Ancient History

Throughout the semester, students will trace one theme of their own choosing in at least three of the course readings (e.g. the place of death in Plato, Boethius, and Dante, the role of women in Boethius, Dante, and Christine de Pizan, or the interaction of faith and reason in Epictetus, Augustine, and Dante). This essay must be 1,500 words long. It also must include a thesis statement and relevant textual evidence. To help students to budget their time, due dates for research tasks (i.e. choosing a topic, selecting a clear thesis statement, and assembling relevant passages) are set during the latter weeks of the term. Essays will account for 20% of the final grade. ** Note: Assignments must be double–spaced and written in either Times New Roman or Garamond in 12 point. For the due dates of the reading responses and the essay, see the course schedule below. Academic integrity is expected from all students. Plagiarism and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Anyone caught plagiarizing will fail the assignment in question and an evaluation will be made as to whether or not the student will fail the class.