Classical Studies

Ancient History and Classical Civilization: AHC

Lower-Division Courses

AHC 310. Introductory Surveys in Premodern History.

Introductory survey of premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic 1: Introduction to the History and Culture of Spain. Same as European Studies 306 (Topic 2) and History 306N (Topic 13). The history of Spain from its beginnings in the stone age through the great social and economic upheavals of the twentieth century. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 310 (Topic: Introduction to the History and Culture of Spain), 310 (Topic 1), European Studies 306 (Topic: Introduction to the History and Culture of Spain), 306 (Topic 2), History 306N (Topic: Introduction to the History and Culture of Spain), 306N (Topic 13).

AHC 319. Introductory Surveys in Roman and Greek History.

Three lecture hours or two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic 1: The Ancient Mediterranean World. Same as Classical Civilization 319D and History 319D. Survey of the ancient Mediterranean from ca. 3000 BC to AD 476. Focus on the development of ideas and institutions in the Greek and Roman worlds and on the active cultural exchange among the diverse civilizations of the broader region that shaped Greek and Roman history and cultural identity.

AHC 119S, 219S, 319S, 419S, 519S, 619S, 719S, 819S, 919S. Topics in Ancient History.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the ancient history and classical civilization program. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Upper-Division Courses

AHC 325. Topics in Ancient History.

Topics in the history of the Greek and Roman empires and the surrounding area. Three lecture hours or two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: The History of Rome: The Republic. Same as History 321M. A survey of Roman history from the founding of Rome to the death of Julius Caesar. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic 1) and History 321M may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 2: The History of Rome: The Empire. Same as History 321. A survey of the Roman world from Augustus to Constantine the Great. Three lecture hours or two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic 2), Core Texts and Ideas 375 (Topic: History of Rome: The Empire), European Studies 346 (Topic: History of Rome: The Empire), History 321. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 3: Rome and Jerusalem. Same as History 321G, Jewish Studies 365 (Topic 7: Rome and Jerusalem), Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic 21: Rome and Jerusalem), and Religious Studies 365 (Topic 1: Rome and Jerusalem). A study of daily life in Israel during the Roman period, focusing on Jerusalem, ancient Palestinian synagogues and churches, Jewish and Christian symbolism, agriculture, warfare, and burial practices. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic 3), Classical Civilization 348 (Topic: Rome and Jerusalem), History 321G, Jewish Studies 365 (Topic 7), Middle Eastern Studies 320 (Topic 2: Rome and Jerusalem), 342 (Topic 21), Religious Studies 365 (Topic 1), Urban Studies 353 (Topic: Rome and Jerusalem). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 6: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World. Same as History 351D. History of Asia, Egypt, and the Mediterranean world from Alexander's expedition to Asia to Rome's defeat of the last of the Hellenistic monarchs at Actium (ca. 334 to 31 BC). Two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 7: Archaic and Classical Greece. Same as History 354E. Survey of Greek history from the emergence of the city-states to the rise of Macedonia. Two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic 4), 325 (Topic 5), 325 (Topic 7), Classical Civilizations 354C, 354D, History 354C, 354D, 354E. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 8: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory. Same as Classical Civilization 340 (Topic 8), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic 33), and Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic 42). Explores the development of complex societies in ancient Greece by studying its prehistory through archaeology. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory), 325 (Topic 8), Classical Civilization 340 (Topic: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory), 340 (Topic 8), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory), 321 (Topic 33), Middle Eastern Studies 320 (Topic: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory), 342 (Topic: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory), 342 (Topic 42), Persian 372 (Topic: Archaeology of Greek Prehistory).
Topic 13: The Ancient Historians. Same as Classical Civilization 322 (Topic 13). Examines the main works of ancient historiography, and provides grounding in the central issues with which these works engage. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic: Ancient Historians), 325 (Topic 13), Classical Civilization 322 (Topic: Ancient Historians), 322 (Topic 13).
Topic 15: Civil War in Rome. Same as Classical Civilization 348 (Topic 15). Examines the sequence of civil conflict in Rome from the struggle of the orders through the rise of Constantine the Great. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 325 (Topic: Civil War in Rome), 325 (Topic 15), Classical Civilization 348 (Topic: Civil War in Rome), 348 (Topic 15), History 362G (Topic: Civil War in Rome).

AHC 129S, 229S, 329S, 429S, 529S, 629S, 729S, 829S, 929S. Topics in Ancient History.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the ancient history and classical civilization program. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

AHC 330. Topics in Premodern History.

Topics in premodern history with emphasis on regions outside of the ancient Mediterranean world. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: The Dead Sea Scrolls. Same as History 364G (Topic 3), Jewish Studies 364 (Topic 4), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic 17), Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic 23), and Religious Studies 353D. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 330 (Topic: The Dead Sea Scrolls), 330 (Topic 1), History 364G (Topic 3), Jewish Studies 364 (Topic 4), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic 17), Middle Eastern Studies 320 (Topic 13), 342 (Topic 23), Religious Studies 353D. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Topic 2: Epics and Heroes of India. Same as Asian Studies 372 (Topic 40), Core Texts and Ideas 345 (Topic 11), and History 350L (Topic 54). Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 330 (Topic: Epics and Heroes of India), 330 (Topic 2), Asian Studies 372 (Topic: Epics and Heroes of India), 372 (Topic 40), Core Texts and Ideas 345 (Topic: Epics and Heroes of India), 345 (Topic 11), History 350L (Topic 54).
Topic 3: Mystics, Visionaries, and Heretics in Medieval Europe. Same as History 350L (Topic 74) and Religious Studies 375S (Topic 3). Examines particular mystical and visionary experiences within the context of medieval European Christianity. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 330 (Topic: Mystics, Visionaries and Heretics in Medieval Europe), 330 (Topic 3), History 350L (Topic: Mystics, Visionaries and Heretics in Medieval Europe), 350L (Topic 74), Religious Studies 375S (Topic: Mystics, Visionaries and Heretics in Medieval Europe), 375S (Topic 3).
Topic 4: Lost Languages and Decipherment. Same as Classical Civilization 348 (Topic 21), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic 37), and Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic 45). Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 330 (Topic: Lost Languages & Decipherment), 330 (Topic 4), Classical Civilization 348 (Topic: Lost Languages & Decipherment), 348 (Topic 21), Linguistics 350 (Topic: Lost Languages & Decipherment), Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 321 (Topic: Lost Languages & Decipherment), 321 (Topic 37), Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic: Lost Languages & Decipherment), 342 (Topic 45). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

AHC 378. Undergraduate Seminar in Ancient History.

Restricted to students in the Department of Classics. Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in Greek and Roman history. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Roman Law. Same as Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 1). Introduction to Roman law with close study of primary sources. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 378 (Topic: Roman Law), 378 (Topic 1), Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 1).
Topic 2: Aegean Prehistory. Same as Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 2). Traces political, social, economic, and general cultural developments on Crete and the Greek mainland between roughly 2200 and 1100 BCE. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 378 (Topic: Aegean Prehistory), 378 (Topic 2), Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 2), History 350L (Topic: Aegean Prehistory).
Topic 3: Writing Ancient History Today. Same as Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 3). Questions that engage ancient historians today and the methods that they use. Some background in ancient Greek history is recommended. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 378 (Topic: Writing Ancient History Today), 378 (Topic 3), Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 3), History 350L (Topic: Writing Ancient History Today).
Topic 4: The Athenian Empire. Same as Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 4). Explores Athenian society, democracy, and empire from the development of Athenian hegemony in the 470s BCE through the break up of the Athenian Empire in 404 BCE. Only one of the following may be counted: Ancient History and Classical Civilization 378 (Topic: Athenian Empire), 378 (Topic 4), Classical Civilization 375 (Topic 4), History 350L (Topic: Athenian Empire).

AHC 679H. Honors Tutorial Course.

Supervised conference course for honors candidates in ancient history and classical civilization. Three conference hours a week for two semesters. Prerequisite: For 679HA, upper-division standing and admission to the Ancient History and Classical Civilization Honors Program; for 679HB, Ancient History and Classical Civilization 679HA.