ANTH 240 Roman Cities in the Near East (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as CLAS340, HIST340
The Near East under Roman rule was a zone of intense cultural contact and exchange. Major urban centers, like Ephesus and Alexandria, were home to a diverse array of Greeks, Romans, Jews, Egyptians and other Semitic peoples. Out of this cultural crucible emerged new movements in religion, science, and the arts which changed the face of the Roman Empire. This course examines the history and material culture of Roman cities in the Near East, from Pompey's annexation of Syria in 64 BCE to the Arab conquest in the 7th century CE. We will consider a variety of evidence, including sculpture, architecture and epigraphy, as well as textual sources, such as Josephus' Jewish War, Acts of the Apostles and Tacitus' Histories. Class discussion will focus on issues related to ethnicity and identity formation in the eastern Roman provinces. Possible topics include the Romanization of the Near East, the First Jewish Revolt, the formation of early Christianity, and the Roman wars with Sassanian Persia. This course fulfills the EDI requirement because it explores the interaction between peoples and cultures in the ancient Near East and their diverse responses to Roman imperialism.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on classroom performance, one 15-minute oral presentation, one 10- to 12-page paper, a midterm and a final exam.
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference given to majors or prospective majors in Classics, Anthropology, Art History, and History
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST or ANTH
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,HIST Group G Electives - Global History
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3596
ANTH 240 SEM Roman Cities in the Near East (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Benjamin B. Rubin
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