Beware the Ides, Beware the Hemlock: Roleplaying Crisis in Ancient Greece and Rome|
Spring 2019 not offered
The Thirty Tyrants have at long last been expelled from Athens, and now it is up to you and your closest friends and enemies to determine the future of the greatest city-state in the Mediterranean. The conspiracy of Catiline has been uncovered, and the fate of the conspirators and of Rome rests in your hands. Two decades later, the dictator Julius Caesar has been assassinated, and it falls upon you to negotiate the Senate to decide what the People of Rome should do. Students will play in a number of "Reacting to the Past" scenarios set in ancient Greece and Rome--becoming stakeholders in these world-changing crises as they fight, speak, study, sweet-talk, and coerce their way to power over their classmates, be they allies or adversaries. This course is suitable for students of all interests and backgrounds and will offer opportunities to develop writing public-speaking, critical thinking, and persuasion skills.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Coursepack of assigned readings
N. Norman, J. Ober, and M. Carnes, THRESHOLD OF DEMOCRACY, 5th edition (New York 2015)
A. Wolpart and K. Kapparis, LEGAL SPEECHES OF DEMOCRATIC ATHENS (Indianapolis 2011)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Written assignments (briefs, debriefs, formal speeches), oral assignments (speeches), fulfillment of game modules. In lieu of a final exam there will be another mini-game.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Critical thinking, attendance, enthusiastic participation.