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Summer 2014 Course Offerings

Explore the ancient world in New York City this summer!

Summer Session I: Tuesday, May 27- Saturday, July 5

CLASS-UA 404.001 (same as RELST-UA 404), Classical Mythology
M-Th, 9:30-11:05,  Christopher Parmenter
In this class we will conduct a survey of Greek and Roman mythological narratives.  Looking at the discussions of prehistory in Herodotus, Thucydides, and Livy, we will also discuss how ancient writers use mythology to explain how they themselves are 'civilized,' and perhaps others are not.  Special emphasis will be placed on the local use of myth and how different cities across the ancient Mediterranean used legends of traveling heroes (namely Heracles, Odysseus, and Aeneas) to 'network' each other across both distance and time.  Though we will begin with Hesiod's creation story, the larger purpose of this course will be to explain how myth served both to unite diverse peoples scattered across the Mediterranean world, but also to legitimate continuing structures of power.


Summer Session II: Monday, July 7- Saturday, August 16

CLASS-UA 404.002* (same as RELST-UA 404), Classical Mythology
M-Th, 9:30-11:05, Stephanie Crooks
This course will discuss the legends of Greek and Roman mythology, and the gods, demigods, heroes, nymphs, monsters, and everyday mortals who played a role in these stories. By examining the mythological tradition of the Greek and Roman world, we will explore the very nature of myth and the function is has both for individuals and also society at large. We will begin with Hesiod's creation in the Theogony, and will experience the great Trojan War and the age of heroes as presented in Homer's epics. Roman myth will also be treated, with emphasis on Vergil's Aeneid and the foundation legends of Rome.

*Pre-college students register for section 060.

CLASS-UA 278* (same as HIST-UA 206), History of the Roman Empire
M-Th 4:30-6:05, Ari Zatlin

This course will offer a detailed overview of the history of the Roman Empire, perhaps of the largest, most long-lived, and successful imperial project the world has ever known. Students in the course will develop an understanding of how the Roman Empire functioned in a variety of facets, looking at evidence from ancient literature and historiography, inscriptions, coinage, and archaeological material. Throughout the course, we will explore broader historical questions concerning several particular aspects of Roman life such as: the method by which Rome’s form of government was transformed from republic to monarchy; how people living in Rome’s provincial areas interacted with the capital of Rome; and the social, cultural, religious, and economic institutions which developed to support Roman rule over such a large territory. This course will additionally provide experience with some of the critical methodologies and theories for studying and understanding any large political entity, historical as well as modern.

*Pre-college students register for section 060.

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