appt.
WAG 215  

email: galinsky@austin.utexas.edu


R. Morkot, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (1996)
Homer, The Odyssey, trans. R. Fitzgerald (Farrar/Straus 1998)
A. Kamm and A. Graham,The Romans, 3rd ed. (Routledge 2015); companion website
W.  Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (Folger Library ed., 2005)

There'll be two course packets, one on the Greek portion of the course, and the other on the Roman; available from Abel’s Copies (University Towers, 715D W. 23rd Street) .



EXAMS: Four exams.  Three will count for 25% each towards your course grade; the one with the lowest score will count for 15%.   Optional additional work (such as a paper) will NOT be accepted; take the exams seriously and study for them. If you take the course CR/F, you must take all four exams and make a credible effort at passing each one. Each exam will be on the materials covered since the previous exam.


Format: 50% multiple choice questions (25 questions for 2 points each) and 50% essays (choose one of two topics), or 100% essays (write on both essays).
Review Sessions: We’ll have review sessions before each exam.  I will try to accommodate most of the reviews within the class periods, but some may take place outside of class and will, of course, be optional.

MOVIES: Can be accessed through Netflix, iMovies, amazon, etc.

MAKE-UP TESTS: Only in case of a demonstrated medical reason (physician's statement required). If grandfather dies, I'll need to see a copy of the obituary, listing you as one of the bereaved.

INTERACTIVITY: I'm very accessible, but long e-mails are out, incl. on Facebook :). If you have detailed questions, see me during office hours. My office is right down the hall (WAG 215).

POLICY ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: I won't tolerate it. It's grossly unfair to the other students. Don't mess with me or Texas.See http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acint_student.php and

Students with disabilities: UT Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact SSD at 471-6259, or go to http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd. Note: students must present a UT "accommodation letter" authorizing specific accommodations. 

Religious holidays: If you need to miss a class or other required class activity for the observance of a religious holiday, you must notify me at least 14 days in advance so we can make alternative arrangements for your absence. Note: the University's Religious Days Policy is online: http://www.utexas.edu/provost/policies/religious_holidays.


(1) Take good notes. That does not mean a verbatim transcript. In the lectures, I rephrase major points more than once, so you have adequate time to write them down. Also, I stop at various points during the lecture to take questions, so feel free to ask. As for general study techniques, taking notes, summarizing readings, etc.the Learning Skills Center in Jester has an array of workshops and pamphlets, and they are free. Highly recommended, as is the Writing Center in FAC. In addition, I'm available in person during office hours, and by e-mail. I will not, however, offer a correspondence course. If you have detailed questions, see me during office hours.  Also, don't just watch the films, but take notes on them, both informational and for questions to bring up in class.

Feel free to bring your laptops and iPads to class. Use the lecture outline to type in your own notes under each heading.

(2) Do the readings BEFORE the class in which they will be discussed and bring the texts to class. I will always alert you to this in advance. Mark up and highlight major points, facts, and examples in your readings. That's why I prefer print format to display on a hand-held device. Likewise, budget time to watch the movies BEFORE the scheduled discussion time.

(3) Budget at least one hour a week to go over your lecture and film notes and your annotated/highlighted readings. Summarize them, synthesize them, and organize them. Memorize the major names, dates, facts, and connections. This will make your reviewing for the exams a lot easier as you can't intelligently digest a month's material a day or so before the exam.

(4) Form a study group. You still have to do most of the work on your own, but it helps to have the input from more than one person especially in reviewing before a test.

(5) Take the first exam seriously. Do not try to see whether I mean business. I do.

(6) When you see me with any concerns about your performance, be sure to bring in your lecture and film notes, your highlighted/annotated texts, and your summaries (along with your tests). That will enable me to give you concrete and specific advice.

(7) From the night before the lecture, the lecture outline will usually be available from the course web page (please bookmark it) and on Canvas. The same goes for the syllabus. Before downloading from the website, please check the date in the lower left corner so you get the updated 2015 version instead of an older one. Canvas posts will always be up to date.

(8) Participate. Contribute to the class and discussion in an informed way.


Required UT Notices:


"The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community." Each student in this course is expected to abide by the University of Texas Honor Code.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: UT Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact SSD at 471-6259, or go to http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/ 
Note: students must present a UT "accommodation letter" authorizing specific accommodations. 

I follow stated UT policies: http://www.utexas.edu/provost/policies/religious_holidays/

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All students should become familiar with the University's official e-mail student notification policy. It is the student's responsibility to keep the University informed as to changes in his or her e-mail address. Studentsare expected to check e-mail on a frequent and regular basis in order to stay current with University-related communications, recognizing that certain communications may be time-critical. It is recommended that e-mail be checked daily, but at a minimum, twice per week. The complete text of this policy and instructions for updating your e-mail address are available at http://www.utexas.edu/its/help/utmail/1564 .

The State of Texas has enacted a law that limits the number of course drops for academic reasons to six (6). As stated in Senate Bill 1231:
“Beginning with the fall 2007 academic term, an institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student a total of more than six dropped courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education, unless the student shows good cause for dropping more than that number.”

Occupants of buildings on the UT Austin campus are required to evacuate and assemble outside when a fire alarm is activated or an announcement is made. Please be aware of the following policies regarding evacuation:
* Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of the classroom and the building. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when you entered the building.
* If you require assistance to evacuate, inform me in writing during the first week of class.
* In the event of an evacuation, follow my instructions or those of class instructors.
Do not re-enter a building unless you’re given instructions by the Austin Fire Department, the UT Austin Police Department, or the Fire Prevention Services office.

Modified on 01/14/2015