WOMENSTD 303 - Women in the Ancient Mediterranean
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Women make up half the population, and yet we have little evidence of their experiences in their own words for most of human history. This course engages creatively and deeply with the limits of historical knowledge by exploring the lives of women in antiquity. Focusing on the multicultural world of the Roman empire, we will examine the roles of women in the political, domestic, and religious spheres, as well as how women were implicated in major cultural transformations, such as the rise of Christianity. Through sources that include literary texts, medical treatises, material culture, and works of art, students will learn to read against the grain in order to explore the opportunities and obstacles that women faced long ago – and, in certain ways, still face today.

Course Requirements:

Attendance, participation, exams, writing assignments.

Intended Audience:

The course is open to undergraduates. Some exposure to Greek and/or Roman history is helpful but certainly not required.

Class Format:

Class will be a combination of short lectures and seminar-style discussion.

WOMENSTD 303 - Women in the Ancient Mediterranean
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0521818397
Roman women, Author: D'Ambra, Eve., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2007
ISBN: 1421421135
Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation fourth edition, Author: Mary R. Lefkowitz; Maureen B. Fant, Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press FOURTH 2016
ISBN: 9780521010733
Antigone : a new translation and commentary, Author: Sophocles., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2012
ISBN: 9780226260938
Roman women, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2001
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