Promo image for CLAS-2010-050 - Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World

Promo image for CLAS-2010-051 - Ancient Greek Warfare

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2019-20 Classics Courses

Please be advised that courses and/or instructors are subject to change (TBA refers to CAS faculty and these courses will be updated as soon as information becomes available).

Check out some of our Winter 2020 courses!


CLAS-3850/CLAS-4850/HIST-3009-001 | Tues/Thurs, 4:00-5:15pm | Dr. Melissa Funke

Athens in 5th century BCE = Aegean empire; Athens in 3rd century BCE = minor player in "international" affairs. WHAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN?! How did Athens go from the de facto capital of the ancient Greek world to a Macedonian subject state? Get some answers about the 4th century BCE in Dr. Funke's *brand-new* course.


CLAS-3840/CLAS-4840/HIST-3010-002 | Tues/Thurs, 2:30-3:45pm | Dr. Conor Whately

In this brand new, multidisciplinary course, we look at Roman rule in Arabia.  We start with the Nabataeans, famed traders who ruled modern Jordan, parts of Israel, and northern Saudi Arabia, built the Khasneh in Petra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and ran the spice trade that ran up and down the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula into Yemen.  The mysterious circumstances surrounding the last Nabataean king, Rabel II Soter’s, alleged gifting of his kingdom to the emperor Trajan in 106 CE will be discussed, and what Roman occupation meant for the people and the region socially, politically, and physically – especially with respect to the built landscape, the towns, cities, temples, fortifications, as well as the environment.  Some of the best evidence for the Roman presence in this part of the world comes from the spectacular archaeological remains, which we will discuss in detail.  Some of the most significant events in Roman history happened here too including the Great Jewish Revolt, the Bar Kockhba Revolt, the breakaway empire of Queen Zenobia, and the rise of Islam, a topic we will discuss at length along with the related issue of the relationship between Romans and Arabs.

Other highlights: The spectacular cities of the Decapolis like Jerash/Gerasa, Roman fortifications in 300s CE, the Christianization of the countryside, efflorescence of mosaicists in Jordan from 400-650 CE


CLAS-2010-050/HIST-2090-050 | Tues, 6:00-9:00pm | Dr. Victoria Austen-Perry

This course explores the critical concepts of race and ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean through an examination of the art and literature of the Greek and Roman worlds. We will explore how the Greeks and Romans conceptualized their own notions of racial difference, and also consider how these concepts have influenced later historical periods, including our own. In doing so, students will be able to identify the differences between the way ancient peoples and modern societies think about race and ethnicity, and demonstrate how contemporary discussions of these topics have been shaped by our encounters with antiquity.

THE ANCIENT SOCIAL NETWORK (Topics in Ancient History)

CLAS-3006-001/HIST-3006-001 | Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30-10:20am | Dr. Christopher Lougheed

What does Aristotle mean when he says that "no one would choose to live without friends" (Nicomachean Ethics 8.1, transl. H. Rackham, LCL)? What is the Greek Wide Web described in Irad Malkin's A Small Greek World (Oxford 2011)? What kinds of social, commercial and religious networks existed in the ancient Mediterranean? How did they form and evolve? Who was linked in and who was excluded? What role did friendship play in these networks, and how was were ancient friendship "supposed" to work? In this course, you will answer these questions as you read ancient philosophy, private letters, mythological texts and some modern theoretical interpretations.

ANCIENT GREEK WARFARE (Topics in Classical Studies)

CLAS-2010-051/HIST-2090-051 | Thurs, 6:00-9:00pm | Dr. Matthew Maher

This course explores a number of themes set to address a variety of questions. How were the Greeks able to repel a Persian invasion twice, despite being severely outnumbered? Why was the Spartan war machine so formidable and why was it viewed with such fear by the other Greeks? How was the Athenian navy able to rule the seas for the better part of a century? Why was Alexander the Great able to conquer much of the known world with such a relatively small force? And how did innovations in ancient siege craft technology (including the invention of the catapult and artillery), as well as biological and chemical weapons change the nature of warfare in the ancient Greek world?

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 Course listing for CLAS 2019-20; available by PDF download as well