exams, assessments, policy

Fall 2019 Office hours:

Prof. Čulík-Baird: 11am-12pm, 2-3pm Tues, Thurs; or by appointment. STH 416.

Ian Nurmi (Wed sections): 12.30-1.30pm Tues; 1.30-2.30pm Wed. STH 436A.
Ryan Pasco (Fri sections): 12.30-1.30pm Tues; 12-1pm Fri. STH B03D.


Format all papers double-spaced with Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1” margins. Papers must be printed and handed in (not emailed) on the stated date to your Teaching Fellow at the beginning of the lecture. All papers MUST include references to primary sources discussed in this course (in lecture and/or in section).

Papers will be graded according to the following criteria of content, style, citation. I expect you to quote the ancient evidence directly in order to make your argument. Although you should feel free to use the ideas we discuss in class, the best papers are those which go beyond the classroom discussion and generate original analysis upon the texts.

Exemplary: A (95-100%), A- (90-94%)
Answers the question with a sophisticated argument and is eloquently written.
Many well chosen quotations from ancient sources, properly cited.

Good: B+ (87-89%), B (84-86%), B- (80-83%)
A good argument, which may come close to answering the question.
Some contact with ancient sources.
Perhaps occasional slip of grammar or spelling.

Adequate: C+(77-79%), C (74-76%), C- (70-73%)
A vague argument, does not answer question.
No contact with ancient sources.
Several problems with grammar or spelling.

Insufficient: D+ (67-69%), D (65-66%)
A weak or non-existent argument.
Does not answer question.
Contains factual errors or irrelevant details.
Uses inappropriate or unattributed sources.

F (0-64%)
Does not complete assignment or inadequately completes assignment.

The Midterm exam will include:

  • Course quiz: questions on Roman history, literature, culture (30 questions)
  • Commentary: identify and comment on literary passages and/or art object (answer 3 out of choice of 5)

The Final exam will include:

  • Course quiz: questions on Roman history, literature, culture (30 questions)
  • Commentary: identify and comment on literary passages and/or art object (answer 3 out of choice of 5)
  • Essay (answer 1 essay question out of choice of 3)

Quizzes will assess your understanding of material recently discussed in lecture. The topic of each quiz can be found in the schedule of readings. These will be administered during the first 10-15 mins of sections.

Participation is assessed according to your level of involvement in class discussion in section. You can increase your participation grade by speaking in section and/or by visiting office hours (of your Teaching Fellow or mine).

Grade scale:
A = 95-100%
A- = 90-94%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 84-86%
B- = 80-83%
C+ = 77-79%
C = 74-76%
C- = 70-73%
D+ = 67-69%
D = 65-66%
F = 0-64%

Extra credit (1): MFA visit [up to +3%] 

  • Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It’s free for college students.
  • Select an Etruscan or Roman object.
  • Take a selfie with the object which you will send with the report. You may also tweet this selfie to me (@opietasanimi)
  • Write a 2-3 page report on its qualities and significance. You will find the MFA’s online description of the object a helpful resource and starting point. The MFA also has two handbooks: one on its art collection in general, the other on its classical holdings. Consider the following questions:
    • what material is the object made out of? what is its date? do we know where it was found?
    • what does the object depict? what is the significance of what is depicted?
    • who was the object’s intended audience? upper class? lower class? was this object made to be used?
    • how does this object relate to material studied in this class?
    • what does this object tell you about the culture which produced it?
  • Due 10th Dec. before lecture. Print and hand in to me (not Teaching Fellow). 

Extra credit (2): Twitter. Tweet about your favourite art objects, a beloved poem, or your visit to the MFA! Best tweet(s) get a prize.

up to + 2%: 1-5 tweets on the hashtag #worldofrome
up to + 4%: 10+ tweets on the hashtag #worldofrome

For inspiration, see student tweets from CL 102 Spring 2018, Women in Antiquity: CL 206 Spring 2019 (#womenancient), or Digital Approaches to Cicero: CL 406 Spring 2019 (#newcicero).

You may do one or both (or neither!) of the extra credit assignments.

Lateness & Academic Integrity:
All work is due on the dates specified except in case of emergencies. If you are unable to attend an exam due to such an emergency, you must contact me before class. If I am not in my office, leave a message in the department office with Classics staff (617-353-2427), or email me (culik@bu.edu). Violations of academic conduct (such as plagiarism) will be reported to the Dean. For the code, see: http://www.bu.edu/academics/policies/academic-conduct-code/. Plagiarism is a serious offence, and benefits no one. If you are ever in a crisis over a paper or report and are tempted to plagiarize, come speak to me instead. 

Disability & Accommodation:
Any student requesting accommodations based on disability should contact BU’s Disability Services: http://www.bu.edu/disability/.