Roman Art

Welcome back! The following download links will provide you with the supplementary material for our Roman art history unit, which we’ll cover Monday, 11/28, and probably Tuesday, 11/29 as well. We’ll have the standard quiz on this section Friday, Dec. 2.

Roman Art slide sheet

Roman Art slides (PowerPoint)


***Added 11/28***

Here’s a copy of the helpful hints sheet (with names of Roman vs. Greek gods/goddesses) that I will give you in class to supplement Ovid. In case you misplace the sheet and still need to do at-home reading, use this to help you!

Ovid Terms Sheet


Final Plato – Assessment Options

Congrats! Having already written a critique, you have the priviledge of choosing your own final assessment for Plato. You can choose a standard, analytical close-reading, an essay that incorporates examples from the contemporary world, or your very own Socratic dialogue, in which you address your own concerns about the world, belief, and reason.

Click below for a full description of each option, including a new rubric for the Socratic Dialogue. Both essays (Options 1 & 2) will be scored according to the standard rubric for analytical papers, as seen on your critiques.

A partial draft (2+ pages) is due for peer editing on Monday, 11/21.

The final draft is due Monday, 11/28, the day we come back from Thanksgiving break. Email me with any questions before then!

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Plato’s Cave

Our next – and last – piece from Plato will be an excerpt from his book The Republic, commonly known as “The Allegory of the Cave.” According to Plato’s descriptions in this section, many people have drawn their own images to clarify what this “cave” and those who reside in it are like. (These will make the most sense if you compare/contrast them with the reading and in-class notes.)

This one is less clear (no labels), but a much more dynamic image:

P.S.: Hopefully, by the end of your journey through Humanities I, you’ll all feel so enlightened/educated that you’ll sport one of these:

Do-It-Yourself Dialogue

What is virtue? Can it be taught?

Here are the requirements for your partner dialogues. Remember to have someone proofread the final copy, which is due Monday, November 7!

(And remember – Socrates himself argues in favor of both answers in two different dialogues…so anything goes, as along as your reasons are clear.)

Create your own Socratic dialogue – “Virtue”

  • Begin with a hypothesis – For example, choose one person’s definition of virtue & their claim that it can or cannot be taught.
  • Have a conversation – Discuss the differences in your approaches to this issue. If you begin with an informal discussion and make some notes about it for brainstorming, your formal, written dialogue will be easier to compose.
  • Together, write a formal Socratic dialogue in which you debate your two sides.
    • Look back at Euthyphro to remind yourself of the format. (It looks like a play!)
    • Consider that Socrates is always concerned with the exact definitions of words and the assumptions that we make about them. Use your critical thinking skills! Poke holes in your partner’s arguments – even if you’re just playing “devil’s advocate” at times!
    • Conclude your dialogue in a logical place. You can either end with one party persuaded to the other’s side, or you can end in a deadlock – but articulate it clearly in your writing.
    • Have a partner type the final copy! It should be 2+ typed pages, if not more. The final copy should be proofread for spelling, grammar, typos, etc. Make sure both names are on the final, and that it is double spaced.