The Hellenistic Mediterranean: History, Society, and Culture|
Spring 2008 not offered
The Hellenistic Mediterranean, from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 to the Roman sack of Carthage and Corinth in 146 BC, witnessed dramatic changes in political organization, social norms, economic behavior, and religious practices. We shall explore this dynamic and creative period of the ancient Mediterranean world through a close reading of literary and epigraphic primary sources (in translation) as well as secondary scholarship. Major topics will include kingship, the rise of interstate agreements and organization, cities and civic identity, urbanization, the economy, mercenaries and pirates, warfare, acculturation and culture clash, Judaism and the Greek world, religion, Rome and the eastern Mediterranean. Some knowledge of Greek or Roman history will be advantageous but is not strictly required.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
M.M. Austin, THE HELLENISTIC WORLD FROM ALEXANDER TO THE ROMAN CONQUEST: A SELECTION OF ANCIENT SOURCES IN TRANSLATION (Cambridge, 1982)
Callixeinus, THE GRAND PROCESSION OF PTOLEMY PHILADELPHUS
Gruen, E., HERITAGE AND HELLENISM: THE REINVENTION OF JEWISH TRADITION (Berkeley, 1998)
MACCABEES I, II
Polybius, THE RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (selections)
G. Shipley, THE GREEK WORLD AFTER ALEXANDER: 323-30 B.C. (London, 2000)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two papers, in-class presentations, no final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Active, prepared participation in class discussions is mandatory. Some knowledge of Greek and/or Roman history and/or archaeology will be advantageous, but is not strictly required.
Please note that this course carries dual General Education designations. When you register for this course, it will be assigned a primary Gened credit of HA. If you choose to take the course for SBS Gened credit instead, you must make this change at the Registrar's Office during the drop/add period. NO CHANGE TO GENED DESIGNATION MAY BE MADE AFTER DROP/ADD ENDS.
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