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Prior to August, syllabi on the Classics Department website will reflect the courses as they were offered in the last term or year.  Significant changes in emphasis in course material may occur from year to year, including grading methodology, grade weighting and assignments.   Up-to-date syllabi will be available to students by the first day of class.

 CLST 205*
Ancient Humour

Blended Learning format.  


Dr. R. Drew Griffith
Watson Hall 513

Teaching Assistants: 

(Who will be leading the Group-Learning Sessions and the sessions they will be facilitating; their office is Watson Hall 504; office-hours to be posted)

Learning Sessions Timetable
(class times, locations and Teaching Assistant contact info)
(110 kb)



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Griffith, R. Drew and Marks, Robert B. 2011.
A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Agora: Ancient Greek and Roman Humour, 2nd Revised Ed. (Agora Harder). Kingston, Ontario. REQUIRED
Four Plays by Aristophanes. Translated by William Arrowsmith, Richmond Lattimore, and Douglas Parker. New York, 1984.  RECOMMENDED
Sullivan, J. P.,
The Satyricon and the Apocolocyntosis. London: Penguin Books, 1986. RECOMMENDED

Course Structure

There will be four lectures, one on the first Monday of the term, the second on the first Tuesday of term, the third on the sixth Tuesday of term,  and the last on the last Tuesday of the term.  All four will be in the Duncan McArthur Auditorium on west campus between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.).

Each week there is one narrated slide-show that students can access on Moodle at their convenience.  This will take the place of the weekly lectures, and also introduce the assignments for the Group Learning Sessions.

Every student will have to enroll in one Group Learning Session, and attend their one-and-a-half-hour weekly meetings, where they will perform tasks set out in the week’s narrated slide show.  Each week will end with a summary of the week's activities by the professor posted on Moodle.

Every other week there will be a 40-question multiple-choice test accessible on Moodle.

Marking Scheme

The tests are worth 10% of the final mark each.  I will automatically drop the lowest of the six marks.

A total of 20% of the final mark will be awarded for attendance in the Group Learning Sessions.  Students who attend all twelve sessions will get 20%.  Students who attend ten or eleven will get 15% and students who attend nine or less, will get 0%.  You must attend YOUR OWN Group Learning Session.  You cannot substitute another session for the one in which you are registered.

A total of 30% of the final mark will be awarded, according to the following rubric, for participation in the Group Learning Sessions:

Learning Sessions Rubric (51kb)

There will be no essay, and no final examination.

Schedule of Readings

  • Week One 
    Griffith and Marks chapter one
  • Week Two 
    Griffith and Marks chapter two
  • Week Three 
     Griffith and Marks chapter three
  • Week Four
    Griffith and Marks chapter four
  • Week Five
     Griffith and Marks chapter five
  • Week Six
    Griffith and Marks chapter six
  • Week Seven
    Griffith and Marks chapter seven
  • Week Eight
     Griffith and Marks chapter eight
  • Week Nine
    Griffith and Marks chapter nine
  • Week Ten
    Griffith and Marks chapter ten
  • Week Eleven
    Griffith and Marks chapter eleven
    Lattimore et al.
  • Week Twelve
    Griffith and Marks chapter twelve

Log in to Moodle

Test-Taking Policy


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Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity. Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see  Academic Regulations), on the Arts and Science website and from the instructor of this course.

Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation, forgery and falsification, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.

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Disability Accommodations

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This page was last updated 06 September, 2013.

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