Ancient Empires: Persians and Greeks in Antiquity

Not Offered Regularly; Consult Department

Explores interactions between Greeks and Persians in the Mediterranean and Near East from the Archaic Period to the Hellenistic Age, and works to illuminate the interface between these two distinct yet complementary cultures. Examines the general narrative of Greco-Persian history, from the foundation of the Achaemenid Empire in the middle of the sixth century BCE to the Macedonian conquest of Persia some 250 years later. Discusses how contact between Persia and the Greeks in antiquity has influenced discourse about the opposition between East and West in the modern world. Students examine archaeological, epigraphical, numismatic, and literary materials from a variety of sources including Greek historiography, tragedy, and oratory; Persian royal inscriptions and administrative documents; and the Hebrew Bible.

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Offered Spring 2024

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.132

The Ancient World: Rome

L01: MW 12-2; 4-231
R01: R; 56-191
R02: F 1-2; 56-180
William Broadhead Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.133

The Medieval World

TR 9:30-11; E51-390
Eric J. Goldberg Introductory HASS-H
21H.134 14.70

Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective

W EVE 7-10; 16-160
Anne E. C. McCants Introductory HASS-S CI-H
21H.331

Julius Caesar in the Fall of the Roman Republic

TR 2:30-4; 56-162
William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H
21H.333

Early Christianity

TR 2:30-4; E51-390
Eric J. Goldberg Seminar HASS-H

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.007 21L.014

Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies

Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.130

The Ancient World: Greece

Lecture: MW 12-1, 3-133
Recitation 1: F 1-2, 66-154
Recitation 2: F 2-3, 66-154
Eric Driscoll
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21H.230

Barbarians, Saints, and Emperors

Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H
21H.237

The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles

TR 2:30-4, 66-160
William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H
21H.238

The Vikings

Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H
21H.239

The City of Rome in the Age of the Caesars

William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H
21H.240

The World of Charlemagne

Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.336

The Making of a Roman Emperor

William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H