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Syllabi for Courses & Lessons for Units on Roman Women

Course Syllabi

    Courses and Teaching Materials on Roman Women.

Maria S. Marsilio, Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia)
    Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World: Spring 2019, including bibliography. The course studies ancient Greek and Roman cultural constructions of gender through reading in English legal, philosophical, medical, historical, religious, and literary works.

Davina McClain, Loyola University (New Orleans)
    Pandora’s Daughters: Spring 2003. A course on Greek and Roman women in English.

Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle (New York)
    Puella, Matrona, Meretrix: Fall 2002 (predates publication of The Worlds of Roman Women); Spring 2007 (with Worlds of Roman Women and Companion as course texts). These syllabi were designed for Latin students in their 4th-5th semesters; they contain links to reading lists, internet sites, assignments, and projects.

Stacie Raucci, Union College (NY)
    Sex and Gender in Antiquity: Fall 2008. Syllabus for a course that examines representations of gender and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome, using literature, artwork, and archaeological evidence to reconstruct definitions of the masculine and feminine. The course also includes an ethics component.

Judith Lynn Sebesta, University of South Dakota
    Women in Antiquity: Spring 2006. Syllabus for a course on ancient women in English.

John H. Starks Jr, Binghamton University
    Women in the Roman World: Spring 2019. Syllabus for an Advanced Latin course with reading and viewing assignments in On-Line Companion.
    De vitis mulierum Romanarum: Fall 2013. Syllabus for an Intermediate Latin course with reading and viewing assignments in The Worlds of Roman Women and On-Line Companion

Lesson Plans

Donald Connor, Trinity School (New York)
     The Latin text with a running full-entry vocabulary below and a facing commentary, elegantly laid out with illustrations in PDF format; worksheets are included. These unadapted passages from Ovid's Metamorphoses were designed for ninth grade students making the transition from the Cambridge Latin Course to reading Latin authors, first Caesar then Ovid. The course, called "Latin Prose and Poetry," introduces the students to meter, figures of speech, and poetic word order.

 Ovid's Metamorphoses X.560-707: The Tale of Atalanta and Hippomenes
 Ovid's Metamorphoses VI.146-312: The Tale of Niobe and her Children
 Ovid's Metamorphoses I.89-150: The Four Ages
 Ovid's Metamorphoses I. 253-415: The Flood, Pyrrha and Deucalion
 Ovid's Metamorphoses III.528-733: The Tale of Pentheus and Dionysus
 Ovid's Metamorphoses IV.663-764: The Tale of Perseus and Andromeda
 Ovid's Metamorphoses X.1-77: The Tale of Orpheus and Eurydice
 Ovid's Metamorphoses XI.90-145: The Tale of Midas and his Daughter
 Ovid's Metamorphoses XIII.750-897: The Tale of Acis and Galatea

Edmund DeHoratius, Wayland High School (Boston)
    "Petronius' Matron of Ephesus." This lesson was created for the opening of the Latin 3 year. One PDF file (36 pages) contains Latin text, both continuous and chunked in shorter passages linked to vocabulary, notes and discussion questions, an introduction to author and work, an Appendix of vocabulary and forms for the demonstrative and personal pronouns and adjectives; a second is a creative "Quiz on Text and Image."

Sarah Hull, CUNY Hunter Graduate Student now teaching Middle School (New York City)
    "A Lesson Plan on Roman Marriage." This unit lesson plan and accompanying classroom activity is intended to introduce students from middle-school to high school to aspects of Roman Marriage. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation is available on CD upon request.

Keely Lake, Wayland Academy (Beaver Dam, WI)
     "A Vertical Approach – Ancient Women, mostly Roman, in Latin 1, 2, and 3-4.' This guide to integrating Roman women into the four-year high school curriculum introduces ancient women through secondary materials and various Latin readings in poetry and prose that can be found in The Worlds of Roman Women and Companion; it includes materials for discussion, independent assignment and assessment and is accompanied by a PowerPoint Presentation on Roman Women.

Anne Leen, Furman University (Greenville, SC)
    "A Lesson Plan for Livy AUC 2.40: Veturia' (see The Worlds of Roman Women in The World of the State). A teaching guide in five parts: background, additional vocabulary and translation aids, 30 comprehension questions for class discussion, an exercise for structural analysis, and a quiz.

Anne Leen, Furman University (Greenville, SC)
    "A Lesson for Cicero De Oratore 3,12.45: Laelia' (see Laelia in The World of Learning). The lesson on Laelia's Latin is in seven parts: introduction, text, vocabulary and notes, comprehension and discussion questions, suggestions for activities, and a bibliography.

Maria S. Marsilio, Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA)
     'The Roman Family.' This PowerPoint presentation provides an introduction to issues of gender and sexuality in the undergraduate Classical Studies Honors courses "Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World," "Golden Age of Rome," and "Society, Democracy, Republic," all taught in English and satisfying Honors, Classical Studies, art-literature, diversity, and ethics-intensive curriculum requirements. These students represent a wide range of disciplines in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Haub School of Business; for the most part they have no background in Latin language, literature, and civilization. These courses introduce them to some fundamental Roman legal terms relating to the status of women in both the Republic and Empire. This presentation, which overviews important aspects of Roman family life, can be adapted for other college courses.

Chris Ann Matteo, The Edmund Burke School (Maryland)
    “A Lesson Plan in Counterpoint: using the Worlds of Roman Women alongside Ecce Romani III.” A unit for 3rd year high school Latin.

Ann R. Raia, The College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
     'Unit on The "Transgressive" Roman Woman' This unit plan introduces students to traditional expectations of Roman women and feminist strategies for interrogating ancient texts (read in Latin or in translation) that negatively portray women who ignore or challenge cultural boundaries established for their sex. Projects with reading selections and discussion questions are outlined for four women who appear in Companion: Fulvia, Clodia Metelli, Lesbia, Julia Augusti. Another nine texts about "transgressive" women are listed whose portrayals by ancient authors can be analyzed against the construct of the ideal Roman matrona (see Lucretia, Cornelia, Octavia).

Ann R. Raia and Judith Lynn Sebesta
Updated September 2019