What can instructors offer students of antiquity that is as close to the ancient experience as possible, something that is both tangible and interactive?
Often, introductory ancient Greek and Latin texts for classicists feature artificial passages constructed specifically for instruction (noun verb object: the sailor gives the roses to the girl). While these have the benefit of being directly tailored to the class’s skill level, they lack an important aspect of authenticity, as well as the confidence boost translating an actual ancient text could give a budding philologist.
For students of classical history and archaeology, particularly those who lack experience in the languages, exposure to primary resources can be even more limited. Our digitized collection of epigraphic squeezes, along with tailored teaching modules, addresses this limitation. The size of our squeeze collection makes it possible to isolate texts appropriate to various levels of student learning and build teaching modules around actual ancient texts. Check out the response to our pilot project in the spring of 2015 here.
We are also providing introductory courses on pottery analysis and numismatics, using examples from UBC’s Fuller, Blackmore and Todd collections to illustrate key points.
From Stone to Screen is creating teaching modules using the primary sources from our teaching collections. Each module is designed to fill a a 50-minute class, but can easily be modified to a 5-20 minute brief introduction as well, and we encourage any interested party to adapt and modify the material to suit their teaching needs.
Our current courses are:
- The Athenian Tribute Lists – an introductory level course on the tribute lists and a worksheet on reading Greek numbers.
- Reading & Understanding Roman Imperial Coins – an introduction to numismatics using coins from our Todd Collection.
- Visual Association in Imperial Promotion – a deeper look at the images chosen for Imperial coinage, intended for a 200 level course.
If you have any questions or suggestions for what you may want to see in the modules, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.