ANTHRARC 287 - The Rise and Fall of Mediterranean Civilizations
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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May not be repeated for credit.
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From the Iliad to Alexander the Great, ancient Greece to the collapse of Rome. Why do civilizations rise? Why do they fall? In this course, Dr. Michael Galaty – an anthropological archaeologist with decades of experience digging in Greece and Albania – uses the Mediterranean as a venue for exploring these questions. The course begins with the Minoans and Mycenaeans, Europe’s first civilizations, which formed during the Bronze Age. In both cases, their origins and the reasons for their collapse are unclear: climate change? earthquakes? volcanic eruptions? plagues? invasions and warfare? Whatever the cause, the challenges met by Bronze Age peoples appear strangely familiar to us. We face similar challenges in our modern world. After a Dark Age, a new, vibrant civilization rose from the ashes: that of the Classical Greeks. Despite their military prowess, the Greek city-states eventually fell prey to various other Mediterranean empires. First, the Persians, followed by Alexander the Great, and finally, the Romans. The Roman Empire is a particularly interesting example of the rise and fall of civilizations, which we can compare to a more recent, very different imperial civilization: that of the Ottomans, who conquered Constantinople in AD 1453.

ANTHRARC 287 - The Rise and Fall of Mediterranean Civilizations
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 0521891272
The Cambridge companion to the Aegean Bronze Age, Author: edited by Cynthia W. Shelmerdine., Publisher: Cambridge University Press [Online-Au 2008
ISBN: 0631205594
Greek civilization, Author: Brian Sparkes (University of Southampton)., Publisher: Blackwell Publishers 1. publ. 1997
ISBN: 0312420668
Lords of the horizons : a history of the Ottoman Empire, Author: Jason Goodwin., Publisher: H. Holt 1st Picado 1998
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