Greek and Roman Studies
History  Courses

History 120 "The Ancient and Medieval West" (CH)

A survey of Western Civilization from its origins in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, to the late Middle Ages.  Political history is balanced by social, cultural, and intellectual history with an emphasis on those elements which became part of the Western Heritage.  Offered annually.

History 212  'Greek Civilization' (CH)

This course focuses on cultural and historical change in the Greek world beginning with the Bronze Age and continuing until the death of Alexander the Great (1300-323 BC). Emphasis is placed on the interconnection of Greek historical themes with literature, art, and architecture. Offered in alternate years.

History 214 "Roman Civilization" (CH)

Charts the political, social, and cultural development of the Roman state from the foundation of the city to the conversion of the emperor Constantine to Christianity (ca. 753 BC - AD 312).  Emphasis will be placed on the multiplicity of peoples and cultures that constituted the Roman state, religious experience and change, the evolution of political institutions, and the variety of sources necessary for our reconstruction of the Roman past, from the literary to the art historical.  Offered in alternate years.

History 315 "Pagan and Christian Historical Writings in Ancient Rome" (CH)

Cross-listed with Religion 315.  Students will read and discuss various forms of historical writing among pagans and Christians in the Roman world from the first century BC to the fifth century AD.  During this time historians recounted the past, sometimes according to the traditional forms of historical writing, sometimes pioneering ways of conceptualizing the past completely at odds with the canons of earlier historical writing. 

History 316 "The World of Alexander the Great" (CH)

This course sets the life of Alexander the Great (ruled 336-323 BCE) against the backdrop of the politics, society, culture, and religion of his times.  Special attention is paid to the peoples that Alexander encountered in his march eastward into India and the results of this contact on the development of the histories and cultures of both the east and west.  Offered as needed.

History 317 "Late Antiquity" (CH)

A survey of the period from 200 CE to 800 CE which witnessed the division of the Roman Empire into East and West.  Emphasizes how the process of Christianization created new imperial ideologies and political elites while preserving much of the intellectual and cultural heritage of the classical world.  Offered every other year.