Ancient

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.

103A.002 Spring 2006 After Empire: The Greek World in the Fourth Century BC

At the very end of the fifth century BC, the Greek world was in shambles. In the wake of Athenian defeat in the Peloponnesian War, its enemies had only narrowly decided not to turn the territory of the ancient city of Athens into pasture for sheep. The period from the end of the Peloponnesian War to the accession of Alexander III to the throne of Macedon (404-336) is often neglected by historians, dismissed as a period of disarray, fragmentation, and bickering. It is, however, a period brimming with interest for the historian.

101.016 Spring 2006 Christianity and the Roman Empire

This course will examine the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire in the 1st-5th century CE with particular attention to the broad themes of Roman identity and imperialism in a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic empire. By looking at primary sources in translation from various regions of the Roman Empire, including St. Paul, Pliny the Younger, Eusebius of Caesarea, Libanius, Julian, Ammianus Marcellinus, and Augustine. We will explore how these figures addressed issues such as the persecution of Christians, conflicts with neighboring powers, and the rise of a Christian monarchy.

C157 Summer 2005 The Renaissance and the Reformation

European history from the fourteenth to the middle of the seventeenth century. Political, social, and economic developments during this transitional period will be examined, together with the rise of Renaissance culture, and the religious upheavals of the sixteenth centuy.

100 Summer 2005 The Goddess and the Knights: Gnostics, Templars, Wiccans, and Other Standbys of Popular Medieval History

Does Da Vinci's Last Supper really show Mary Magdalene on Jesus' right hand? Did Mary and Jesus really have a child who was the ancestor of the Merovingians? Was there an ancient religion of the Goddess? A Priory of Sion? Does the Louvre pyramid really have 666 panes of glass? Is anything true in The Da Vinci Code, or Holy Blood, Holy Grail, The Chalice and the Blade? Does it matter? Should we care?

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