280A.001 Fall 2008 Topics in Ancient History: History and Historiography - Emperor Julian, aka the Apostate

Literary engagement with emperor Julian, by historians as well as other writers, began the moment Julian became sole ruler in 361 and it has continued without interruption until today. Among the reasons for this continuous and vigorously conducted engagement with this emperor are the fact that he encapsulates many of the changes then affecting the Roman empire as a whole: military engagements on the Western as well as Eastern frontier, financial reforms, shifts in urban administration and the transfer of religious affiliation from one set of gods to another God.

101.005 Fall 2008 Living under Graeco-Roman Empire

Empire was a defining feature of the ancient Mediterranean. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Greek kings and the Roman elite exercised influence over large areas of the Mediterranean and its peoples. The experience of and response to such empires by their foreign subjects are often as challenging to elucidate as fascinating to imagine. In this ancient history research seminar, students are invited to research and write a 30 to 50 page thesis on, or related to, the experience of Graeco-Roman empire by those subject to it.

103A.002 Fall 2008 Approaches to the Economic History of the Ancient Greek World

How did people survive in ancient Greece? How did they flourish, materially? What role did the Mediterranean Sea play in their strategies of production, distribution, and exchange? How did the emergence of state power in the Archaic period, and its gradual strengthening over the course of the Classical period, affect the economic practices of the Greeks? In this seminar we shall approach these questions by studying primary source material, and we shall also consider the ways in which modern historians have attempted to answer them.

103A.003 Fall 2008 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. Emphasis will be given not only to the

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.


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