108 Fall 2005 Introduction to Byzantine civilization

The social, cultural, and religious history of the Near East and eastern Mediterranean from late antiquity through the early middle ages. The survival of the Roman Empire in Byzantium, the Sassanian Empire in Iran, and the rise of Islam are the topics covered.

39M.001 Fall 2005 Do you feel what I feel? The cross-cultural and historical study of emotions

You may think emotions like anger, love, jealousy, and grief are universal, but most specialists in ethnology, psychology, and history don't agree. The current consensus is that different societies not only have different ways of processing emotions, they feel them differently as well. Can this be true? If it is true, what does it mean for the way we understand our own emotions and our ability to comprehend the experiences of other peoples?

103D.001 Summer 2005 United States Urban Culture in the Twentieth Century

This course will explore how Americans defined and experienced urban living during the Age of the City. As the United States transformed from a rural and small-town society into an urban and suburban nation, Americans found that cities facilitated new forms of association and new methods of control. This seminar will examine cultural themes such as masculinity, the built environment, popular entertainment, and the public sphere to explore how city residents exerted and challenged authority in urban America.

101.005 Fall 2005 Roman Imperialism in the East

This course will deal with the rise and establishment of the Roman Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean, from roughly the 2nd century B.C. until the 2nd century A.D. The first few weeks will be devoted to selected readings which will introduce the student to some of the key topics and themes concerning the rise and impact of Roman imperialism in Eastern lands (Greece and the Near East as far as Parthia). In our considerations we will make extensive use of literary sources as well as epigraphic, numismatic, archaeological, and artistic evidence.

103A.003 Fall 2005 Publicity, Propaganda, and Power in the Roman Revolution

This seminar will examine the relationship between public image and political power at Rome during a critical passage of Roman history: Julius Caesar's rise to absolute power, the advent of monarchy under Augustus, and the consolidation of the Julio-Claudian dynasty under Augustus' successor, Tiberius (50 BCñAD 37).


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