課程講師 馬思途 ((852) 3943 7858 / email@example.com)
助教 曹慧禕 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ancient Mediterranean world (c. 800 BCE-250 CE) is often seen as the fountainhead of “Western” culture, but what was it really like? This course will have two aims: to understand the core contributions (philosophical, political, literary, etc.) of the ancient Mediterranean world to later periods of “Western” history, and to understand its relationship to the rest of the world (Han China, India, ancient Near East, etc.). To do so, we will focus on a series of “moments” (and the related sources), which either had a particular influence on later periods or display the interconnectedness of the ancient world.
Week 1 (Sep. 9): What is the “West”? The Key Questions of the Course
Week 2 (Sep. 16): Archaic Greece: Linear B and the East Face of Helicon
Week 3 (Sep. 23): The Greek Polis, Warfare and Democracy
Writing Greek words quiz (handed out in class due Friday at 3pm).
Week 4 (Sep. 30): Greece and the World: The Persian Wars and Alexander
Week 5 (Oct. 7): Greek Philosophy: The Many Paths to Happiness
Week 6 (Oct. 14): Rome: Foundation, Growth and the Clash with Carthage
Week 7 (Oct. 21): Rhetoric and Cicero.
Week 8 (Oct. 28): Rome: Republic to Principate.
Reading: Polybius, Histories, Bk 1, ch. 1-4; Bk 6, ch. 1-18.
Week 9 (Nov. 4): Roman Law, Slavery and Empire.
Readings: XII Tables, Justinian, Institutes, 1,1-6 (persons); Institutes, 2,1-6 & 10-12 (property); Institutes, 3,23-25; Institutes, 4,3-5 (obligations – contract and delict); Digest 40.1-4 (manumission); “Imperium” in Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World [online through library website].
Week 10 (Nov. 11): Rome, India and China
Week 11 (Nov. 18): High Empire: Stoicism, Roman Architecture and the Provinces.
Week 12 (Nov. 25): Religion: Christianity, Judaism and Roman Religion.
Week 13 (Dec. 2) Why do we care about Western Antiquity?
20% attendance and participation in lecture
Each student is required to attend the weekly lecture and the tutorials, as well as participate in class exercises, Ureply quizzes, etc. (5%). Students must also ask at least two questions over the course of the semester (you must announce your name before you ask the question) (15%) with half the grade given for asking the questions (7.5%), then the other half given for the quality/relevance of the questions (7.5%). From time to time, I will also cold-call students on students.
20% 10-minute individual oral presentation in tutorial (week 8 or later) [might have to change if numbers are small…]
10-minute presentation (with PowerPoint) consisting of 5-minute summary of one reading/image of your choice (all readings must we covered, however, so it is 2 students maximum per reading) followed by 5-minute argument about why it is relevant to the key questions of the course. This should not overlap substantially with the text/topic of your digital essay. If you refer to Greek terms and names, please write them in the Greek alphabet. You will receive both instructor and peer feedback. You must email the PowerPoint presentations to the TA at least 1 hour in advance of class. You will receive a grade and comments based on ideas (40%), structure (20%), style (20%) and oral/gestural delivery (20%). The sign-up sheet for individual texts/images will be passed around in week 3.
30% 2 Homework exercises
There will be two short homework exercises: writing Greek words (Week 3) and mapping the Mediterranean (Google MyMap) (Week 5).
30% 1500-Word Take-Home Digital Essay (Story Map)
Answer an essay question of your own choice in the form of a digital Story Map. Possible essay questions might include:
This “illustrated digital essay” should be in the form of a Story Map of 10 pages using https://storymap.knightlab.com/and include relevant maps (generated by Story Map). The main task of the Story Map is explaining and making an essay-style argument about the events, topic or development (80-100-word paragraphs per slide), and include any images (from Wikicommons, lecture PowerPoints or elsewhere making sure to quote your source), and at least 3 relevant short quotations from sources you have read for class. Use Watercolor background. You must discuss your ideas with the TA or instructor before Week 11. Due on Friday of Week 12 at 5pm via email to instructor (email the Knightlab internet link to the instructor and submit a Word Doc. of the text only via Veriguide). This will be returned within two weeks via email with comments.
All readings will be primary sources. However, students looking for a textbook may refer to the relevant chapters in Norman Davies, Europe: A History. 2014 (copies in UL). More detailed treatments are found in J. Boardman, J. Griffin, and O. Murray, Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World (2002) and D. Potter, Ancient Rome: A New History(2014, etc.), which are available for purchase in various locations. For the class, however, you need only attend the lectures and do the provided readings for full credit.
Students should also look up the authors they are presenting on in The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World [available online through library catalogue].