Classics LXIX: Directed Study in Classics
Women in Antiquity
Spring 1995
Time: 3:00-4:30 Mon/Wed . . . . . Room: Admin 207

INSTRUCTOR: Robert W. Cape, Jr., Assistant Professor of Classics
OFFICE: Admin. 310 PHONE: x2241 MAIL: #61539 EMAIL:
OFFICE HOURS: MWF 9:00-10:00 & by appointment or just dropping in.

Women in the Classical World. Edds. E. Fantham, H. P. Foley, N. B. Kampen, S. B. Pomeroy, and H. A. Shapiro. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
M. R. Lefkowitz and M. B. Fant. Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.
E. C. Keuls. The Reign of the Phallus: Sexual Politics in Ancient Athens. 2nd ed. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1993.
R. A. Bauman. Women and Politics in Ancient Rome. New York & London: Routledge, 1992.
Explore the Women and Gender in Antiquity Page
and the 'Voice of the Shuttle" Gender Studies Page

This directed study course is meant to introduce you to the materials that survive from the ancient world which inform us about the lives of women in Greece and Rome. We shall also discuss modern interpretations of this material and some recent controversies about how to write about women in the ancient world.

We shall spend approximately half of the course on women in the Greek world and half on women in the Roman world.

Weekly meetings will be devoted to one aspect of the lives of ancient women (e.g., Greek women and literature; the legal status of women at Rome; the private life of Greek women in the plastic arts). We shall decide which aspects of women's lives we will focus on at the first meeting.

The final grade for the course will be based on attendance and participation in the weekly meetings and on three projects. Since this is an upper division course there is a correspondingly high expectation that the students will have read the material prior to class and will engage in thoughtful, informed, and critical discussion of that material. The three projects are: 1) an annotated bibliographical survey of written materials related to one aspect ancient women's lives; 2) a collection of artistic/ archaeological source materials related to ancient women; and 3) a final research project demonstrating familiarity with the standard bibliographical resources. There will be more discussion of these projects in class. The percentage breakdown for the final grade is:

Attendance & Participation . . . . . . 30%
Bibliographical Survey . . . . . . . . .20%
Collection of Materials . . . . . . . . . 20%
Final Research Project . . . . . . . . . 30%

The Austin College Standards of Academic Integrity are assumed to apply to your work for this course.

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Robert W. Cape, Jr., Assistant Professor of Classics
Classical & Modern Languages
900 N. Grand, Suite 61539
Sherman, TX 75090-4440
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