Department of Classics

AHC 310 • The Ancient Middle East

33590 • Bjoeru, Oeyvind
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 301
GC (also listed as MEL 301J, MES 301J)
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Introductory survey of premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

AHC 319D • Ancient Mediterranean World

33595-33610 • Craven, Stephanie
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM 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 • Alexander/Hellenistic World

33635-33645 • Perlman, Paula
Meets MW 11:00AM-12:00PM RLP 0.104
GCWr (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 Writing and Global Cultures flags.

AHC 325 • History Of Rome: The Empire

33615-33630 • Taylor, Rabun
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM WAG 201
GC (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 • Epics And Heroes Of India

33649 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM GAR 0.132
GCWr (also listed as ANS 373G, CTI 344, HIS 350L)
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This undergraduate seminar focuses on India's classical epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.  Although they originated in ancient times, these two captivating narratives have been retold in different languages and formats over the centuries, including most recently in the form of TV serials and graphic novels.  Among the topics to be explored are the martial ethos of ancient India, the complexities of dharma, the ideology of kingship, traditional gender norms, the recent politicization of the Ramayana, and the use of the epics to counter social and gender hierarchy.  Students will read abbreviated versions of the epics along with excerpts from various translations of the complete narratives; they will also be exposed to other primary sources including paintings, traditional theatrical performances, and modern films and TV shows. 

AHC 330 • The Crusades

33650 • Newman, Martha
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.128
GCIIWr (also listed as EUS 346, HIS 344S, R S 375S)
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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 class 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.

AHC 378 • Roman Law

33655 • Riggsby, Andrew
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM WAG 112
IIWr (also listed as C C 375)
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This class will have 3 parts:

1) Introduction to the general outlines of Roman law.

2) close study of primary sources on one area of law.

3) discussion of special problems in Roman law, and how they have been approached over time.