The ancient Romans can seem both unimaginably distant and surprisingly central to our ideas of Western history and culture. This class will give you a better understanding of Roman culture in its own context and also a perspective from which to understand the image of Rome as circulated in later societies. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section.
Broad-based introduction to the archaeology of the ancient Romans. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Historical Studies.
Freshman seminar. An opportunity to analyze the romantic legends, figures, and stereotypes of archaeology and to discover the exciting real elements and adventures of today’s archaeologist.
Telling stories is one way humans make sense of the world and their lives in it. For the ancient Greeks and Romans, these stories were very often in the form of tales of the adventures, triumphs and sufferings of gods and heroes – what we call classical myths. This class examines many of these myths, what they meant to Greeks and Romans, and what they still mean for us. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Philosophy & Values. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section
Was there ever an actual war between two powerful Bronze Age Aegean cultures? Did Hektor and Achilles actually clash on the battlefield? Did the Trojan Horse cause the destruction of a powerful city and its people? Was Helen really "a face that launched 1000 ships?" Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Historical Studies.