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HSTAM 111 A: The Ancient World

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
EXED 110
F. Mira Green
F. Mira Green

Syllabus Description:



History of Ancient Mediterranean World


This course offers a broad introduction to the history of the Ancient Mediterranean World.  Because this class covers almost 3500 years, which includes many different cultures, we can focus only on selected moments and topics. The curriculum spans seven major cultural traditions – prehistoric Europe, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome, and Early Christianity – that have each played a key role in shaping world civilization. Readings for the course include selections from the canon of Near Eastern and European literature. However, other types of evidence, including art and archaeology, will also play a central role in our inquiry. Through an examination of these selected moments, a few themes of the course will develop: 1) various forms of governance and the role of law; 2) Empire; and 3) Men, women, and the social order. The course has no prerequisites other than healthy curiosity and willingness to think carefully about the past. 


For Entire Syllabus, Please See: HSTAM 111 Syllabus Autumn 2019.pdf



  1. Identify some of the major social, political, and cultural developments beginning in Bronze Age Mesopotamia through the Roman Empire.
  2. Learn the methods used in reading, analyzing and discussing ancient primary texts. Integrate this with analysis and discussion of secondary scholarship. 

  3. Improve writing skills for essays that meet the standards of the discipline of history.
  4. Practice different formats for public speaking and group work with peers.


REQUIRED READING                

  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. Andrew George (Penguin, 1999)
  2. Homer, The Essential Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2000).
  3. The Trials of Socrates, ed. C. D. C. Reeve (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2002).
  4. Course Reader (available on website)



IMPORTANT FOR ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES: Smith Hall will have no elevator service from June 17 through the end of November. Floors 2 and above are accessible only by stairs. Please contact faculty or staff members directly to arrange alternative meeting locations, if needed. You may also contact history advising (, 206 543-5691) or the department main office for assistance: or (206) 543-5790.

Catalog Description: 
Origins of Western civilization to the fall of Rome.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:15pm