Department of History
College of Arts & Sciences 201A
The University of Akron

Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 4pm - 5pm

Phone: 330-972-6076 (office), Email:

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Schedule for Spring 2017

Humanities in Western Tradition Lecture & Discussion Section 3400:210-820/821, MW 5:10-6:25 pm, CAS 138

Humanities in Western Tradition Lecture & Discussion Section 3400:210-830/831, TTh 5:10-6:25 pm, CAS 205


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Schedule for Fall 2016

Fall 2016 Courses:

Humanities in Western Tradition Lecture & Discussion Section 3400:210-820/821, MW 5:20-6:35 pm, CAS 145

Humanities in Western Tradition Lecture & Discussion Section 3400:210-830/831, TTh 5:20-6:35 pm, CAS 133


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How Papyrus Was Made

Here's a good site with information from Pliny (a Roman historian) regarding the production of "paper" from the plant papyrus:

And here is another with some lovely images of hieroglyphic writing:

Now think about this: How has writing and the production of an easy to use and carry substance like papyrus (remember those clunky clay tablets that Gilgamesh used?) changed the nature of history? How would our history be different if we could not write it down?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Things I Write on the Board (or What You Need to Know for Humanities Exam 2)

This is the brainstorming we did in review for the exam. Don't panic if you see boards here you don't remember from your class. These are things we wrote on the board for review for exam 2 in all four of my sections of Humanities this Spring. Just think of it as a bonus that you get to see what other sections thought was important.

Note the shift in names from Greek Gods to Roman Gods

Especially important for this exam is understanding the shifts in religious thought from Judaism to Christianity to Islam. Be able to cite examples from the texts.

Here's some stuff we came up with when discussing Paul's letter to the Romans:

 More in class review:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Questions to consider while reading:

Ovid’s The Art of Love


  1. Who were the “leading lights in the literary culture of Augustan Rome”?
  2. How were wealthy Roman women different from women of classical Athens?
  3. "Fearful that Roman society was becoming too decadent,” what did Augustus do?

The Art of Love

  1. How does he refer to Love at the beginning of the poem?
  2. According to Ovid, how is a successful man expected to behave toward women?
  3. What is Ovid’s view of the nature of women?
  4. What purpose do allusions to Greek and Roman mythology serve? Are they just “window dressing” or do they significantly enhance the ideas set forth concerning love?
  5. What picture of life in Augustan Rome does this poem give you?
  6. Describe some of the specific “arts” or techniques recommended by Ovid. Do you think that some of them are used today?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Antigone, Interrupted: Greek Tragedy and the Future" a lecture by Bonnie Honig

Bonnie Honig presents her inaugural lecture as the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor in Political Science at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Delivered February 9, 2010.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cathedral - David Macauley

Watch the David Macauley video Cathedral (the book companion is Cathedral: The Story of its Construction). Good for understanding how the aristocracy, the guilds, the towns, and the church all combined to build a medieval cathedral.