Department of Classics

AHC 310 • Western Civ In Medieval Times

32305 • Kaufman, Cheryl
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 136
(also listed as CTI 310, HIS 309K)
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This course offers an introductory survey of Medieval Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E.  Although primary 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. There are no prerequisites for this class or prior knowledge of European history.


Required Texts: 

Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages

(2014 single 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)


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

32310-32325 • Bolt, Thomas
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM WAG 214
(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

32350-32360 • Patterson, James
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.120
(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

32330-32345 • Riggsby, Andrew
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 Crusades

32369 • Newman, Martha
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM CLA 1.108
(also listed as EUS 346, HIS 350L, R S 375S)
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This course has a Writing Flag and an Independent Inquiry Flag and I will apply for a Global Cultures Flag.  Crosslist with Religious Studies

What were the crusades?  Was a crusade an armed pilgrimage, holy war, or a war of conquest?  What motivated those who fought and those supported these expeditions?  What were the political, cultural, and religious developments that led to the crusades and what were their legacies both in Europe and in the eastern Mediterranean?   This research seminar explores these questions by examining both accounts of crusades written by medieval authors and modern historians' interpretations of these documents.  In the process, we will investigate religious encounters between eastern and western Christians, Christian heretics, Jews, Muslims, and polytheists; political, military, and cultural changes of the high middle ages; and the ways that crusading ideas and symbols have been reused in contemporary politics and popular culture.


Jonathan Riley-Smith. The Crusades:  A History  Yale, 2005  

Robert the Monk, History of the First Crusade, trans. Carol Sweetenham (Ashgate, 2006).

The Song of Roland.  Trans. Michael Newth. (Italica Press, 2015)

Joinville and Villehardouin, Chronicles of the Crusades (Penguin, 2009)

Selected documents and articles in a reader.

Class attendence, preparation, discussion, and in-class work:         25%

Research paper on a topic of a student's choice (15 pages):             75%

            Library Assignment/ Annotated bibliography     5%

            Source analysis                                                       5%

            Draft                                                                           20%

            Oral presentation                                                     10%

            Peer Review of others                                              5%

            Final draft                                                                  30%

AHC 330 • The Dead Sea Scrolls

32370 • Kaplan, Jonathan
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 201
(also listed as CTI 375, HIS 364G, J S 364, MEL 321, MES 342, R S 353D)
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Dead Sea Scrolls

For almost seventy years, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has influenced significantly our understanding of Second Temple Judaism, the formation of the Bible, and the origins of the religious movements of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. This course presents an in-depth study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in order to understand better the development of law, interpretation, ritual, messianism, apocalypticism, and prayer in the late Second Temple period. This course will include discussion of the archaeology of the Qumran community, textual production and transmission in antiquity, scribal practices in antiquity, and pseudonymous authorship.

AHC 378 • Economies Of The Greek Cities

32372 • Carusi, Cristina
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM CLA 0.108
(also listed as C C 375)
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Over the past few decades the study of the ancient economy has developed into one of the most intriguing and promising research fields in classical studies. Thanks to new studies of ancient documents and archaeological evidence, and new theoretical frameworks, we can now reconstruct more fully many important sectors of the private and public economy of the ancient Greek world, including agriculture, craft industries, mining, building, trade, coinage, and taxation.

This course will explore these and related topics within the context of the Greek city from the archaic age to the Hellenistic period, with special attention to classical Athens.

The course will be conducted as a seminar with student participation central to its success.  We will discuss key topics using the full range of ancient evidence, from literary and epigraphic sources to archaeological remains. Drawing on recent scholarship, we will also explore research methodology and theoretical problems raised by the study of the ancient economy.

This course carries the Writing flag and the Independent Inquiry flag.

AHC 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course

(also listed as C C 679HB, HMN 679HA, HMN 679HB, LIN 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, Greek 679HA and 679HB, Latin 679HA and 679HB, or Classical Civilization 679HA and 679HB, 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.