History 101.008

Spring 2009
Instructor (text): 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11

This course is open to all students intending to write a thesis in ancient history, Greek or Roman. The first few sessions will be devoted to exploration of several major historiographical approaches to the doing of ancient history, which may serve as points of reference or departure for students' own research projects. These readings will be focused around the subject of the ancient city, a tremendously pervasive socio-cultural phenomenon in the ancient world. Not only did ancient cities exert a heavy influence on the social, religious, political, and economic activities of ancient Greeks and Romans, even (perhaps especially) of those who dwelt in the countryside and the provinces, but the historiography of ancient cities has ranged so widely that it provides an excellent introduction to major approaches and methods in the study of ancient history more broadly construed. Students will, thereafter, pursue individual research projects on topics of their choosing, based on (translated) primary sources and informed by careful methodological and analytical considerations.