• Class Number 6114
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
    • Dr Ryan Strickler
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

In this course students will undertake readings in one of: Ancient History, Classical Studies, Latin or Ancient Greek, with a view to analysing or translating texts, literature or history. Students will continue their training in Classics methodology and engage with pre-professional and professional scholars by attending seminar papers presented in the Centre for Classical Studies research seminar program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Review, evaluate and apply the types of evidence and approaches used by Classical scholars to address difficult issues in the discipline;
2. Engage critically with arguments by modern scholars,;
3. Develop and enhance skills in close reading, marshaling evidence, and presenting original arguments both verbally and in writing to graduate standard; and
4. (a) Students undertaking readings in Latin or Ancient Greek will demonstrate the ability to translate a range of texts in either Latin or Ancient Greek from a variety of genres
(b) Students undertaking readings in Ancient History and Classical studies will evaluate a variety of advanced approaches to analysis of Greek and Roman history or literature and use scholarly writing as a model for their own work;
5. Continue training in some of the key methodological approaches used by historical, literary and philological scholars in their study of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is structured around a forthcoming ARC Discovery Project proposal on Legitimacy and Social Media in the Roman Empire.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All materials will be provided via Wattle or will be available through the ANU Library.

Students are encouraged to make use of the ANU Classics Museum collection, and take advantage of the Classics Student Reading Room in addition to the resources of Chifley Library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

All citations should be made according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Examples and rubrics will be provided on Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction and Theory Revision
2 Athens: Greek Oratory and Rhetoric
3 Athens and Hellenistic Greece: Epigraphy and Law
4 Roman Republic: Mixed Constitution, Consuls and Crises
5 Republic and Principate: Numismatics, Statuary, Epigraphy, and Literature Abstract Due Wednesday (13:59) before seminar
6 Dissent: The Power of Satire
7 Flavian Dynasty: Historiography and Biography
8 Tetrarchy: Reform and Command Annotated Bibliography Due Wednesday (13:59) before Seminar
9 Constantine and Christianity: Controlling the Narrative
10 Fourth and Fifth Centuries: Religion and Reform
11 Letters and Legates: Social Networks in the Later Roman Empire
12 Honours Research Conference Conference paper and presentations will be given during seminar time. Final Draft of Research Paper due 11 November 2021 (23:59) via TurnItIn

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Seminar Participation and Seminar Leadership 10 % 1,2,3
Final Research Project (90% of total mark, scaffolded) 90 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is mandatory and essential to the seminar. Participation includes reading materials in preparation for class, participation in seminar discussion, and attendance of the Centre for Classical Studies Seminar Series. Students are strongly encouraged to attend events hosted by the ANU Friends of the Classics Museum, and the Canberra Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute in Athens.


There are no examinations for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Seminar Participation and Seminar Leadership

Students are expected to attend all seminars, having done the assigned reading beforehand, and to participate in seminar discussion in an informed, meaningful and evidence-based way.

Students must sign up for one seminar presentation. Presentations are to be about 20-30 minutes long. Topics will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. In presentations students will be expected to:

•    Outline the thesis and summarize the contents of each reading

•    Indicate how the reading(s) relate to the seminar topic

•    For secondary sources, critically assess each reading, answering the following: is the argument coherent? Is it convincing? Why or why not? Has the author made any misinterpretations/mistakes in your view? Are there alternative ways of interpreting the evidence that the author has missed?

•      For ancient sources, critically assess each reading and answer the following: what is the context of the source? What do we know about the author of the source? What is the audience of the source? What can we learn about ancient history from the source? What are some problems that must be considered when using this source (questions of genre, rhetorical tropes, bias, reliability, etc.)

•    Answer the questions posed by the seminar leader

•    Generate class discussion


Periodically, the seminar will host guest speakers. During these sessions, speakers will pre-circulate readings (either a work in progress, published paper, or bibliography). Students are expected to read this material in advance and prepare at least two questions (one primary question and at least one back up) in advance for the speaker. Each student will be expected to ask at least one question of the speaker during Q&A after the presentation. Questions must be substantial in nature and interrogate either the speaker’s argument, use of sources, conclusions, or methodology. Students who do not volunteer to ask a question will be called upon.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 90 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Research Project (90% of total mark, scaffolded)

Over the course of the semester students will conduct independent research on a topic of their choice in consultation with their supervisor or the lecturer (for undergrads). To assist students in developing a coherent research plan, this project will include three milestones spread throughout the semester. In addition, students will present the results of their research in a mini conference to be conducted at the end of the semester. The marks for the milestones and presentation will be included in the final essay mark.

The project will progress as follows:

1. Students will discuss their topic with their HDR supervisor in consultation with the lecturer (5%)

2. Students will complete a 500-word abstract outlining the argument of their project. Students should use the standards of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies conference submission guidelines (10%)

3. Students will complete a 1000-word annotated bibliography (10%)

4. Students will present the results of their research in a mini conference (15%)

5. Students will submit a polished final draft of their essay (60%). Postgraduate students will negotiate the Word Limit with the lecturer and their HDR Supervisor.

Citation styles must conform to the guidelines included in this Course Guide.

Documents should be formatted in adherence to the accepted standards of the ANU Centre for Classical Studies.

Word limits:

1. Abstract: 500 words (all levels)

2. Annotated Bibliography: 1000 words (all levels)

3. Final Draft: To be negotiated

Value: 20% each

Due dates: to be submitted by 12:00 Wednesday August 25 (abstract), 12:00 Wednesday September 29 (Annotated Bibliography), In class 29 October (Conference Style Presentation), and 23:59 Friday 11 November (Final Draft)

Estimated Return Date: All work will be returned within one week of submission.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students will be able to access their graded assignments on Turnitin after the return date.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may not resubmit assessments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ryan Strickler

Research Interests

Religion and authority in the ancient world, in particular the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity

Dr Ryan Strickler

Wednesday 10:00 11:00
Wednesday 10:00 11:00
Dr Ryan Strickler

Research Interests

Dr Ryan Strickler

Wednesday 10:00 11:00
Wednesday 10:00 11:00

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