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  Readings should be completed prior to the class period
for which they are assigned. Students are responsible for
any and all changes made to the syllabus during the semester.
Additional readings will be added.


Week 1      Week 2      Week 3      Week 4        Week 5

Week 6      Week 7      Week 8      Week 9        Week 10

Week 11    Week 12    Week 13    Week 14      Week 15





Week 1

9/2 Introduction. Early Human History and the First Civilizations


9/4 Gilgamesh, Eden, and the Origins of Civilization

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Week 2

9/9 Hittites, Hebrews, Assyrians and Persians- the Evolution of
Near Eastern Civilization.

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  • Perry, 18-28; OT selections

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9/11 Snake Goddesses and Homeric Heroes:
Civilization Reaches Europe

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Week 3


9/16 Man is a Political Animal- Rise of the Polis


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  • Readings: Perry, 42-46; Lycurgus, Thucydides, Hesiod

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9/18 Greek Religion and Values


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Week 4

9/23 Women, Slaves, Mules and Sophists- The Fifth Century


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9/25 Useless Questions, Self-knowledge, and the Cave


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Week 5

9/30 “Revolution Thus Ran Its Course From City to City, . . .“
The Breakdown of the Polis


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10/2 Alexander Cuts the Gordian Knot


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Week 6

10/7 Elephants over the Alps, Pyrrhic Victories, and a Roman Lake


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10/9 Lucretia and the XII Tables: Virtue and Law in Early Rome


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Week 7

10/14 Rome Crosses its Own Rubicon- Crisis and Revolution


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10/16 The Last of the Old Romans?


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Week 8

10/21 “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
Rome in the Principate and the Crisis of the Third Century.


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10/23 A New Religion, a New Capital, a New Society?


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Week 9

10/28 Jerusalem and Athens- What has Salvation to do with the World?


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10/30 The Prophet, Veils, Peoples of the Book,
and the Survival of Empire


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Week 10

11/4 Wergeld, the Consolation of Philosophy, and the Roman Shepard Gregory I, Clovis, Emmeram, and a Sacred Landscape


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11/6 Charlemagne and the Making of Europe


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Week 11

11/11 Lords, Vassals: Freedom, Service and Obligation


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11/13 Manors, Fairs, Merchants, and the Rise of Towns


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Week 12

11/18 Monks, Saints, Popes, and St. Peter’s Keys


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11/20 “How to live in this world, but for the next?” Patron saints,
Crusades, investiture, and marriage.


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Week 13

11/25 Heloise and the Doctors


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11/27 The Tomb, the Light, and the Troubadours


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Week 14

12/2 Rats, Plague, and Dislocation:
Social and Economic Reorganization


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12/4 New Worlds and New Monarchies: Reexamining Authority


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Week 15

12/9 Schisms, Mystics and Reformers


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12/11 Beatrice, Lucretia, and Mona Lisa


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