AHC 330 • Ancient India
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course covers the history and culture of South Asia from its protohistoric beginnings in the Indus Valley through the period of the early empires of the Mauryas and Guptas (roughly, 2500 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.). In chronological sequence, we will examine the origins of South Asian civilization, Vedic society, the second urbanization and the emergence of early states, the growth and spread of Jainism and Buddhism, the significance of the Mauryan empire, the period of Central Asian influx and international interrelations between 200 B.C.E. and 300 C.E., the growth of brahmin orthodoxy, and the nature of Gupta culture and polity. Because the main emphasis will be on understanding the processes of socio-cultural change rather than on political history per se, considerable attention will be given to social organization and ideology, religious institutions and patronage, and the development of classical culture.
Grading Participation=5%; Map quizzes=5% Two short papers=20% each or one long paper=40% Mid-term and final exams=25% each