103A.003 Spring 2008 Augustine and his Modern Legacy

The surviving works of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (354-430 AD) far outnumber the surviving works of every other ancient author, and they shed a bright light on the Roman world in which he lived. They have also had a deep and lasting influence on the shape of Western intellectual history - including ways of thinking about religion and theology, politics, education, psychology, and economics - from the middle ages until the present day.

103A.002 Spring 2008 Woman, Children and Money in Greek History

This course will focus on the evidence for how money affected and shaped the lives of women and children in the ancient Greek world. The topics to be discussed will include inheritance, dowry, wages, legal disputes, contracts, slavery and sumptuary laws. Special attention will be given to documentary evidence from Egypt. Students will be introduced to the basic literature on Greek economic history as well as sources for women in antiquity. All readings will be in English.

285A.001 Spring 2007 The Alien in Antiquity: Greek and Roman Perceptions of the Foreigner

The seminar will explore the impressions of the alien and the unfamiliar in a number of key texts by classical authors. The aim will be to get beyond the simplistic notion of constructing the ";Other"; and to discern the nuances and complexities in ancient descriptions. We will look at the perceptions of Persians in works like Aeschylus' Persae, Herodotus, and Xenophon, at Egyptians through the eyes of Herodotus and Diodorus, at Phoenicians in Plautus' Poenulus, at Gauls and Germans in the writings of Caesar and Tacitus, and at Jews in a variety of classical texts.

280A.001 Fall 2007 Topics in Ancient History: From polis to oikoumene

This course will focus on Augustine's City of God. But we want to use the text as a guide-line to investigate ";on the ground"; the transformation from polis to oikoumene in late antiquity. Augustine's text will be supplemented by recent studies on the evolution of the late Roman city, on aspects of material culture, archeological findings, but also a number of theoretical approaches to space, mappings, and geographical perspectives.

101.004 Fall 2007 Roman History through Texts: from Republic to Empire

This seminar will explore the numerous genres and styles in Roman writing from the first century BC to the second century AD. During the first four weeks of class we will read a range of documents, from accounts of important battles to Augustan poetry. Based on these sources, possible subjects for discussion include military customs, imperial patronage, the Roman family, and cultural identities. Secondary readings will accompany the primary materials to acquaint students with the various theories and methods used in historical writing.

103A.002 Spring 2007 Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War: The Greatest Convulsion Among the Greeks

Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War is a narrative remarkable as much for its careful reporting as for its profound analysis of power, empire, democracy, and civil strife. The war itself was fought, he tells us, for the supremacy of all Greece, which involved not only a monumental clash between Athens and Sparta but also drew in the very smallest communities around them.

280A.001 Spring 2006 Polis, Ethnos, and Koinon: Approaches to Settlement

Lying at the very heart of the political, social, and economic experience of the ancient Greek world, the polis is a complicated historical phenomenon that poses significant challenges to students of ancient history. Our understanding of the polis has recently been given a hard and salutary shake by the findings of an international, 10-year research project conducted by the Copenhagen Polis Center(CPC).

101.005 Fall 2006 Sex and Gender in Ancient Rome

This seminar will focus on sexuality and gender in the Roman world from roughly the second century BC to the second century AD. The course will define masculinity and femininity within cultural context, and examine how men and women conformed to these definitions or radically subverted them in both public and private spheres. In addition, class discussions will explore the ways in which sexuality either reinforced acceptable male and female roles or challenged the status quo.

103A(R.003 Spring 2006 Dream Interpretation before Freud

This seminar will explore the tradition of dream interpretation in various ancient and medieval civilizations and will focus on manuals of dream interpretation and the application of their principles as reflected in historiographical works that these civilizations produced. The backdrop of our examination will be the absorption of the Graeco-Roman tradition of dream interpretation by the civilizations that succeeded the Roman empire in the same geographical space.


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