Summer 2018 - HS 231 D100
Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
Class Number: 7360
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Examines the social history of ancient Greece and Rome, particularly through the study of relevant artifacts, art, architecture, and ancient texts (in translation). Considers topics such as the lives of men, women, children and slaves; the home; dining; government; the economy; the army; death and burial; and entertainment.
When we study the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, we often focus on major historical events, large scale buildings and the incredible works of art that have survived. Rarely, however, do we talk about the everyday lives of the individuals living within these societies. What did they eat? How did they bathe? What kind of activities did they enjoy? This course presents a unique opportunity to examine the social history of ancient Greece and Rome, particularly through the study of relevant artifacts, art, architecture, and ancient texts (in translation). The course will consider how archaeology can shed light on such topics as the lives of men, women, children and slaves; the home; dining; government; the economy; the army; death and burial; and entertainment. The course will draw parallels between Greek and Roman society, as well between the ancient and modern world.
The course is organized both chronologically and thematically, forming two overarching units:
1. The archaeology of daily life in Greece
2. The archaeology of daily life in Rome
Comparisons between the two ancient civilizations will feature heavily in the second half of the course.
- Assignments 30%
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Final Exam 40%
Garland, R. Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2014)
Aldrete, G. Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia, Revised Edition (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)
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