Department of Classics

AHC 310 • Western Civ In Medieval Times

32860 • Kaufman, Cheryl
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM WEL 2.312
(also listed as CTI 310, EUS 306, HIS 309K)
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This course offers an introductory survey of Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E. Although textual sources are central to the study of history, we will also focus on visual and material sources to discuss the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, with a focus on the formation of identity. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments.

 

Objectives:

Learn to analyze and articulate meaning from primary sources created in the Middle Ages - both texts and material culture.

Learn to read critically and gain a broad understanding of European history. Gain the ability to describe the major historical trends in the history of Western Civilization during the Middle Ages.

Become more aware of material culture and the significance of place/space both in the medieval and modern world.

 

Develop a deeper understanding of cultures that may be different from our own. (Note that this course has a Global Cultures flag)

 

Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages (2014 - one volume ISBN: 978-1-4426-0611-1) paperback

Augustine, Confessions (translated by F.J. Sheed)

Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics, translated by Lewis Thorpe)

The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (translated by Betty Radice)

Additional required readings will be made available electronically on Canvas or in a required Course Packet. 

 

 

Map quiz: 5%

Quizzes (including pop quizzes): 15%

Mid-semester exams (cumulative): 30% (2 @ 15% each)

Final exam (cumulative): 30%

Attendance: 10%

Class Participation: 10%


AHC 319 • Ancient Mediterranean World

32865-32880 • Gulizio, Joann
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM WAG 101
(also listed as C C 319D, HIS 319D)
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"Ancient Mediterranean World" surveys the major civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Italy from the dawn of the city around 3000 BC through the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 400s AD. Beyond providing a basic historical framework, the course explores the surprising ways in which the various civilizations of the area influenced one another culturally. We will examine interactions between Egyptians, Sumerians, Hittites, Hebrews, Persians, Greeks and Romans, among others. Students will also learn about the different types of evidence, both literary and archaeological, on which knowledge of the ancient world is based. There are two lectures and one discussion section per week.

Carries the Global Cultures and Writing flags.

Fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.


AHC 325 • Alexander/Hellenistic World

32905-32920 • Carusi, Cristina
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 201
(also listed as HIS 351D)
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Alexander and the Hellenistic World

This course covers Greek history from the subordination of Greece to Philip II, king of Macedonia, and his heir and successor Alexander the Great, in 338 BCE through the Hellenistic world's loss of independence to Rome some 300 years later. This era is defined by the charismatic figure of Alexander the Great and by his military campaigns, which led to the conquest of all the eastern Mediterranean and made possible the spread of Greek culture all over Anatolia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, and Egypt. After Alexander's death, his empire was divided into the three Hellenistic kingdoms of Egypt, Syria, and Macedonia until Rome's progressive absorption of them in the 2nd and 1st c. BCE.

The course will devote roughly equal time to covering major events and personalities, exploring key developments in culture and society, and examining the various types of evidence available for the era (literary, epigraphic, papyrological, and archeological sources). There will be two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion each week. The two lectures will combine historical outline with the exploration of specific themes and problems, such as systems of government, social structures, economy, culture, religion, and war, while the discussion sections will be focused on how to analyze, interpret, and use ancient sources.

This course carries the Global Cultures flag.


AHC 325 • History Of Rome: The Empire

32885-32900 • Taylor, Rabun
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 201
(also listed as HIS 321)
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This class will cover the story of the Roman empire from the death of Caesar to the fall of Rome in A.D. 476.  After working our way through the narrative of this period (about half the semester), we will examine a number of topics that cut across time.  The course will touch on politics, law, war, the economy, social classes, gender, material culture, and archaeology.

This course carries the Global Cultures flag.

This course fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.


AHC 330 • The Dead Sea Scrolls

32925 • Kaplan, Jonathan
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 201
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.


AHC 378 • Literacy/Numeracy/Visuality

32930 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM WAG 112
(also listed as C C 375)
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This course will analyze three basic ancient information technologies (literacy, numeracy, and what we will call visuality, i.e. "reading" and "writing" by means of visual representations), largely by tracing the history of how modern scholars have analyzed those practices over the last century or so. 

Class will focus on ancient Rome and (to a lesser extent) Greece, but students with a strong interest in comparable ancient societies (e.g. Near East, India, China) will have an opportunity to work on projects in their area of interest, if some expert supervision can be arranged.

This course carries the Independent inquiry and Writing flags.


AHC 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course

32935
(also listed as AAS 679HA, AAS 679HB, AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, C C 679HB, GK 679HA, GK 679HB, HMN 679HA, HMN 679HB, J S 679HA, J S 679HB, LAS 679HA, LAS 679HB, LAT 679HA, LAT 679HB, LIN 679HB, WGS 679HA, WGS 679HB)
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Prerequisites:  Upper-division standing and admission to the Classics Honors Program.

Supervised conference course for honors candidates in classics. Three conference hours a week for two semesters.

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Ancient History and Classical Civilization, special honors in Greek, special honors in Latin, or special honors in Classics should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at least one full academic year before they expect to graduate. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in the coursework required for the major of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements of the major, are (1) AHC 679HA and 679HB-W, Greek 679HA and 679HB-W, Latin 679HA and 679HB-W, or Classical Civilization 679HA and 679HB-W, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and an “A” in each half of the honors tutorial course; and (3) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Requirements for the Honors Thesis

(1.) The student must discuss the Honors program option with the Faculty Academic Advisor.
(2.) The student must fill out and have signed a Conference Course form for the 679HA and 679HB-W courses.
(3.) The student must spend one semester enrolled in 679HA for directed reading and research under a faculty mentor.
(4.) The student must spend one semester enrolled in 679HB-W writing the Honors Thesis. Students should consult a semester academic calendar and consult with their faculty mentors to determine a schedule for completion of the Thesis. A second faculty reader must also review the Thesis.
(5.) The College of Liberal Arts expects a Thesis to require at least 20 pages of reviewed and revised text. Although there is no other required minimum, the Thesis should consist of more substantial output.
(6.) The final version of the Thesis must be turned in to the Department of Classics Undergraduate Advisor in an electronic (PDF) format or bound copy.

This course carries the Independent inquiry flag.


AHC 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course

32940
(also listed as AAS 679HA, AAS 679HB, AHC 679HA, C C 679HA, C C 679HB, GK 679HA, GK 679HB, HMN 679HA, HMN 679HB, J S 679HA, J S 679HB, LAS 679HA, LAS 679HB, LAT 679HA, LAT 679HB, LIN 679HB, WGS 679HA, WGS 679HB)
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Prerequisite: AHC 679HA.

Supervised conference course for honors candidates in classics. Three conference hours a week for two semesters.

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Ancient History and Classical Civilization, special honors in Greek, special honors in Latin, or special honors in Classics should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at least one full academic year before they expect to graduate. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in the coursework required for the major of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements of the major, are (1) AHC 679HA and 679HB-W, Greek 679HA and 679HB-W, Latin 679HA and 679HB-W, or Classical Civilization 679HA and 679HB-W, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and an “A” in each half of the honors tutorial course; and (3) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Requirements for the Honors Thesis

(1.) The student must discuss the Honors program option with the Faculty Academic Advisor.
(2.) The student must fill out and have signed a Conference Course form for the 679HA and 679HB-W courses.
(3.) The student must spend one semester enrolled in 679HA for directed reading and research under a faculty mentor.
(4.) The student must spend one semester enrolled in 679HB-W writing the Honors Thesis. Students should consult a semester academic calendar and consult with their faculty mentors to determine a schedule for completion of the Thesis. A second faculty reader must also review the Thesis.
(5.) The College of Liberal Arts expects a Thesis to require at least 20 pages of reviewed and revised text. Although there is no other required minimum, the Thesis should consist of more substantial output.
(6.) The final version of the Thesis must be turned in to the Department of Classics Undergraduate Advisor in an electronic (PDF) format or bound copy.

This course carries the Independent inquiry flag.