CCIV 243 WOMEN AND THE POLIS
T Th 2:40-4 pm
Marilyn A. Katz
Department of Classical Studies
335 Science Tower
Office Hours: TTh 12-1 pm
This course will study women in ancient Greece in
relation to the history and institutions of the polis
(city-state), and will give equal weight to each of the two
course title topics ("women" and "polis"). Beginning with
the subject of (1) women and the origins of the polis in the
archaic period, we will go on to study (2) women in relation
to the religious, political, economic, social, and judicial
institutions of the polis in the classical period, and then
(3) to reconsider each of these two main topics in more
depth, by discussing together the results of students'
researches into a variety of sub-topics. The main focus of
the course will be on women and the socio-cultural
institutions of ancient Greece in the archaic and early
classical periods. In each week of the course, reading from
a secondary source will be paired with reading of a primary
Preference for registration for this course is given to
Classics and Classical Studies Majors, Women's Studies
Majors, Seniors, and Juniors, with no preferential
distinctions among these groups. Sophomores have second
priority; Frosh are not eligible for admission.
Reading: Required Texts and Other Materials
All texts assigned for purchase are available at Atticus;
be sure to check the Book Co-op, too, for used versions of
some of these. There are also links on the Web to most of
the assigned readings. Copies of all required and optional
texts for the course are on 4-hour reserve for the course in
Olin. Copies of some texts are also available in the
Classical Studies Seminar Room (334 Science Center), which
is open 24 hours a day. These texts can be used only in
the seminar room and should not be removed.
in Ancient Athens, Leckie, "Misogyny,"
and Katz, "Did
the Women of Ancient Athens Attend the Theatre in the
Eighteeenth Century?" (Web Sites). These are
background materials available on the Web. Please read
them before coming to the first class on January 22.
Assigned Texts to be purchased:
Fine, The Ancient Greeks (Harvard, 1983)
Blundell, Women in Ancient Greece (Harvard, 1995)
Henderson, trans., Three Plays by Aristophanes: Staging
Women (Routledge, 1996)
Hesiod, Works and Days and Theogony (Hackett,
Herodotus, Histories (Penguin, 1996)
Xenophon, Conversations of Socrates (Penguin,
Lloyd, ed., Hippocratic Writings (Penguin,
Fantham et al., Women in the Classical World
(Oxford, 1994) (optional; resource text)
Morkot, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient
Greece (Penguin, 1996) (optional)
Assigned Reading on Web Sites:
Children and Men"
Thomas Martin, Overview
of Archaic and Classical Greek History
Selections from Homer, Pindar, Alcaeus, Sappho,
For each week, there are supplementary materials
(background information and study questions) available on
the web site for the course. Students should familiarize
themselves with these materials as they are preparing their
assignments, and before coming to class.
Writing: Written Assignments
Each student will be required to develop an HTML
project (a World Wide Web Site) for the course.
Early on in the semester, there will be a evening-hour
tutorial session to teach you the basics of constructing a
Web Site; a student will also be available for consultation
throughout the semester.
The midterm for the course will consist of an HTML
outline for your project. Topics are posted on the
243 Paper Topics Site. There are also links to sites
which will help you in developing your project.
If you would like to get an idea of what such a project
might look like, consult the "papers"
submitted for Classics 135 at Tufts University in
Spring 1997. This will also show you that working on such a
project offers a great deal of scope for imagination and
that, once you get through the basics of Web Page
construction, it will be fun!
During the last five class sessions, and during the three
hours reserved for this course during exam period, students
will present their WEB SITE PROJECTS to the class. The
assigned reading for these classes will cover the material
on which the Web Site is based. (For each project, the
assigned reading will be roughly equivalent to one Greek
here to access the sites posted by the students in this
class as their final
Discussion: Class Attendance and Other
This course is a discussion seminar. Students are
expected to complete the readings and other assignments
before class, hand in outlines on time and come to class
prepared to discuss the material assigned for that day. Each
student will receive a grade for class participation, which
will include a grade reflecting their comments on other
students' projects, and this grade will make up 50%
of the final grade for the course.
Thus, if you do not come to class prepared on a
regular basis, and do not participate in class
discussion regularly, you will do poorly in this course.
Take this requirement seriously and consider its
implications before enrolling for this course!
To make it easier for you to do well in this part of the
course, there is a HyperNews
Site for the course on which you can (a) continue
discussion of issues raised in class and introduce new
issues related to the week's topic, and (b) contribute your
thoughts and ideas in the event that you have to miss class
for medical, sports, family emergency, or other pressing
To see what a course HyperNews Site looks like, link here to
Site for CCIV 110 (Fall 1997), where students posted
their papers and commented on each others' papers. (This
link will be removed shortly after the beginning of the
Spring 1998 semester.)
See also the Forum for Religion 204 (Fall 1997). Follow this
link to the Homepage
for Religion 204 and click on Forum in the left-hand
Frame. This site resembles closely what ours for CCIV 243
will look like.
Your HTML outline and HTML final project (described above
under 2. Writing) will make up 50% of your final
and summary of course deadlines
Note: From the Syllabus you can link to all course
materials. Locally-created maps and images, however, will
not be visible on the WWW; they will appear on all pages
accessed from servers within the Wesleyan domain
1. Hydria with Domestic Scene by the Niobid Painter. ca. 460
BCE. New York: The Solow Art and Architecture Foundation.
Source: Ellen Reeder, Pandora: Women in Classical
Greece, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1995.
2. White-ground lekythos by the Klügmann Painter with
Woman Reading from Papyrus Scroll. ca. 440 BCE. Paris:
Louvre (CA 2220); ARV2 1199.25.
3. Red-figure stemless cup by Douris with School Scene. ca.
490 BCE. Berlin: Staatliche Museum (F2285). ARV2 431-2.48.
Source: T. B. L. Webster, Everyday Life in Classical
Athens, New York, G. P. Putnam, 1969.
4. Terracotta pair of women conversing from Myrina. ca. 200
BCE. London: British Museum (C529, H. B. Walters, Catalogue
of Teracottas ). Source: J. G. Pedley,
Greek Art and Archaeology, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:
Last revised 18 October 2004