Department of Classics

AHC 310 • Medieval Millennium Europe

32740 • Newman, Martha
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 3.112
GC (also listed as HIS 309M)
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Our images of medieval Europe are often shaped more by contemporary popular culture and modern politics than by the historical record.  Scholars, however, have broadened their understanding of the period to incorporate material culture, as well as data from climate science, genetics, and archeology, into their traditional analysis of written documents. This class draws on recent studies of European history between 500 and 1500 to explore how the social practices, ideas, and institutions of the European middle ages developed through interactions with Europe’s neighbors. Themes include: climate change and disease; archeological evidence for everyday life; the relationship between trade and political power; the articulation of religious, ethnic, and gendered differences; intellectual interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims; and the formation of empires.

Here’s what we will investigate together:
• important events, people, and places within the medieval millennium (500-1500)
• how interactions with peoples, ideas, and material objects from the Middle East, Asia and Africa shaped medieval European culture
• the documents and material objects that scholars use to study medieval Europe, and how to understand the perspectives of their authors and their audiences
• how historians formulate arguments and conversations
• an understanding of how societies change
 the modern fascination with the medieval past, and ways of understandingcultures different from our own
• how to write and speak more clearly, to articulate your position or argument, and to support it effectively and respectfully.


Barbara Rosenwein, A Short History of the Middle Ages (5th edition). University of Toronto Press, 2018

Articles, translated documents and images will be available on Canvas


Midterm  20%

Final Exam 30%

Reading response handouts and class participation 20%

Group research project and oral presentation   30%. 

AHC 310 • The Premodern World

32735 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM UTC 3.112
GC (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. While covering the content of the human past, we will also investigate methods of historical study to discover how history is constructed from both material remains and written sources.  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.

-- textbook, to be determined
-- numerous essays and book chapters provided on course website

Exams (3 x 25% each) = 75%; digital history project (3 x 5% each) = 15%; map quizzes = 5%; attendance & participation = 5%.

AHC 319D • Ancient Mediterranean World

Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM WAG 201
GC (also listed as C C 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 flag and fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought course area requirement.

AHC 325 • Archaic/Classical Greece

Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM JES A216A
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AHC 325 • Hist Of Rome: The Republic

32765-32780 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM WAG 201
GC (also listed as CTI 327D)
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AHC 330 • Epics And Heroes Of India

32800 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM GAR 0.120
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AHC 330 • Great Works In Medicine

32805 • Curtis, Todd
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM RLP 0.122
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