Ancient Greece and Rome (HIST*2850) | College of Arts

Ancient Greece and Rome (HIST*2850)

Code and section: HIST*2850*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Dr. Margaret Erskine


Calendar Description:

The history of the Mediterranean World from prehistoric Greece through Classical Greece and Rome to the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire in the 4th century will be covered in this course.

Prerequisite:  2.00 credits

Topics will include Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, the Trojan War, Greek colonization, the development of the city-state, the Persian Wars, the birth of Athenian democracy and rise of the Athenian Empire, the Peloponnesian War, the foundation of Rome and period of Monarchy, the foundation of the Roman Republic, the Punic Wars, Roman dominance of the Mediterranean, Julius Caesar, the fall of the Roman Republic, Augustus and the foundation of the Roman Empire, the Julio-Claudian Emperors, and Christianity and the Roman Empire.

Learning Outcomes:

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will:

  • possess an understanding of the history of ancient Greece and Rome;
  • acquire knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman historical sources;
  • gain insight into the methodology employed by historians and archaeologists in discovering the ancient past and, in particular, shedding light on Graeco-Roman antiquity.

Evaluation and Weighting:

Test # 1 - 25%
Test #2 - 25%
Essay - 20%
Final Examination: Wednesday, April 21st, 8:30 – 10:30 am - 30%
TOTAL: 100%

Required Texts:    

A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society and Culture, Sarah B. Pomeroy, Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts, David W. Tandy and Georgia Tsouvala, 4th ed.
(Oxford University Press, 2020)  ISBN 978-0-19-092530-7

A Brief History of the Romans, Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola, Noel Lenski and Richard J. A. Talbert, 2nd ed.
(Oxford University Press, 2014)  ISBN 978-0-19-998755-9

Please note:  This is a preliminary web course description only.  The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first week of class of the Winter 2021 semester.