CLAS 222
Greek History Fall 2023
Division I
Cross-listed HIST 222
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This course covers the history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenaean palace civilizations to the Roman conquest of the East Mediterranean (c. 1500-1 BC). We will study the development, expansion, and interactions of Greek society and its cultural expressions through a wide variety of textual sources and archaeological evidence across the Mediterranean basin and West Asia. How did the Greek world conceptualize and enact various modes of individual and collective status, construct political systems from one-man rule to popular democracy, and grapple with issues of memory and identity? How did the Greek world deal with victory and defeat, imperialism and subjugation, freedom and slavery, upheaval and decline? How should we approach the mythology about the origins of humanity, or the subsequent development of natural science and philosophy from Ionia to Athens and beyond? Why has this past continued to work as a mirror in subsequent periods, even up to our modern day? From the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces to the building of the Athenian acropolis, from autocratic warlords to the birth of democracy, from wandering merchants to Hellenistic kings, from Hesiod to Herodotus, Socrates, and Thucydides, this course will seek to reconstruct and understand the trajectory of ancient Greek society and culture from its early inception to its subjugation under Roman rule. All readings will be in translation.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 35
Expected: 25
Class#: 1533
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: contributions to class discussions, occasional short written assignments, quizzes, a midterm, a final exam.
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students and sophomores; majors and intended majors in Classics, History, and Art History,
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 222 Division II CLAS 222 Division I
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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