Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies

Explores the fascinating history, culture, and society of the ancient and medieval worlds and the different methodologies scholars use to interpret them.  Wrestles with big questions about the diversity of life and thought in pre-modern societies, the best ways to study the distant past, and the nature (and limitations) of knowledge about long-ago eras.  Considers a wide rande of scholarly subjects such as the rise and fall of the Roman empire, the triumph of Christianity and Islam, barbarian invasions and holy wars, courts and castles, philosophy and religion, and the diversity of art, literature, and politics.  Ponders different types of evidence, reads across a variety of disciplines, and develops skills to identify continuities and changes in ancient and medieval socieites.

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Offered Spring 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.132

The Ancient World: Rome

Lecture: MW 12-1 VIRTUAL
Recitation 1: R 12-1, VIRTUAL
Recitation 2: F 1-2, VIRTUAL
William Broadhead Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.134 14.70

Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective

MW 9:30-11, VIRTUAL
Anne E. C. McCants Introductory HASS-S CI-H
21H.240

The World of Charlemagne

TR 9:30-11, VIRTUAL
Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.330

Ancient Empires: Persians and Greeks in Antiquity

NEW SUBJECT!
TR 11-12:30, VIRTUAL
Alexander Forte Seminar HASS-H
21H.336

The Making of a Roman Emperor

TR 3:30-5, VIRTUAL
William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.130

The Ancient World: Greece

Alex Forte Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.133

The Medieval World

Eric J. Goldberg Introductory HASS-H
21H.230

Barbarians, Saints, and Emperors

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

The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles

Not offered regularly; consult department
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.331

Julius Caesar in the Fall of the Roman Republic

William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H
21H.333

Early Christianity

Not offered regularly; consult department
Eric J. Goldberg Seminar HASS-H