CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Section: 003 Rome and China: Comparing Ancient Empires
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
CLCIV 101 and 102.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Between roughly 200 BCE and 200 CE, the Roman and Han Chinese Empires dominated opposite ends of Eurasia. In many respects, the two empires were strikingly similar. They were roughly equal in size and population. Both faced the challenges of governing diverse subject populations and fending off aggressive external enemies. Both were bound together by transportation networks and shared elite cultures. Both, finally, bolstered their authority with complex myths and ideologies. Yet the differences between the empires — in matters as diverse as urbanization, bureaucratic government, and military strategy — were profound. Comparing Rome and Han Dynasty China allows us not only to explore the histories of two fascinating civilizations, but also to analyze the structural characteristics of premodern empires.

Course Requirements:

Students will be responsible for writing three essays (3-5 pages) and a final research paper (8-10 pages).

There are two required books:

  • Garnsey, P. & R. Saller. 2014. The Roman Empire: Economy, Society, and Culture (2nd ed.)
  • Lewis, M. E. 2007. The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han

Intended Audience:

Open to all students, including first-year students and non-History majors.

CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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