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Course Descriptions

AHC 319 • Ancient Mediterranean World

32205-32220 • Carusi, Cristina
Meets MW 1200pm-100pm WEL 2.304
(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.

AHC 325 • History Of Rome: The Empire

32225 • Riggsby, Andrew M
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm WAG 101
(also listed as CTI 375, 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 th 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, and psychopathic emperors.

AHC 325 • History Of Greece To 146 Bc

32235-32245 • Carusi, Cristina
Meets MW 1000am-1100am WAG 101
(also listed as C C 354D, HIS 354D)
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This course covers Greek history from the fall of Athens in 404 BC through Greece's loss of independence to Rome some 250 years later--an era defined by the figure of Alexander the Great.Classes will focus on five successive periods: (1) the decline of Greece's independent city-states; (2) their subordination to a Greek-speaking Macedonia under Philip II and his son, Alexander the Great; (3) Alexander's conquest of the Persian Empire; (4) the resulting Hellenistic Age of Greek kingdoms in Egypt, Syria and Macedonia; and (5) Rome's absorption of both Macedonia and mainland Greece.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.  There will be two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion each week.

This course carries a Global Cultures flag.

AHC 325 • Civil War In Rome

32255 • Haimson Lushkov, Ayelet
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WAG 201
(also listed as C C 348, CTI 375, HIS 362G)
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This class will survey the sequence of civil conflict at Rome from the Struggle of the Orders through to the rise of Constantine the Great. Beyond discussion of the historical material, lectures will also cover such topics as: the influence of civil war on Roman identity, culture, and history (including law and economy); representation of civil war in art and text; violence as foundational experience, and the question of the uniqueness of the Roman cases (for which we’ll discuss both the English and American civil wars as comparanda).

AHC 330 • Ancient India

32260 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am GAR 1.126
(also listed as ANS 346C, HIS 346C)
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AHC 330 Topics in Premodern History:

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world.

AHC 330 • The Dead Sea Scrolls

32263 • Kaplan, Jonathan
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 301
(also listed as HIS 364G, J S 364, MES 342, R S 353D)
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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.


VanderKam, James C. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. Revised Edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. Vermes, Geza. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. London: Penguin, 1998.


Class attendance and participation 10%; Quality of midterm examination 20%; Quality of final examination 30%; Quality of two “5 page papers“ 40%.

AHC 330 • Military History To 1640

32264 • Brand, Steele
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 0.128
(also listed as CTI 375, EUS 346, HIS 349R)
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This class surveys the military history of the Near Eastern and Western worlds from the beginnings of recorded history (~3100 BC) to the Reformation (~AD 1650). The course is chronologically arranged and examines the spectrum of data between material and textual. It begins by studying human conflict in the ancient Near East. It then transitions to warfare in the classical world, which culminated in Rome’s seemingly unstoppable legions. The course then traces the military ascendancy of Islam and the response of the crusades before concluding with the so-called “wars of religion.” Students will analyze the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives (or lack thereof) of the major campaigns. They will explore naval engagements, decisive land battles, siege warfare, subterfuge, and everything else on the periphery. Students will also examine the moral, religious, political, and economic factors that preceded battlefield encounters. Above all, this class follows the tragic, exciting, and unpredictable story of organized human violence.Texts:Philip de Souza, ed., The Ancient World at War: A Global History (Thames & Hudson)Maurice Keen, ed., Medieval Warfare: A History (Oxford University Press)Thomas F. Arnold, The Renaissance at War (Smithsonian Books)Grading:Examinations: 60% (2 x 30% ea.); Engagement 40% (2 x 20% ea.)

AHC 378 • Writing Ancient Hist Today

32265 • Perlman, Paula J
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WAG 112
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Writing Ancient History Today

In the past twenty years or so, the focus of much of the research into ancient history has shifted from political/military history to social/economic/cultural history. At the same time, the sources available to the ancient historian are much the same today as they were twenty years ago. Thus, ancient historians must ask new questions of the sources and develop new methods for their study of them. This course is designed to introduce students who already have some background in ancient Greek history to the questions that engage ancient historians today and to the methods that they use.

Our focus will be the archaic Greek world (ca. 750-475 B.C.). The structure of the class will be problem-oriented (a selection of key topics and problems rather than a historical survey). We will explore the full range of evidence used by today’s ancient historian: literary, documentary (inscriptions and papyri), the material record as documented through archaeological excavation and survey, and ancient landscape and environmental studies.

Among the topics that we will consider are:

  • assessing Greek colonization in the post-colonial world
  • the bully pulpit: public discourse and democratic ideology in ancient Athens
  • ‘orientalizing’ and ‘hellenizing’ in elite Athenian society
  • literacy and the early Greek polis: the impact of writing on the early state
  • how different was archaic Spartan society (or, what’s normative about archaic Athens?)

The class will be conducted as a seminar with student participation central to its success.

This course carries Writing and Independent Inquiry flags

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