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*Please note that course syllabi are updated each year in late August 
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 343*
The Later Roman Empire

Class Meetings: Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am and Fridays 8:30-10:00am.


George Bevan
Office: Classics Dept. 510 (Watson Hall)
Tel: 613 533-6000 ext. 78847
E-mail: or
(Please use “CLST343” in the subject line of your e-mails, and give your full name in the body; you should also try to use a queensu or gmail e-mail account)
Website: TBA

Teaching Assistant:

James Morton -

Evaluation Scheme

Short Paper (5 pages), due 13 October (15%)
Essay Abstract and Bibliography, due 12 November (10%)
Final Research Paper (10-15 pages), due 3 December (40%)
Final examination, date TBA (35%)

It is recommended that you be present at the tests and final examination as there may not be an opportunity to write make-up tests. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A DOCUMENTED PERSONAL OR MEDICAL PROBLEM.

Required texts

(all available at the Queen’s Campus Bookstore)

1. David Potter, The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-395 (London and New York 2004) (=P)

2. Michael Maas, Readings in Late Antiquity (London and New York 2000) (=M)

N.B. Additional readings available online Provisional Schedule of Lectures and Readings

 Schedule of Lectures and Readings


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is constituted by the five core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility (see These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the intellectual life of the University (see the Senate Report on Principles and Priorities

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 Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website (see, 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.


The material in this outline is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in CLST 343.  This material shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in CLST 343.  Failure to abide by these conditions constitutes a breach of academic integrity under the University Senate's Academic Integrity Policy Statement.

This page was last updated 05 January, 2011.

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