Ancient

100.002 Fall 2013 Jews in the Greco-Roman World

Under both Greek and Roman empires Jews lived both in Palestine and throughout the Mediterranean in Diaspora. This course will study the variety of Jewish experiences--their cultures, societies, political systems, and religion--from Alexander the Great's conquests until the formation of Rabbinic Judaism (from around 330 BCE to 200 CE). Special attention will go to Jewish literature such as the so-called apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament, the Hasmonean kingdom, and traces of the daily life of Diaspora communities.

103A.002 Fall 2013 Public Opinion in the Greek Polis: Debate and Decline from 431 BCE to 104 CE

The polis or “city-state” is arguably the most cardinal topic in any textbook of Greek history, where it is granted but a burst of vitality in what we now call the Classical period. This course, however, takes the unorthodox view that the notion of “decline” is vital for the century-long history of the Greek polis, whose democratic institutions are the outcome of debate and conflict.

105B Fall 2013 The Greek World: 403-31 BCE

The Greek world grew to be far larger than its city-states of the fifth century. But only with increasing difficulty can we describe the political, social, and cultural history of the world as still Greek after 403 BCE. When the dust settled after a thirty-year war between Athens, Sparta, and the rest of the Peloponnese, it meant a turning point in history. This is the history of an ever-globalizing ancient world, encompassing change and continuity for Greeks, as well as Persians, Macedonians, Indians, Egyptians, Jews, and Romans.
 

4A Fall 2013 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 Empire in the 4th century AD.

N106A Summer 2013 The Roman Republic- Session A (May 28- Jul 3)

This course offers an introduction to the history of the Roman Republic, from the foundation of the city in the 8th century BC to the cataclysmic civil wars that destroyed the Republic in the 1st century BC. The central theme of the course is Rome’s imperial expansion, first within Italy and then throughout the Mediterranean, with special attention to the political, economic, social, and cultural impact of Roman imperialism, both on conquered territories and on Rome itself. Each class session will consist of a lecture, followed by discussion of primary-source readings.

280A/285A.001 Spring 2013 The City of Rome: Topography and Urban History

Modern scholarship on the city of Rome has tended to divorce its architectural and topographical history from the study of its political institutions and the social and economic history of the city's populace.  A central goal of this seminar is to combine analysis of these aspects of the city in a coherent and meaningful way.  To that end, we will approach the city of Rome from two different but interrelated perspectives.  First, we will consider the physical topography of the city.

106B Spring 2013 The Roman Empire

This course offers an introduction to the history of the Roman empire, from the advent of monarchy in Rome in the first century BC to the breakdown of central state authority in the fifth century AD.  Major themes include the overlapping networks of social power in the Roman empire (institutional and personal); the unity and diversity of Roman imperial culture; the changing relationship between state and society; the political economy of the Roman empire; and the geography and ecology of the Mediterranean world.  Lectures will provide an essential historical narrative and interpre

185A Spring 2013 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.

100.001 Spring 2013 Special Topics in Ancient History: Living Through Conflict in Classical Greece

The classical Greek polis was accustomed to violent confrontation to an extent that is difficult to comprehend today. The Greeks not only had to live with conflict, they had to come to terms with its consequences and legacies. This course will familiarize students with various responses to conflict in classical Greece, whether in war, civil strife, or fierce individual competition.

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