Last updated: January 11, 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; all uses forbidden and banned forever; you could, however, go there next summer and take your own pix)

CLCV 3810: Roman Life

4:00-5:15 T/Th

Eppler Center 221


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

Undergraduate Assistants:

Cody Goetting; email:

Brittani Bylon; email:


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:

Another rich (and well organized) source of images is Kathryn Andrus-Walck's Roman Art & Architecture:

More images of Roman (and other ancient) art and archaeology are available at AICT:

Numerous images of Greek and Roman archaeological sites can be found at Leo Curran's site, Maecenas:



4 quizzes

1 midterm

follow link above to description;

short research paper
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final exam
Friday, May 6







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.
"I used to be uncertain, but now I'm not so sure."--Bosco Pertwee
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
Jan. 12, 14
 Shelton, Intro-I;
Morey, I-III
Week 2
Jan. 19, 21
 Shelton, II-III;
Morey, IV-VI

Week 3
Jan. 26, 28
Shelton, IV;
Morey, VII-IX
Tues. Jan. 26: Quiz 1 
(lectures/readings weeks 1-2)

Week 4
Feb. 2, 4
Shelton, V;
Morey, X-XIII

Week 5
Feb. 9, 11
Shelton Ch. VI
Morey, XIV
Tues. Feb. 9: Quiz 2
(lectures/readings weeks 3-4)
Week 6
Feb. 16, 18
Shelton, VII;
Morey, XV-XVI
Friday February 19: Review due
Week 7
Feb. 23, 25
Shelton, VIII-IX;

Week 8
March 1, 3
McManus on Roman clothing,
 I and II;
Thurs. March 3: Midterm
(lectures/readings weeks 1-8)

March 5-13

Spring break!
Week 9
March 15, 17
Shelton X;
Morey, XIX-XX

Week 10
March 22, 24
Shelton XI;
handout on Roman soldier ;

Week 11
March 29, 31
Shelton, XII
Tues. March 29: Quiz 3
(lectures/readings weeks 8-10)
Week 12
April 5, 7
Shelton, XIII;

Week 13
April 12, 14
Shelton, XIV;
Morey, XXVII
Fri. April 15: Paper due
Week 14
April 19, 21
Shelton, XV (1st half);
Tues April 19: Quiz 4
(lectures/readings weeks 12-13) 

Thurs. April 21:
Rome's 2769th birthday
Week 15
April 26, 28
Shelton, XV (2nd half)
Morey, XXIX

Finals Week
May 2-6
-------------------- Final Exam:
Friday May 6;



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