Last updated: November 13, 2016

Shatzel Hall, BGSU


Constantine II-left hand
    From the Musei Capitolini: fragment of a monumental stature of Constantine II
(photo Copyright 2006 by JMP)

CLCV 3810: Roman Life

4:00-5:15 T/Th

Kohl Hall 006

[Note: CLCV 3810H, the Honors section of Roman Life, meets with the regular section and has a similar schedule. Some assignments and due dates are different, though: see the Honors Syllabus for the special requirements of 3810H.]


James M. Pfundstein, Ph.D.
Shatzel 222
Office Hours: Mon. 1:30-2:20, Tues. 12:30-1:20,  and by appointment.
Office phone: 419-372-8278


Shelton, As the Romans Did (2nd ed. Oxford, 1997)

Morey, Outlines of Roman History (American Book Company, 1901)

online at Camden's Forum Romanum site.

also at Google Books.

Online resources:

The single most important resource for the study of Roman history on the web is Bill Thayer's Lacus Curtius. Of special interest to Roman Life students will be  his on-line edition of Roman articles Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities-- an encyclopedic work with heaps of information on how the Romans lived their lives.*/home*.html

Another great resource at Lacus Curtius: a slew of articles from Platner and Ashby's Topological Dictionary of Ancient Rome.*/home*.html

Another on-line edition of Smith's Antiquities is at the Perseus Project. It can be tricky to find stuff in this edition, as the entries are keyed by Latin words, and not always the ones you'd expect. Still, you might get a lucky (and useful) hit here.

If you're on campus (or sign in via the remote access server), there are some good resources available through OhioLink. For instance,   the Classics section of Oxford Reference Online:

    on-campus URL:

    off-campus URL (sign in first at the remote access server):

  Also useful in the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook at Fordham University

Another great source, with scads of images that can be searched by keyword, is VRoma:

Course Expectations:

1. Expectations for Behavior: Abide by Wheaton's Law. For details, see the BGSU Codes of Conduct.

Expectations for Learning: This is a course taught primarily through lectures and readings. If there's one thing that modern pedagogy agrees on, it's that lectures are very bad, and make the angels weep, and promote global warming, and bring the heat death of the universe measurably closer. Okay. It's still the way I teach CLCV 3810, because the course surveys a great deal of material and people tend to assimilate it better if they get it in various media: written (in the texts), spoken (lectures and conversations), and visual (physical evidence of Roman culture provided via PowerPoint shows--I have a lot of these, but they're not the kind with bulletpoints and lecture notes; I hate those).

Bottom line: read the texts; attend the lectures; ask questions and engage in conversation (with me and with your peers); complete the assignments (and don't cut corners on the ones that involve writing). You'll do well.



Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Nov. 29

1 midterm
Tues. Oct. 18

follow link above to description;
due Fri. Sept. 23

short research paper
follow link above to description;
due Fri. Nov. 18

final exam
Mon. Dec. 12,







No makeups given due to absence without prior arrangement with the instructor.
No one can pass the course without passing the final examination and turning in both papers.
No incompletes issued except for pressing reasons and by prior arrangement with the instructor.
"'It's my opinion,' replied the Tuna, 'and opinions deserve respect! That's what Tuna politicians say.'"--Collodi, Pinocchio
The instructor reserves the right to recognize significant improvement (or decline) in student performance when awarding the final grade.
The maximum amount of extra credit which may count towards the final grade = 5% of the total course points.
The syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor; changes will be announced in class and posted on-line.


Week 1
Aug. 23, 25
 Shelton, Intro;
Morey, I-III
Week 2
Aug. 30, Sept. 1
 Shelton, I-II;
Morey, IV-VI

Week 3
Sept. 6, 8
Shelton, III;
Morey, VII-IX
Tues. Sept. 6: Quiz 1 
(lectures/readings weeks 1-2) 
Week 4
Sept. 13, 15
Shelton, IV;
Morey, X-XIII

Week 5
Sept. 20, 22
Shelton, V
Morey, XIV-XVI
Fri. Sept. 23: Review due
Week 6
Sept. 27, 29
Shelton VI-VII;

Week 7
Oct. 4, 6
Shelton, VIII-IX
Tues. Oct. 4: Quiz 2
(lectures/readings weeks 3-6)
Week 8
----, Oct. 13
McManus on Roman clothing,
 I and II;
Oct. 10-11: Fall Break
No classes
Week 9
Oct. 18, 20
Shelton X;
Morey, XIX-XX
Tues. Oct 18: Midterm
(lectures/readings weeks 1-8)
Week 10
Oct. 25, 27
Shelton XI;
handout on Roman soldier ;

Week 11
Nov. 1, 3
Shelton, XII

Week 12
Nov. 8, 10
November 8: Election Day.
Fer suffragium
Week 13
Nov. 15, 17
Shelton, XIII;
Morey, XXVII
Tues. Nov. 15: Quiz 3
(readings weeks 9-11,
lectures weeks 9-12)

Week 14
Nov. 22, -----
Shelton, XIV;
Thurs. Nov. 24: Meleagridophagia (optional)

No classes: Nov. 23-25
Week 15
Nov. 29, Dec. 1
Shelton, XV
Tues. Nov. 29: Paper due

Thurs Dec. 1: Quiz 4
(lectures/readings weeks 13-14)

Week 16
Dec. 6, 8
Morey, XXIX
Finals Week
Dec. 12-16
-------------------- Final Exam:
Mon. Dec. 12,



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