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Course Descriptions

AHC 310 • The Premodern World

33070 • Aprile, Jamie
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm UTC 3.112
(also listed as HIS 301F)
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The premodern world encompasses the span of human existence on Earth from the origins of symbolic behavior around 30,000 years ago to the complex societies that lead up to the early modern era of the 15th century CE.  The boundaries of that range are to some extent arbitrary, as are the divisions between cultures, places, and eras, so in this course we will take a comparative and cross-cultural perspective to explore political, social, and cultural trends in a variety of societies as we traverse time.  While covering the content of the human past, we will also investigate methods of historical study and analysis to discover how history is constructed from both material remains and written sources. 

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AHC 319 • Ancient Mediterranean World

33080-33095 • Perlman, Paula J
Meets MW 1000am-1100am 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 flag.


D. Brendan Nagle and S.M.Burstein, The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History (most recent edition, 6th?). Prentice Hall ISBN-13: 9780131930414

D. Brendan Nagle and S.M.Burstein, The Ancient World: Readings in Social and Cultural History (most recent edition, 3rd?) Prentice Hall ISBN-13: 9780131930407

John Haywood and Simon Hall, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations (Penguin Historical Atlas) ISBN 9780141014487

AHC 325 • Hist Of Rome: The Republic

33100 • Haimson Lushkov, Ayelet
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 101
(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.

AHC 325 • Hist Grc To End Pelopon War

33115-33120 • Carusi, Cristina
Meets MW 100pm-200pm WAG 101
(also listed as C C 354C, HIS 354C)
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This course covers essential developments in Greek history during the Archaic and Early Classical Periods (ca. 800-400 B.C.). Emphasis will be divided between political/military history and ancient Greek society and culture (e.g. gender and class, religion, economy, performance). The course will consist of two hours of lecture per week plus a required one-hour discussion section. Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of ancient sources, both written works and the archaeological remains.

This course carries a Global Cultures flag.

AHC 378 • Roman Law

33125 • Riggsby, Andrew M
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 112
(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.


Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans, Andrew M. Riggsby

A Casebook on Roman Property, Herbert Hausmaninger (Author), Richard Gamauf (Author), George A. Sheets (Author)


2 exams 15% each

Short paper 20%

Long paper 30%

Participation 20%

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