332-101-VA, The Ancient World
After exploring the onset of history, this course addresses the geography and evolution of the ancient world, from the invention of writing to the Fall of Rome. More specifically, early civilizations in the Middle East (Mesopotamia, Egypt) and Europe (Greece, Rome) will be introduced with special attention given to significant, social and cultural changes. Themes such as the birth of cities, the formation of early states, the invention of democracy and the republic, the institution of slavery, organized warfare, the transition towards monotheistic religions and the origins of the Liberal Arts curriculum will be surveyed, with a view towards understanding key aspects of Western history. Students will be exposed to ancient primary sources and issues related to their study.