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CLASSICS 2C03 RomanArt

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Martin Beckmann


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 714

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23381

Office Hours: Thursday 2:30-3:30

Course Objectives:

This course will introduce students to the art and architecture of Rome and her Empire, from its beginning to the end of Antiquity. Students will learn the major monuments and examples of Roman art, how these artworks fit in to the historical and cultural development of the Romans, and how modern scholars analyse and interpret them.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

M. Beckmann, Roman Art (custom courseware, available in bookstore)

iClicker (may be purchased in Bookstore; if you already have an iClicker, you may use that. You must REGISTER your iClicker on the iClicker website, using your student ID, which is your email ID, the bit before @mcmaster)

Method of Assessment:

Participation 15% (measured by iClicker – see Note below)

Quiz 1 (Tuesday Feb. 7) 15%

Quiz 2 (Tuesday Mar. 14) 15%

Writing Assignment 15% Due Tuesday Feb. 28

*The writing assignment will be discussed in detail in-class in Lecture 17 ("How to Write an Essay on Roman Art) - don't miss this class!

Final 40% In Spring exam period.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

If an MSAF is submitted for a missed quiz, a makeup quiz will be arranged as soon as possible after the original quiz date. No accommodation will be made for iClicker participation in missed classes, unless the student has submitted an MSAF for that period.

Note the deadline for handing in your writing assignment (see above). Late assignments will incur a penalty of 1 grade point per day (e.g., B- becomes C+). Assignments will not be accepted more than 1 week late.

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

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 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 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:

The first class (January 4) will begin with Lecture 1 in your text Roman Art. We will progress through the lectures till the end of term.