Some Cool PowerPoint Slides on Roman History and the Bible

This week I finished teaching my first independent university course, for which I  constructed my own website and curriculum. I have previously taught Latin and Greek courses from prepared syllabi, as well as discussion sections for courses on Greek and Roman history, but this is the first time that I got to construct an entire course curriculum on my own.

The course I taught was an introduction course to the Roman Empire, titled “CLAS/HIST 37B: Roman Empire.” As part of teaching this course I had to produce a large number of PowerPoint slides for each class lecture. There were 15 lectures total (each covering a 2 hour class). For each lecture, I made a PowerPoint presentation with about 20-25 slides (adding up to an approximate 300-375 slides total).

I have decided to leave the course website up, both because I plan to use it for future job applications and for anyone who is interested in reading the material:


If you are interested in checking out some cool PowerPoint slides, which cover approximately 300 years of Roman history (c. 49 BCE – 235 CE), you can find them on the course website under “Lecture Slides.” The slides actually cover even more years than that, since I incorporated a fair amount of broader world history into the course.

On a similar note: a couple of years ago, when I was completing my M.A. in Classics (emphasis in Ancient History) at the University of Arizona, I was asked by a professor teaching an Early Christianity course to give a presentation about the books of the Christian Bible. In the presentation I gave overviews of all 66 books of the Protestant Bible, as well the 73 books of the Catholic Bible, and other apocrypha.

If you are interested, you can read the slides from my presentation, “The Biblical Scriptures,” here as well.

-Matthew Ferguson

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