Ancient Empires: Persians and Greeks in Antiquity

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.

Related Subjects

Offered Fall 2021

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

Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies

TR 9:30-11, E51-390
Eric J. Goldberg
Stephanie Frampton
Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.130

The Ancient World: Greece

Lecture: TR 12-1, 2-105
Recitation 1: F 12-1, 66-160
Recitation 2: F 2-3, 66-160
Alexander Forte Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.134 14.70

Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective

MW 11-12:30, 16-160
Anne E. C. McCants Introductory HASS-S CI-H
21H.237

The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles

TR 2:30-4, 56-162
William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H
21H.238

The Vikings

MW 2-3:30, E51-385
Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H

Not Offered This Term