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CLASSICS 1M03 History Of Greece & Rome

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2017

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Graeme Ward

Email: wardga@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 702

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24372


Office Hours: TTh 2:30-4:30 or by appointment

Course Objectives:

This course is a survey of the history of ancient Greece and Rome, covering the emergence of Greek society during the Bronze Age (c.1500 BCE) to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west (476 CE). It broadly examines military and political events as well as the growth of culture and society. We will examine some of the different kinds of evidence (literary, archaeological, epigraphic) from which we reconstruct history, and consider problems and possibilities in interpreting such evidence.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required: C. Eilers, Readings in Ancient History (available at Campus Store)

Required: R.W. Winks and S.P. Mattern-Parkes, The Ancient Mediterranean World (Oxford, 2004) (Usually sold with Classics: A Very Short Introduction, which is not used in the course, but comes free with the textbook; available at Campus Store)

Method of Assessment:

The instructor will give two lectures a week (Tuesday and Thursday).  Included in the time given for lectures is approximately one hour of discussion about the readings in Eilers. It is absolutely necessary that you complete all designated reading before each lecture. Due dates for all assignments or tests may be found in the course schedule below.


2 Passages for Comment                     20%

Mapping Assignment                            10%

10 Reading Quizzes                             20%

Final exam                                            50%


Assignments: Instructions for the Passage for Comment Exercises and Mapping Assignment will be posted on Avenue and discussed later in class. Assignments will receive a letter grade based on the grading system outlined in the current Undergraduate Calendar. Late assignments will be penalized by a deduction of one-third of a letter grade per day that it is late. (e.g., B becomes a B- if one day late, a C+ if two days late, etc.)


Quizzes: To assess your knowledge of readings, you are required to take an online quiz (via Avenue), consisting of questions about the courseware readings. Each quiz will become available on Avenue twenty-five hours before the given lecture, and you will be able to complete the quiz up to one hour before the time of lecture but not thereafter. A significant element of the final exam, moreover, will be devoted to material from these readings.


Exams: The final exam, which is scheduled for the last class of the term (15 June) will be based on the material covered throughout the course (i.e., cumulative).

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:


If a student misses any quizzes, it is his or her responsibility to contact the instructor either beforehand or within five days of the absence. Reasons for absence include serious illness or personal distress. Students must contact the instructor as well as provide appropriate documentation (i.e., an MSAF form) to secure relief. The weight of missed quizzes will be transferred to the next appropriate quiz. For assignments, extensions will be negotiated with the instructor, but considering the condensed nature of the Spring/Summer term, typically the extention will be for no longer than one week.

Late assignments will be penalized by a deduction of one-third of a letter grade per day that it is late. (e.g., B becomes a B- if one day late, a C+ if two days late, etc.)

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Topics and Readings will be listed on the syllabus and discussed in class.

Other Course Information:

All emails to your instructor must be formal and detailed. Students are to include the name of the addressee (i.e., the instructor), their own name and student number, and a detailed explanation of their question or concern in every message. Emails that do not meet this standard will not be answered.