"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.
"Ancient Greece" (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.
"Ancient Rome" (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.
"Oracles and Empires in Ancient Colonization" (CH, W)
Are you clever enough to interpret Apollo’s advice and establish a successful colony?
Colonists in the ancient Mediterranean dominated new territory, but they also reshaped
the mother-city’s culture, religion, economy, and intellectual development. We will
examine population movements, while deciphering what assumptions modern colonialism
imposes on our material. Offered occasionally.
"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.
"Blood Rites and Mystery Cults" (CH)
Ancient Roman religion was uniquely open to foreign influence while respecting its
own customs. This course will examine how the Roman people demonstrated this quality
as they adopted or adapted new religious ideas and traditions from the beginnings
of the Roman monarchy in 753 BCE to the fifth century CE. Offered occasionally. May Term.