Course Syllabus

Classics 326: Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Schedule and Reading Assignments


Olga Levaniouk          

Denny M262B,  (206) 543-2266

Office hours: MW 12:30-1:30

Course goals: In this course we shall read and discuss ancient sources on religion, philosophy, medicine, literature, and  law along with modern scholarly analyses of ancient society to explore the roles of women in ancient Greek and Roman society. Readings are chosen and discussions are structured with the aim of developing three types of awareness:

historical awareness --knowledge of basic historical realities of women and of family life, limitations and biases of surviving evidence, how different Greece and Rome are from each other, and from now; a sense of how political institutions can intervene in family relations

critical awareness -- an understanding of the history of changing interpretations of the ancient world -- how what people see in ancient Greece or Rome can also articulate what they value in their own cultures 

self-awareness -- a sensitivity to the forces (laws, customs, stereotypes, images and more) shaping our own social relations.

Course Requirements:

course participation and completion of short writing assignments           30% 

midterm                                                                                                           20%

project                                                                                                             20%

Final Exam                                                                                                      30%

Required text: Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook in Translation (Lefkowitz and Fant) fourth edition. Other readings will be made available on Canvas. 

Policies and useful links:

Phones: please put my phone on vibrate, and keep it out of the way during class. Please NEVER RECORD, AUDIO OR VIDEO, ANYTHING IN THIS CLASSROOM. I would like this to be an open and respectful place to explore ideas and contribute to discussions without fear of embarrassment  or reprisals.  Please respectful of your fellow students and their points of view.

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Religious accommodations

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