Classics / Art / Anthro 338 Syllabus

Classics 338

A. Instructor Dr. David Soren, Regents Professor, Anthropology and Classics. Adjunct Regents Professor Art.

B. Book Required

David Soren and Archer Martin, Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome 2016- available at the bookstore OR from There is no e-book for this any longer.

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. Dr. Soren can be reached at

2. Quizzes: These will count one third of your final grade. There will be a total of 5 ten minute quizzes which will be held in class. The date of these required quizzes is given in the reading assignments section. You must take three quizzes. Your best 3 quiz scores will be added together and count one third of your grade. If you take all 6 quizzes, three of your quizzes will be discarded unless they are very good and then they can count for extra credit.

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 during the last class period before the midterm and final examination. The review will be held in class. There is no review for quizzes. The midterm will be held on Friday, February 28th. The final will be held on the last day of class Wednesday, May 6th 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 since students have 6 opportunities to take the required 3 quizzes. 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 or quizzes. 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  friends, going on vacations or visits with family or friends, visiting a sick friend or attending sports or concert events of interest to you, or 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 6 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 as well as classroom participation 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 a sign-in sheet will be circulated . Failure to be present more than 3 times will cost you 3 points on your final exam grade. 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 more than 3 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 or phones 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:  If the course is awarded a graduate assistant and/or preceptors, 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. Currently there are no additional assistants for 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 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 an 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 Orvieto Study Abroad Program 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 for this summer will be large 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 and let Dr. Soren know about this.



     By the end of the course it is hoped you will have a better knowledge of the art and archaeology of ancient Rome from 1000 BCE to ca. 400 CE.  Your proficiency in the class will be measured by the examinations, quizzes and critical thinking exercises we have developed and by using the grading formulas described. You will be asked to think critically on your essay exams, papers and conferences with me and/or our graduate assistants and to communicate effectively in your exams and essays. You must organize the information you will be given effectively and, thinking critically, answer the questions outlined for you in the textbook and lectures as the course progresses.  Remember that you will have received 40% of your final grade by the 8th week of the class so it is important to get off to a good start. Note that this course is regularly available for Honors Credit.