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Classical History and Archeology Courses

(No Greek or Latin Required)

CLSX 208. Ancient Pompeii. 3cr.

A study of the eruption of Vesuvius and the human settlements it buried. We will investigate the history of Pompeii and the snapshot its destruction provides for life in a Roman city. We will consider domestic life and the space of the home, urban planning and infrastructure, civic centers, entertainment complexes, sanctuaries, and cemeteries. We will compare Pompeii with other sites located on the slopes of Vesuvius, including Herculaneum, several wealthy villas, and the agricultural sites of the north slopes. Lecture. Offered irregularly.

CLSX 214. Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr.

An overview of the discipline of archaeology. Special attention will be devoted to the discipline's aims, history, theories, and methods, and also its modern practice, problems, ethical concerns, and significance. This course will address the nature of archaeological evidence, how we interpret it, and what we should do with it. The main focus will be on archaeological sites in the Mediterranian and Near East, but the discussion will touch on others throughout the world. As will be clear immediately and throughout, at the heart of this course is the identity of human beings, past and present.

CLSX 242. Ancient Law. 3 cr.

A survey including the contributions of the Greeks and of the Romans to the development of law.

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). Topics include politics, the military, literary and material culture, religion, philosophy, society, economics, athletics, women, and slavery, and special attention will be devoted 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.

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.

CLSX 315. Archaeological History of the Ancient Greek World. 3 cr.

A survey of the archaeology of Greece from prehistory to the Roman period.

CLSX 316. Archaeological History of Athens. 3 cr.

An investigation into the topography and monuments of Athens and Attica, from the prehistoric to the Roman period.

CLSX 317. Archaeological History of the Ancient Roman World. 3 cr.

A survey of the archaeology of Italy from prehistory to the middle fourth century A.D.

CLSX 318. Archaeological History of Rome. 3 cr.

An investigation of the topography and monuments of Rome from prehistory through Constantine.

CLSX 319. Archaeological History: Seminar. 3 cr.

Possible topics include the Bronze Age Aegean, the development of Vase Paintings, the Etruscans, the Ara Pacis, etc.

CLSX 321. Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Augustan Period. 3 cr.

An exploration of the Augustan period in the light of its material culture focusing on the art and architecture produced under Augustus in Rome. Augustus' influence upon the later Roman Empire and the Fascist archaeology under Mussolini will be discussed.