Classics / Art / Anthro 340b Syllabus

A. Instructor Dr. David Soren, Regents Professor, Classics, Art, Classical Archaeology
B. Book Required

David Soren and Archer Martin, Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome- available at the bookstore OR from in regular and e-book versions.

C. General Information (Please Read This Carefully) and Office Hours to See Students

1. Office Hours in 314B Anthropology Building (Haury)  are Wednesdays from 10:15 to 11:15 right after class if you need to see Dr. Soren. You may also contact our graduate assistant and undergraduate preceptors  by e-mail.

Our graduate assistant  and our preceptors will meet you in Room 120 of Anthropology (Haury Building).

The graduate assistant is Amber Kearns (  Her office hour is still to be named.Office Hour 10 30 to 11 30 on Thursdays..

Our student preceptor is Brandon Neff, Office Hour, Mondays 2-3 in 120 Haury Building (Anthropology).

Dr. Soren can be reached at but we prefer that you contact our graduate student and preceptors first if you have a problem that needs immediate resolution because Dr. Soren has more than 520 students to teach this semester. Our student preceptors and graduate assistant are available to help you with your study questions.

2. Quizzes: These will count one third of your final grade. There will be a total of 5 seven minute quizzes which will be held in class. The date of these required quizzes is given in the reading assignments section. You must take these three quizzes. Your best 3 quiz scores will be added together and count one third of your grade. One of your quizzes will be discarded unless it is very good and then it can count for extra credit. IF YOU ARE TAKING THIS COURSE ONLINE YOU WILL RECEIVE DIFFERENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR QUIZZES.

3. Midterm and final examination. These will make up approximately one third of your grade each with the combined 3 quizzes making up the other third of your grade. You will have a review session and study guide for each during the last class period before the midterm and final examination. The review will be held in class and the preceptors will do an additional review session. The midterm will be held on Monday, March 6th. The final will be held on the last day of class Wednesday, May 4th and will be held in class. If you cannot attend these examinations you should not take this class as examinations will not be moved unless students have medical emergencies, parentally documented family emergencies or university related business. Simply booking flights for family or personal fun out of town or to attend weddings or special events is NOT acceptable as an excuse.

4. Extra Credit: You cannot do other work of any kind and expect it to count as a substitution for quizzes or examinations.

5. Makeup Exams: There are no makeup examinations except for documented medical or family emergencies with written excuses from parents, grandparents or legal guardians that can be verified or university mandated business or athletics. Attending weddings or graduations is not an acceptable excuse. No quizzes may be made up for any reason. The student may make an arrangement with the instructor to take a quiz in advance if the student has a legitimate emergency or university requirement which can be documented in writing under the guidelines mentioned above. Excuses must be presented before the taking of any early quiz. Take-home exams are prohibited as are the substitution of written papers for examinations. Students have 48 hours after quizzes are posted on D2L or returned to inquire about a grade that was given to them or not given. After that time we cannot process a student request of this nature. It is therefore essential to keep your tests and to read regularly the postings of grades on D2L. Excuses that are specifically prohibited are attending weddings of family and friends, going on vacations or visits with family or friends, visiting a sick friend or attending sports or concert events of interest to you, and claiming you've already booked your flight out of town. Claims that you took a quiz and we lost it will not be allowed because all quizzes turned in are tallied BEFORE we leave the room and RECOUNTED  to confirm that they are the same number of quizzes when we return them. The D2L total login number also is counted to confirm that it matches the number of quizzes taken. If a quiz is not entered or returned to you, you did not take it. ONLINE STUDENTS MAY NOT MAKE UP EXAMINATIONS.

6. Reading assignments are posted on this website in the appropriate section.

7. Grading given for examinations is 90-100 for an A, 80-89 for a B and so forth. No incompletes will be given except for excuses documented as cited above. Students must take 3 of 4 quizzes, which count one third of your grade. If you do not take 3 quizzes during the course of the semester a grade of D or E will be averaged in for your quiz total depending on your scores on the other quizzes. The midterm comprises another third of your grade, and the final also one third. Major improvement in the course may also grant you some consideration in our determining of your final grade.

8. Sign-in Attendance - At the beginning and end of each class either a sign-in sheet will be circulated or else 10 names will be posted. If you are called you must come to the front of the room and sign in within 4 minutes of being called and you must also present your CAT CARD. Failure to be present will cost you 3 points on your final exam grade each time you are caught. Those with good attendance will get a 3 point bonus at the end added to your final exam score. Even if you have an A average in the class, you can LOSE YOUR A GRADE through being caught with absences.

9. Cheating: Students caught cheating will receive a failing grade for the course. Talking during an examination or being observed with your eyes on another paper or passing or consulting notes or hearing information is cheating. Adding unauthorized paper with written answers to the paper given out for examinations is also cheating. Telephones, text messaging devices or other electronic equipment left on your person or left switched on during the examination will also be construed as cheating -- all electronic equipment must be stowed away out of sight and not left on your person and turned off. All notes must be CLOSED and put away. Any notes left visible and open on or around the student will be considered cheating.

10. Leaving Class Early: You should request permission to do this from the professor before class. Leaving class early is considered extremely rude to everyone and will be punishable by giving you a lower grade if you are on the edge between two grades. Leaving class early is considered unacceptable behavior in this class unless arrangements have been made beforehand and doing this repeatedly will result in charges filed against the student with the Dean of Students for disruptive classroom behavior. Reading blatantly, using computers for non lecture purposes and talking during lectures are unacceptable actions so please do not take this class if you must do these things during lectures.

11. Help from Graduate Assistant:  The graduate assistant and preceptors for the course are available to meet regularly with students and to be reachable by e-mail. Dr. Soren can be reached at for questions about the course.

12. Additional Assignment: You must select a movie or video with a Roman or Etruscan theme and write a ca. 750 word paper about it (around 3 typewritten pages). You can compare the movie or video to Roman history, art or archaeological sites. An example would be to take the movie Gladiator and compare it to the actual history of the period of the characters of the film. You will receive a grade of pass for this. If you do not pass this paper you cannot pass this course. This is a UA gen ed requirement for writing emphasis courses such as this one.

D. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO STUDY IN ITALY  THIS SUMMER WITH DR. SOREN, TO TAKE PART IN A REAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION OR TO SPEND YOUR SUMMER OR FALL SEMESTER STUDYING ROMAN AND ETRUSCAN ART AND CULTURE, YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN OUR U OF A ORVIETO STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM AND TAKE COURSES FOR UA CREDIT. We also have a new excavation in Tuscany on the beach at Populonia which you can participate in for credit. For this, see Dr. Soren. Dr. Soren also has summer archaeological excavations of the Roman period in Portugal, about which you can write to him at

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1. First, go and visit our website. The site is still being revised so it won't have all the latest information but it will introduce you to the institute and the area.

2. For applications and general information first contact Dr. Soren. This summer we also offer exciting possibilities for undergraduates to do archaeological excavation of Roman ruins on a private island at Troia, Portugal, in Italy at either Populonia (located on the beach near Piombino, Tuscany) or at Campo della Fiera near Orvieto, Umbria. Write to Dr. Soren for more information at

3. Talk to Dr. Soren in class and come to visit our Summer Professors  at the Study Abroad Fair.

4. Our study abroad program is he largest one at the U of A and we expect more than 100 people this summer so if you are applying please do so as soon as possible. For the Fall and Spring Programs there is more space and applications can come in in March.

Disabled Students: Students with disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Center at for any special needs or accommodations.