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LibraryThing: Science in Ancient Mesopotamia Week 6: Roman Science

Roman science

In our whirlwind tour of ancient science, this week we make our stop in the Roman empire. As usual, we only have time for some brief sidetrips that merely scratch the surface, before our time-machine tour bus will depart for the next weekly stop. But while we are here in late ancient Rome, our aim will be to get to know these scientists and engineers in terms of their own place and time. We'll not be like tourists in Rome, Pergamum, or Seville who seek fast food at McDonald's. We'll take nothing for granted.

Roman science assignments

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Due Date*
Pts
Activity Time
1.1 Tuesday 8/26
11:59 p.m.*
10

1. Starting Assumptions
Think about what you know already about the culture and period, share your knowledge and experience with other students in the class

30 min.
1.2 Wednesday 8/27
11:59 p.m.*
25

2. Topic 1: Early Roman science + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation
The first of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
1.3 Thursday 8/28
11:59 p.m.*
25

3. Topic 2: Later Roman science + Quiz
Background: Without a sense of context, history is anachronistic.
Primary sources: Without documentary evidence, history is speculation

The second of two topic assignments per week involving both background and primary sources.

90 min.
1.4 Friday 8/29
11:59 p.m.*
20 4. Interpretation
Unless it explains, history is trivial.
Write a short persuasive essay agreeing or disagreeing with a common interpretation about the topic and expressing your own view
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60 min.
1.5 Monday
11:59 p.m.
10 5. Online Resource Project
Over the course of the semester, we will assemble a catalog of online resources for exploring the history of science.
60 min.
1.6 Monday 8/31
11:59 p.m.*
10

6. Reflection + Peer Responses
Think about all that you did this week, including reading the Interpretation Essays of other students, and share your thoughts and ideas with other students in the class

30 min.
 Total pts
100
Total time
6 hours

 

“I know that I am mortal and living but a day. Yet when I search for the numerous turning spirals of the stars, I no longer have my feet on the Earth, But am beside Zeus himself, Filling myself with god-nurturing ambrosia.” Anonymous ancient epigraph attributed to Ptolemy.

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
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Brent Purkaple, TA

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