Autumn 2019, MTWThF 9.30-10.20am, SMI 211
Prof. Deborah Kamen, firstname.lastname@example.org
In this course, we will be examining the public and private lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans, with a special focus on status, class, and gender. The diversity of human experience in the ancient world will be explored through the following topics: Greek and Roman social organization (men, women, children, the elderly, slaves, and freed slaves); housing; dress; food and drink; sex and sexuality; health and sickness; death and beliefs in the afterlife; magic and religion; politics; theatre and music; art and architecture; travel; economics; law; warfare; athletics and spectator sports; etc. No prerequisites.
By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to identify the practices and ideologies of Greek and Roman society; understand the range of evidence for studying Greek and Roman social and cultural history; and appreciate the diversity of human experience in the ancient world.
Exam 1: 30%
Exam 2: 30%
Exam 3: 40%
Exams 1 and 2 will consist of ID’s (=identification of terms) and mini-essays; exam 3 will consist of ID’s, mini-essays, and one essay question about diversity in the ancient world. Exam 1 will cover lecture material and assigned readings from the first third of the course; Exam 2 the second third; Exam 3 the final third (though one should feel free to incorporate material from the entire course for the diversity essay). Do not bring blue books or Scantron forms.
Required course texts: Both of these books are available FOR FREE as ebooks through UW Libraries (you just need to log in with your UW NetID).
Aldrete: Aldrete, G.S. (2004) Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia. Westport, CT.
Garland: Garland, R. (2014) Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. 2nd ed. Indianapolis.