CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Section: 002 Ancient Technology
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
CLCIV 101 and 102.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course will survey the major ancient technologies, including mining, quarrying, metalworking, ceramic production, glass production, construction engineering, land and sea transportation, woodworking, weaving, and agriculture and irrigation. In addition, it will move beyond mere description in order to explore the social and economic roles of technology in the ancient world. Themes will include: prejudices concerning labour and production; the roles of artists, craftsmen and patrons in production; the social benefits and drawbacks of change; the accessibility of technology in the ancient world; and the influence of modern ideas concerning technology on the study of the ancient world. While discussions will occasionally include ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Bronze Age cultures of the Aegean, the emphasis will be on the technologies of ancient Greece and Rome. Particular attention will be paid to the primary evidence, both archaeological and literary (in English translation).

Course Requirements: Regular attendance at lectures and participation in class discussions. Readings of modern scholarship and, where appropriate, ancient sources (approximately 75 pages per week). Midterm and final exams covering the content of readings and lectures. One presentation or project leading to a short paper (5-7 pages) analyzing an aspect of the course topic, as agreed by both student and teacher. Where possible, students will be introduced to, and will work with, the holdings of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Intended Audience: Classical Studies concentrators and minors, and any student with a general interest in the ancient world.

Class Format: Lecture, 3 hours/week

CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
002 (LEC)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0415061377
Greek and Roman technology: a sourcebook : annotated translations of Greek and Latin texts and documents, Author: John W. Humphrey, John P. Oleson and Andrew N. Sherwood., Publisher: Routledge Reprinted. 1998
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