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Ancient and Medieval Western History

(2013-14 Term 2)

Lecturer: Prof. Noah Shusterman


Tel. (office): 3943 1765

TA: Mr. Jiang Hongda


Lecture Time: 9:30-11:15, Fridays

Lecture Venue: Room 306, 3/F, Lee Shau Kee building


Language: English


Course Description:

This course is an introduction to Ancient and Medieval Europe, from the beginnings of Ancient Greek civilization through the Black Death of the fourteenth century.  Given its time scope of over 2,000 years, we will not be trying to understand all of the events that took place during that time; instead, we will concentrate on several key events and try to use those to understand the cultures of the era and the values that the people of those eras prioritized.



This course has two goals. The first is to get students to understand the societies of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Medieval Europe. The second goal is to help students develop their skills in working with primary texts from the era.


  Required texts:

L. de Blois and J, Van Der Spek, An Introduction to the Ancient World

Maurice Keen, The Penguin History of Medieval Europe

All other readings will be available on-line.