Fall 2015
TTH 12:30-2
JGB 2.324

SI (Supplemental Instruction) Sections:
M 2-3 WEL 3.260
T 5-6 PAR 206

Instructor: Karl Galinsky
Office Hrs.: TTh 11-12 and 2:30-3 in WAG 215


(Ms.) Elijah Fleming
Hrs.: M 10-11 and W 11-12 in WAG 121

Will Shrout
Office Hrs.: F 12-2 in WAG 14C


Antony Kamm, The Romans (Routledge pb), 3rd ed. 2015), with accompanying web site.
Vergil, The Aeneid, transl. by Robert Fitzgerald (Vintage Classics pb)
Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, transl. by Robert Graves (Penguin Classics pb)
Gore Vidal, Julian (Vintage repr. ed. 2003)

COURSE PACKET FOR CC 302, available at Jenn's Copy and Binding, 2200 Guadalupe (downstairs) 512-473-8669.
Contains other source materials, incl. selections from Plutarch, Livy, Terence, and the New Testament.

Additional assignments will be posted as pdf in Canvas.

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 home page and the list of lectures (incl. outlines) 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.



Please do the readings BEFORE each class!


Aug. 27:

1. Intro: how and what we know about the Romans
Reading: Kamm 1-13; you can do this one after the first class meeting

Images for Lecture 1


Sept. 1:

2. The Etruscans (and Rome)

Plutarch, selections from Life of Romulus (in Course Packet); T.P. Wiseman, "History and Myth" (in CP)

Images for Lecture 2

Sept. 3:


3. Early Rome: myth, history, and archaeology
Please bring Course Packet to class

Reading: Kamm 14-29, 145-148; Selections from Livy (in CP)



Images for Lecture 3


Sept. 8:

4. Roman Myths and the Roman National Character
Please bring Course Packet to class

Reading: Plutarch, Life of Cato (in CP)

Images for Lecture 4

Sept. 10:

5. Rome, Italy and Carthage
Please bring Course Packet to class

Reading: Kamm 29-50


Images for Lecture 5


Sept. 15:

QUIZ #1 (please bring #2 pencils)

6. Roman religion, old and new
Reading: Kamm 121-137

Images for Lecture 6

Sept.. 17:

7.The mix of Greek and Roman: the Roman theater
Please bring Course Packet to class

Terence, Brothers (in CP)

Images for Lecture 7

Sept. 22:

8. The Roman constitution (and its influence on the U.S. Constitution)

Reading: Kamm 23-29, 244; "Political Campaigning" (pdf in Canvas)

REVIEW and Exam prep (tba)

Sept. 24:

Please bring a #2 pencil and bluebook for the exam.


Sept. 29:

9. Bye-bye Republic: From the Gracchi to Caesar

Reading: Kamm 50-54, 59-74; Suetonius, Julius Caesar

Oct. 1:

10. Julius Caesar - the man and the legend

Reading: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (via Canvas pdf)


Images for Lecture 10


Oct. 6:

11. Caesar cont'd: from Cleopatra to Caesar's Palace
Please bring SUETONIUS to class

Images for Lecture 11


12. Caesar's heir; Augustan architecture

: Kamm 74-80, 177-196; Suetonius, Augustus

Images for Lecture 12


Oct. 13:

13. Augustus and his revolution

Please bring Aeneid Texts to class

Summary of Aeneid

Oct. 15:

14. Vergil's Aeneid.
Please bring Aeneid Texts to class

Reading: Vergil's Aeneid, all except for Books 3 and 5, but read pp. 76-83 (part of Book 3)

Images for Lecture 14


Oct. 20:

15. Aeneid cont'd.

Please bring Aeneid Texts to class

Oct. 22:


 16. Roman women: social status and issues

Reading: Kamm 153-176; "Roman Wives" (Canvas pdf)

Images for Lectures 15/16



Oct. 27:

Lecture 17: Tiberius to Nero
Bring Suetonius texts to class


: Kamm 80-89; Suetonius, Nero

Images for Lecture 17

Oct. 29:


Nov. 3:

18. Emperors good and bad; early Christianity in its Roman context

Reading: Kamm 89-106, 137-144; Selections from New Testament (in CP)

Images for Lecture 18

Nov. 5:

19. Christianity and the Greco-Roman tradition
Please bring Course Packet to class

Reading: "Religion and Society in the Roman World" (in CP

Images for Lecture 19


Nov. 10:

20. Rome as a multi-cultural world.
Please bring Course Packet to class.

Reading: Juvenal, Satire 3 (in CP); "Tolerance in Rome's High Empire"(in CP)

Lecture 20 Images

Nov. 12:

21: Mithras and Isis; from Principate to Dominate.

Reading: "The Seduction of Paulina"(Canvas pdf); Kamm 106-120; Vidal, Julian 1-125

Lecture 21 Images


Nov. 17:

22. On to Constantine and Julian

Reading: Vidal, Julian158-170

Lecture 22 Images

Nov. 19:

23.Julian and his times

Reading: Vidal, Julian, 304-399

Lecture 23 Images


Nov. 24:

24. Decline and fall (?); the abuse of parallels

Lecture 24 Images

Reading: Vidal, Julian 399 to end; re-read Kamm 172-176

Final Week

Dec. 1:

25. Are we Rome? The entertainment nation
Course evaluation (bring # 2 pencil)

Reading: "Circus and Arena Events" (in CP); Kamm 232-242

Review and exam prep: tba

Lecture 25 Images

Dec. 3:
EXAM #3.
  Buen Exito!


2 quizzes, 10% each: 20%
2 exams, 30% each: 60%
1 exam (exam with lowest score): 20%

The quizzes and exams will be on the materials covered since the previous quiz/exam. Additional work for extra credit (such as a paper) will NOT be accepted; take the exams, incl. the first, seriously and study for them. Do not ask for special treatment - it is completely unfair to the other students.

Pass/Fail takers: you may miss one quiz, but you have to take all 3 exams and make a credible effort at passing each of them. Cutoff is 60.

Quizzes: 25 multiple choice questions
Exams: 20 multiple choice questions for 40%, essay (choice of one out of two topics) for 60%.
Or: skip the MC and write on BOTH essays, but be sure to allocate your time 50/50.

Plus/minus grading: see Here is how it works in this class: 90-92 = A-; 93-100 = A. 80-82 = B-;83-86 = B; 87-89 = B+. Same for C and D.

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.

POLICY ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: I won't tolerate it. It's grossly unfair to the other students and I'll pursue it to the max. Don't mess with me or Texas. See

INTERACTIVITY: I am readily accessible and always glad to help you to do well in the course, but long emails are out, incl. on Facebook :). If you have detailed questions, please see me during office hrs. Same goes for the TAs.

Students with disabilities: UT Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qialified students with disabilities. For more information, contact SSD at 512-471-6259 or click here. Note: students must present at UT "accommodation letter" authorizing specific accommodations.

Religious holidays: If you need to miss a class or required class activity for the observance of the 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.



(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 and the new Learning Commons in PCL. In addition, I'm available in person during office hours, and by e-mail (short inquiries only; no recaps of entire lectures, etc.). So are the TAs; between the 3 of us, we'll have office hrs. every day of the week. (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. Highlight major points, facts, and examples in your readings. (3) Budget at least one hour a week to go over your lecture notes and your annotated/highlighted readings. Summarize them and organize them. Memorize the major names, dates, facts, issues, and connections. This will make your reviewing for the exams a lot easier-you can't cram in 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 or the TAs with any concerns about your performance, be sure to bring in your lecture notes, your highlighted/annotated texts, and your summaries (along with your tests). That will enable us to give you concrete and specific advice. (7) From the evening of the day before the lecture, the updated outline will be available from the course web page, listed at the top. I am updating the old outlines one by one, so please look at the date of the outline before you download (and reformat as docx for typing in your notes). The PPT's for each lecture will be uploaded on Canvas before noon of the day of the lecture.

Other University notices:

This course may be used to fulfill the visual and performing arts component of the university core curriculum and addresses core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, such as communication skills and critical thinking skills :)

 UT Honor Code: "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.”  The Student Honor Code reads, "As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity."

Behavioral concerns:  

If you are worried about the way someone is acting, you may use the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) to discuss your concerns by phone. This service is provided through a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Call 512-232-5050 or visit

Emergency Preparedness:

We'll go over this on the first day of classes; there are two relevant pdfs in the Canvas Files for the course that you need to look at. Here is the beginning of the memo from the Campus Safety Officer:
Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Plan Instructions
Every member of the university community must take appropriate and deliberate action when an emergency strikes a building, a portion of the campus, or entire campus community. Emergency preparedness means we are all ready to act for our own safety and the safety of others during a crisis. It takes an effort by all of us to create and sustain an effective emergency preparedness system. Your support is important to achieving the best possible outcomes during a crisis event. As University faculty and teaching staff, you are responsible for pointing out your classrooms' building emergency evacuation routes and for reviewing emergency procedures with students at the beginning of each semester.

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