Women in Antiquity
Project | MOO | Profile
Template | Building
on the MOO
Course Schedule and ReadingsPart
1 Theoretical frameworks | Part
2 Archaic Greece | Part
3 Classical Greece
4 Hellenistic world | Part
Matron | Young Girl
| Antonine Woman as Venus
| Syrian Woman
Instructor: John Gruber-Miller, 312 College Hall; phone: x4326;
Class meetings: M-F 9-11:15 a.m.; three afternoons each week,
usually M T W 1-3 p.m.
Office Hours: M W F 11:15-12 noon and always by appointment.
Elaine Fantham, et al. Women in the Classical World: Image and Text.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Jane McIntosh Snyder. The Woman and the Lyre. Women Writers in Classical
Greece and Rome. Southern Illinois University Press, 1989.
Susan Shelmerdine, trans. Homeric Hymns. Focus, 1995.
Sue Blundell. Women in Ancient Greece. Cambridge: Harvard,
Sarah Pomeroy. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves.
New York: Schocken, 1975.
Knowledge of contemporary theoretical frameworks for the study of women's
history; understanding of the complexity of applying these to the study
of women in ancient societies.
Ability to interpret and critique various types of literary and non-literary
evidence for the lives of ancient women.
Ability to discuss women's lives in relation to various aspects (e.g. legal,
economic, religious) of the societies and cultures of ancient Greece and
Rome and to describe similarities and differences.
Understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman cultural constructions of
gender and how these may have affected the lives and behavior of women
in Greek and Roman societies.
Knowledge of the lives of some of the individual Greek and Roman women
known to us from history.
Opportunity to improve both your verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to gather, use, and evaluate materials both from the library and
the World Wide Web.
Ability to create and publish a project on the WWW using basic HTML code
and the MOO.
Class discussion: I hope to foster an atmosphere in which students
are free to speak their minds; I pledge never to assign grades on the basis
of opinions. (Grades will be based on how well you argue for your
positions and support them with evidence.) We all (myself included)
bring different backgrounds, preparation, theoretical perspectives, and
values to this course. We all will learn from many sources: our common
readings, each other, our discussions, and our research. It is, therefore,
crucial to the success of the course that everyone show respect and courtesy
to everyone else in the class, and a willingness to help each other learn
and approach this material from new perspectives.
Informal writing assignments of various types based on class
readings (approximately one for each section of the course). These essays
are meant to be a chance to examine your own views, values and biases within
the light of various readings. These topics will be announced in advance.
Interaction with others on the MOO to discuss specific topics
relevant to women in antiquity through role-playing. For example, in discussing
the control of women's sexuality in Athens, members of the class take on
the specific roles of women mentioned in the orations we will read for
class and comment on the cases from that woman's point of view. More details
Project on a life of a woman from the time of the Roman empire:
In order to see the lives of women of antiquity "from the inside," students
in groups of 2-3 will adopt one woman whose portrait is part of the Riley
Collection of Roman Portraiture at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. More
detailed instructions will be handed out later, but basically the project
will involve the following steps:
research (both library and web-based) on the particular woman represented
by this portrait and other Roman women of her class and background.
writing a profile of this person that details her life and accomplishments
that are representative of her status and class. This profile will form
the basis of a first person narrative that evokes in the reader the life
of a real Roman woman. The student will base the first person narrative
on factual material but will add a sense of personality and attitudes she
thinks her subject might have had and the cultural constraints she might
have dealt with.
creation of a web site devoted to this woman as part of a larger web project,
A Roman Portrait Gallery based on the Riley Collection. This site will
include the first person narrative, perhaps the profile, perhaps a time-line
of events relevant to her life. It will also include a page of further
links to documentary sources and related materials that illustrate the
life of this woman.
creation of this woman's domestic space using the MOO.
40% class participation, role-playing on the MOO, and informal written
40% web project on a Roman woman represented in the Riley Collection
20% final exam
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