History 101.005

Fall 2008
Instructor (text): 
204 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 12:30-2
A doctoral candidate in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Jason Schlude has pursued the study of Roman history and Latin epigraphy, especially from the Second Punic War through the Flavian dynasty, Jews of the Graeco-Roman world and Christian origins, and the history and material culture of Greeks in the Near East. His dissertation, "Rome, Parthia, and Empire," explores the nature and significance of Roman-Parthian relations from the first century BCE through the first century CE.

Empire was a defining feature of the ancient Mediterranean. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Greek kings and the Roman elite exercised influence over large areas of the Mediterranean and its peoples. The experience of and response to such empires by their foreign subjects are often as challenging to elucidate as fascinating to imagine. In this ancient history research seminar, students are invited to research and write a 30 to 50 page thesis on, or related to, the experience of Graeco-Roman empire by those subject to it. To this end, we will first explore together one (complex) case in which the subject people have left behind a substantial literature documenting their experience: the Jews. Primary questions will include: What were the consequences of empire for the Jews and what strategies did the Jews employ to explain and live under empire? Following this preliminary case study, students will develop their own thesis projects investigating some aspect of the experience of empire in the ancient Mediterranean world.