CLCIV 125 - Mini Course in Classical Civilization
Section: 001 At Home with the Greeks & Romans
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Meets 09/05/17 - 10/20/17. (Drop/Add deadline=09/18/17.).
May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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All of us have a home, whether it consists of a whole house or a single room, and most of us have strong views about how our home should be furnished and decorated. We all know that entering into someone else’s house can reveal much about his or her character. In the same way, studying the physical remains of domestic buildings – including their decoration and furnishing – reveals much about the behavior and character of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

This course will tackle a series of topics, starting with the emergence of private housing in the Greek Dark Ages (tenth and ninth centuries B.C.) and moving forward in time to look at housing from cities such as Classical Athens. Questions raised will include how housing was influenced by the formation of cities, why the organization and decoration of houses changed so dramatically in the Greek world over a relatively short time, and what the remains of houses tell us about broader issues such as the character of the ancient Greek economy and the nature of social relationships. Moving on to the Roman world we will look at Italy itself (with cities such as Pompeii), and move outwards to study contrasting groups of evidence from some of the provinces, including North Africa. Questions raised will include the extent to which it is possible to talk about a standardized ‘Roman house’ and the degree to which housing in different areas provides evidence for the continuity of indigenous cultural traditions.

Course Requirements:

Grading will be based on attendance and participation, performance on one (out of a choice of two) short assignment, and a final test.

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of the ancient world or of issues relating to housing will be assumed.

Class Format:

Class will meet twice per week. Students will be required to attend regularly and to do one short reading each week. Class will consist mainly of lecture but with some discussion of the reading.

CLCIV 125 - Mini Course in Classical Civilization
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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