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Martha Bowsky

What students and I do

What students and I don't do

Interactive approach based on question and answer, discussion


Semester-long journal of questions and answers acquired

Give quizzes

PowerPoint presentations with images that reinforce a systematic approach to the topic of the day

Electronic reserves with copies of class materials and relevant readings


Papers based on questions students pose or theses students put forward

Give tests (except in Greek and Latin language courses)

Assign topics for papers

Opportunity to write papers that foster intellectual curiosity, make a connection between the student's interests and Classics


Chance to write more than one paper on a topic of particular interest to the student


Papers graded on the basis of the question posed or thesis put forward, the evidence assembled, and the conclusion reached

Papers not graded in comparison with other students' papers

Tests in Greek and Latin graded on an absolute scale

  • what can you learn in Classical Mythology?
    • what deities and heroes did Greeks and Romans worship, and why, given the kind of stories they tell about them?
  • what can you learn in History of Ancient Greece or History of Ancient Rome?
    • how were adult, male citizens the dominant players in ancient Greek or Roman history?
  • what can you learn in Greek Literature in Translation or Latin Literature in Translation?
    • what can the Greeks or Romans tell us about themselves, in their own words?
  • what can you learn in Sexuality in Greek Society or Sexuality in Roman Society?
    • why was the female segment of Greek or Roman society always told to spin and weave?
  • what can you learn in First Year Ancient Greek or First Year Latin?
    • how can you tell who bit whom in a language that depends on word-forms?

Martha Bowsky
Professor of Religious and Classical Studies
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