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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 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.