History 101.005

Fall 2005
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11

This course will deal with the rise and establishment of the Roman Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean, from roughly the 2nd century B.C. until the 2nd century A.D. The first few weeks will be devoted to selected readings which will introduce the student to some of the key topics and themes concerning the rise and impact of Roman imperialism in Eastern lands (Greece and the Near East as far as Parthia). In our considerations we will make extensive use of literary sources as well as epigraphic, numismatic, archaeological, and artistic evidence.

The readings and discussions are intended not only to further the understanding of this period and region of the ancient Mediterranean world, but also for the student to gain experience in the use and interpretation of the various sources available to the ancient historian. These initial weeks will provide the methodological foundation for the crafting of the research paper, which should be 30 to 40 pages in length, and which will occupy the remainder of the semester. Research papers can deal with any of the topics and problems raised in the readings and discussions, but will not be limited to these. Students wishing to develop a topic on some aspect of the ancient world which falls outside of the main themes of the seminar may do so.