CLCIV 223 - Greeks and Barbarian
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The ancient Greeks were inveterate wanderers. Many of their greatest heroes were adventurers like Perseus, Odysseus, and Jason. In the first millennium BCE, Greek explorers, traders, colonists, and mercenaries traveled all over the Mediterranean basin and adjacent regions, from Gibraltar to Afghanistan, from the Nile Valley to the Black Sea. They invariably left their mark on the places they encountered, and they were in turn deeply influenced by the various peoples they called Barbaroi, or speakers of incomprehensible languages.

This course offers an archaeological perspective on the interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks, and on how those experiences helped to shape both groups. Archaeology, the study of visual and material culture and the ongoing exploration of the physical remains of ancient civilizations, supplies perspectives on ancient Greek and related cultures that both illustrate and complement the information gained from written sources. New discoveries from every corner of the ancient world continue to add to, and sometimes to confound, received wisdom. Most importantly, archaeology enables us to tell the stories of the foreigners the Greeks encountered on their own terms, and not only in the words of Greek authors.

Inasmuch as we all define ourselves in relation to others, it was in a very real sense their exposure to different peoples and places that made the Greeks Greek. This aspect of Greek cultural self-definition remains relevant today, both because it helps to illuminate modern institutions such as democracy that have their roots in ancient Greece, and because it helps to illustrates modes of cultural accommodation and conflict, and problems of ethnicity and identity, that are still very much alive in our own multicultural world.

Course Requirements:

3 short (1000 word) essays; Midterm and Final Exams

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge or coursework required

Class Format:

2 lectures and 1 discussion section per week

CLCIV 223 - Greeks and Barbarian
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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