Ancient

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.

280A Spring 2016 Comparative Urbanism in the Ancient World

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar will examine the nature, form, and functions of cities in the ancient Mediterranean world, with a particular focus on urbanism in Egypt and in the western Roman empire.  The course will be organized around a set of topics to be investigated from an explicitly comparative perspective, including settlement patterns and urban demography; the supply and provisionment of cities; neighborhoods, residential zones, and domestic spaces; cities and hinterlands; cities, towns, and urban networks; capital cities; urban services and administrative functions;

103A.002 Spring 2016 The Roman Experience: Family Life in the Roman Empire

In this course we will explore what it was like to live in the Roman Empire. This is not an easy task given the size and diversity of Rome’s dominion, but it is possible to get a sense of the Roman experience through a close look at the nuclear family, which was and, arguably, continues to be the fundamental unit of society.

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