103A.001 Fall 2018 Between History and Political Theory: The Roman Republic in Western Thought

As a political system that endured for nearly five hundred years, the Roman Republic has been the object of intense study by historians and political theorists alike. The results of these various inquiries have shaped not only subsequent scholarly perspectives on the subject but also political events as diverse as the drafting of the American constitution and the unification of the German nation state. Consequently, these inquiries, like the sources from which they were produced, must be placed in their respective historical contexts.

101.001 Spring 2018 Ancient Mediterranean

Guided research seminar for students writing a thesis on the Ancient Mediterranean, broadly defined from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. Class meetings will support the process of independent research and writing. Students will enjoy broad discretion on the subject of their thesis. Those interested in the course are encouraged contact me during the Fall semester.

103A.001 Fall 2017 Monarchy, Aristocracy and Democracy: Ancient Politics in Practice

The Ancient Mediterranean offers numerous case studies to how complex pre-modern societies structured governance. Greek political theory divided political systems into three basic categories: Monarchy, Aristocracy and Democracy. Some Greek political theorists believed that these modes ran in cycles as the corruption of one form of rule led to the rise of another.

280A/285A Spring 2017 Roman Politics

This seminar will examine Roman politics through an investigation of three interrelated topics: (i) political thought, (ii) political institutions, and (iii) political culture.  In assessing the nature of Roman political thought, we will focus on Cicero, with attention both to philosophical works (De Republica and De Legibus) and to the changing political program sketched in the speeches.

101.005 Spring 2017 Research Topics in Greek and Roman History

This course is designed for History majors writing theses on ancient topics. The first several class meetings will cover historical research questions and methods as practiced by ancient historians today, as students develop their ideas about their topics. Students will then pursue their research and writing with the help of one-on-one meetings with the instructor.

103A.001 Fall 2016 Greek and Roman Citizenship (Proseminar in Ancient History)

Modern democracies trace the roots of their political systems to the Classical Greek and Roman world, but what exactly did it mean to be a citizen of Rome, Athens, or the thousands of other communities in the ancient Mediterranean? This course approaches this question of citizenship from a formal standpoint in a manner accessible both to students with prior knowledge of the Classical world and to those with experience or interest in the nature of belonging in other settings.

185A Fall 2016 History of Christianity to 1250

The course deals with the origins of Christianity and the first eleven centuries of its expansion into a major institutional, social, and intellectual force shaping Western Europe. The central themes are the mechanisms and conditions shaping this expansion rather than a chronological account to present this process as a model of "institutionalization" (or not!) of religious movements.

105A Fall 2016 Archaic and Classical Greek History

In this course we will investigate Greek history from the Bronze Age to the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BCE. We will address topics including politics, the military, literary and material culture, religion, philosophy, society, economics, athletics, women, and slavery, and we will devote special attention to Crete, Sparta, Athens, Persia, and Macedon.

280A.001 Fall 2016 285.001A Imagining the Barbarian

The questions surrounding of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire as opposed to its transformation has exercised scholars and thinkers for a very long time. Part and parcel of these debates is the topic of the barbarians. Who were they and what was their role?

4A Fall 2016 Origins of Western Civilization: The Ancient Mediterranean World

This course offers an introductory survey of the history of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the rise of city states in Mesopotamia c. 3000 BC to the transformation of the Roman Empirein the 4th century AD. The emphasis will be on the major developments in the political and social history of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, with special attention to those institutions, practices, ideas, and objects that have had an enduring influence on the development of western civilization.


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