Department of Classics

AHC 310 • Medieval Millennium Eur

32740 • Newman, Martha
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WEL 3.502
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 319D • Ancient Mediterranean World

32745-32760 • Lee, Kevin
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.306
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

32785-32795 • Campa, Naomi
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 101
GCWr (also listed as CTI 375, HIS 354E)
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The Greek world between 3000 and 338 BCE witnessed the first philosophers of the west, the birth of the genre history, the creation of the Olympics, the invention of democracy, and the construction of stunning monuments such as the Parthenon. At the same time, the Greeks were responsible for razing the cities of other Greeks, sentencing Socrates to death on a charge of corrupting the youth, and enslaving human beings. However much ancient Greeks might seem like us, they must be viewed as a foreign people, removed in both time and culture. Using a variety of original sources, including ancient texts, inscriptions, and archaeological remains, this course will survey the development of Greek political and social history from prehistory to Phillip II’s conquest of Greece. Special attention will be paid to political and cultural events in Athens in the 6th through 4th centuries.
The format of this course is a mix of lecture and discussion. This means that by enrolling, you are agreeing to take an active role in your education: classes are what you make them!  Being prepared is essential to a successful semester. My lectures are designed to supplement the assigned reading by exploring aspects of it in greater depth or by bringing in additional material and context. They will not simply be summaries of the readings. You are responsible for material in lectures as well as in the readings. Lectures will be punctuated with question/answer sections, which you should be prepared to answer.

AHC 325 • Hist Rome: The Republic-Wb

32765-32780 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets MW 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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..

Carries the Global Cultures flag.

AHC 330 • 2-Epics And Heroes Of India-Wb

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AHC 330 • Great Works In Medicine

32805 • Curtis, Todd
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM WAG 201
EWr (also listed as CTI 373)
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Great Works in the History of Medicine

This course is part of the Thomas Jefferson Center’s Core Texts and Ideas (CTI) program. In keeping with the spirit of Mortimer Adler's Great Books of the Western World and Charles William Eliot's Harvard Universal Classics, this course will thematically examine signature works in the history of medicine. There are numerous reasons for using the great books approach to teaching the history of medicine. In addition to providing professional inspiration, sense of continuity with the past, and an awareness of medicine's unique role in society, this approach can foster a healthy sense of skepticism about the content and durability of medical dogma allowing students to think more critically about the principles and practices of medicine. The great books in the history of medicine provide numerous examples of why one should be prepared to question long-standing views for the sake of progress. Furthermore, the history of medicine can be a "kindly, useful mentor" which not only provides a forum for meaningful exchanges between physicians and historians, but also allows both groups a means to link historical knowledge to contemporary issues in order to reform medicine and bring about change in public policy. The approach taken in this class will be of great use to pre-med students and to students interested in international and public health.

To better understand the unique implications of the different areas of medicine, each week will entail reading a signature work that is representative of a key topic in the history of medicine (e.g. pharmacology, pathology, anatomy, surgery). After performing an analytical reading of the text with respect to its historical context, students will focus on discovering ethical principles in the text that can be used for modern applications.

Flags: The course carries an Ethics Flag and a Writing Flag. Assessment: One long and two short research papers, graded in-class writing activities. No final. Readings: Jacalyn Duffin, History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction, 2010 ISBN 978-0802095565; all other readings will be available on CANVAS or through the library’s electronic resources.