Department of Classics

AHC 310 • Premodern World

32775 • Kramer, William
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM JGB 2.218
(also listed as HIS 301F)
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“Premodern World” is a lower-division, lecture course that provides an overview of global development from roughly 30,000 BCE to 1500 CE. It introduces students to the main political, social, and cultural trends in a variety of societies while at the same time stressing the global perspective. Considerable emphasis is thus paid to comparative history and the study of cross-cultural encounters. This entry-level course aims to teach historical thinking as well as historical content, impart a basic grasp of the premodern past, and  stimulate the development of large-scale frameworks for historical analysis.

Texts (provisional):

-- Robert W. Strayer, Ways of the World, A Brief Global History with Sources

                                                                        Vol.1: To 1500, Bedford/ St. Martins.

-- Neil MacGregor, A History of the World in 100 Objects, Viking Press.

-- numerous essays and book chapters provided on course website


Exams (3 x 25% each) = 75%; reading worksheets (4 x 5% each) = 20%; attendance & participation = 5%.

AHC 319 • Ancient Mediterranean World

32780-32795 • Perlman, Paula
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM 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.

This course carries the Global Cultures and Writing flags.

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

AHC 325 • Archaic/Classical Greece

32820-32830 • Palaima, Thomas
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 214
(also listed as CTI 375, HIS 354E)
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Studying ancient Greek history gives us the chance to view in microcosm all the variablesthat affect the course of history at other times in other places. We can see human beings and human societies at their best and worst, understand how power works in human societies, weigh decisions and outcomes and how they are made, observe different kinds of political and economic systems, and consider how cultural values are shaped and what influence they have on what human beings do. We shall study the origins of democracy and de-mystify what ancient democracy was. The history of Greece is also a history of warfare and competition. This course surveys Greek history from the palatial period of the late Bronze Age through the ‘Dark Ages’ and the 'polis' period to the rise of Macedonia.

We shall first look at the geography of Greece and how that affects cultural developments. We always want to ask, “What was it like to be alive in these times and places? How did these historical actors (named and anonymous) live within their world?”

We shall also puzzle over how to interpret the often very uneven and very peculiar evidence for the social, political and economic systems that develop in different districts of Greece in 'prehistoric' and historical times.

Throughout we shall be making use of Herodotus, the father of history, and Thucydides, the father of scientific history, as (1)  cultural texts and documents; (2) as insights into the behaviors of human beings and societies in times of crisis and stress; and (3) as inventors of the discipline of history and experimenters with how it is best practiced. We shall also read excerpts from authors like Homer and Hesiod (epic poetry of two different kinds), Solon, Tyrtaeus, Callinus and Archilochus (social song poets), Plutarch (ancient biography), and Greek tragedians.

AHC 325 • Hist Of Rome: The Republic

32800-32815 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as CTI 375, HIS 321M)
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Covers the period from Rome's foundation through Caesar's murder in 44 B.C.  The emphasis placed on the last two centuries of the Republic when problems accumulated and solutions did not.  All the factors contributing to the Republic's fall will discussed:  political, military, social, economic, religious, etc..

This course carries the Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought Course area requirement.

AHC 330 • Machiavelli

32841 • Frazier, Alison
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.132
(also listed as CTI 375, EUS 346, HIS 350L, LAH 350, R S 357)
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This upper-division research seminar takes students through Niccolò Machiavelli’s chief writings. We consider the local, regional, Mediterranean, European, and global aspects of his work. Through class discussion and short written assignments (20%), students will identify a research topic in consultation with the professor.
There are no prerequisites but His 343g “Italian Renaissance” (offered Spr 2016) is strongly recommended.
Readings will include:
Machiavelli: The Prince; The Discourses; The Art of War; Mandragola; Clizia; The Florentine Histories; selected letters and short writings (buy the required translations)
Black: Machiavelli (the best recent biography)
Najemy, ed.: Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli
Course packet of scholarly articles

Each student will write a historiography essay (15%); draft a prospectus (20%); and complete a major research paper (30%). Students will give two oral presentations, one at the prospectus stage (5%), and one upon completion of the research paper (10%).


AHC 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course

(also listed as C C 679HA, HMN 679HA, HMN 679HB, LAS 679HA, LIN 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.

Carries an Independent Inquiry flag.