The Pre-Modern Mediterranean and Middle East

HISTORY 101.009

Spring 2015
Section: 
009
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P
CCN: 
39308
Units: 
5

This research seminar will guide students through the process of writing a senior thesis on pre-modern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern topics. A selection of themes and methodological problems in classical, late antique, Byzantine, and Early Islamic political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history will be considered. Readings will include both primary sources and modern scholarship.

 Alex Roberts is a PhD candidate in Byzantine and Middle Eastern History, specializing in the scholars, intellectual communities, and scientific and religious culture of the medieval Eastern Mediterranean. He is writing a dissertation on alchemy, Biblical exegesis, cosmology, and the reception of ancient culture in eleventh-century Greek and Arabic thought.