Ancient History Courses
(No Greek or Latin Required)
CLSX 242. Ancient Law. 3 cr.
A survey including the contributions of the Greeks and of the Romans to the development of law.
CLSX 243W. Jews Under Empire. 3 cr.
An exploration of Jewish history in the imperial contexts of the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods (c. 539 BCE-100 CE) and geographic regions of Palestine and the Diaspora, especially Egypt. We will examine the strategies Jews employed to explain and live under empire through critical study of the creative and diverse corpus of their ancient literature. A key focus will be religion, but politics, society, economy, and the military will also be discussed. As for specific topics, we will consider the Jews of Ptolemaic Egypt, the Maccabean Revolt, the Hasmonean dynasty, Herod the Great, the Alexandrian riots of 38 CE, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the First Jewish Revolt, among others. Theme Area Global Diversity, University Core Writing Intensive
CLSX 244. History of Ancient Medicine. 3 cr.
An examination of the medical theories and practices in the period from the Egyptian temple physicians to the doctors of the Roman Empire. Special attention is given to Hippocrates and Galen.
CLSX 245. Greek History. 3 cr.
An investigation of Greek history from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period (c.2000-30 BCE). We will address topics including politics, the military, literary and material culture, religion, philosophy, society, economics, athletics, women, and slavery, and we will devote special attention to Crete, Sparta, Athens, Persia, Macedon, and Egypt. While lectures and a textbook will provide a historical narrative and highlight key questions, students will have the opportunity to engage substantially with the ancient evidence, which will put them in close touch with the Greeks themselves.
CLSX 249. History-Egyptian Civilization. 3 cr.
A survey of Egyptian history and culture from the pre-dynastic period to the establishment of Roman rule in Egypt. Special attention will be given to the artistic, literary, and religious achievements of Egypt.
CLSX 250. The Rise of Constantine and Christianity. 3 cr.
This course will trace the development of Christianity from its unique origins in the Roman province of Judea and note the reasons for its growth throughout the entire empire. Students will examine why Christianity appealed to various ancient peoples, why traditional Roman religion had ceased to appeal and how Constantine advanced his political regime along with his personal belief in Christianity. With this information, students will be able to understand the Catholic Church and the reason for its location in Rome as well as to review the Christianity of the Greek Orthodox Church. Theme Area Faith and Reason
CLSX 252. Roman History. 3 cr.
An investigation of the Roman state's historical development, from its foundation to its fall (C8 BCE through C5 CE). We will explore a range of issues, including the political organs of the Republic and Empire, nature and consequences of Roman imperialism, hierarchy in Roman society, role of women, Roman army, paganism, rise of Christianity, imperial art and architecture, and demise of the Roman state. Students will grapple with the full variety of existing evidence, including works of ancient historians, comedians, orators, biographers, novelists, philosophers, and martyrs. Our aim is to understand Rome from a rich interdisciplinary angle and find joy in ancient history.
CLSX 300. Seminar. 3 cr.
Topics are variable.
CLSX 303W. Seminar: Women in Antiquity. 3 cr.
This course explores the reality of women's lives in antiquity, as well as the complexity of male/female interaction, particularly in 5th century BC Greece and the early Roman empire.