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This course examines the evolution of the political institutions and social structures of the Roman Republic from its foundation to its end. Some of the areas explored are the development of the Republican government system, particularly the function of the magistrates, the senate and the assemblies, the role of the elite and the people in […]


This course introduces the technologies developed and exploited in the Greek and Roman worlds, c. 1000 BCE to 400 CE, with an emphasis on their impact. Rather than focusing solely on the technological achievements of the Greeks and Romans, this course will instead explore ancient technologies in context: their intellectual, social, institutional, and economic backgrounds […]


Was the apostle Paul a Jew, a Christian, or something else? And more importantly, why does it matter? Why would Paul identify himself as a circumcised Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin and a Pharisee after experiencing a revelation of Christ? In this course, students answer these questions for themselves by engaging with historical evidence […]


UnRoman Romans: Bandits, exiles, sex workers, witches, and other outsiders in the Roman empire Not everyone could be an ideal Roman. Not everyone wanted to be an ideal Roman . This course will look at those who couldn’t – or wouldn’t – fit into the traditional mould from the bandits to political exiles to witches […]


THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF BRONZE AGE GREECE. The Trojan War, the Palace of King Minos at Knossos and the Mask of Agamemnon are only part of the story of the Greek Bronze Age. In this course, we’ll try to separate the myths from no-less fascinating evidence of life in prehistoric Greece. We’ll take an in-depth look […]


This course provides an overview of the three main western monotheistic (Abrahamic) religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—together with key concepts and issues in the study of religion. The focus will be on the origins, scriptures, histories, and contemporary varieties of each religion. We will explore several dimensions of religion, including identity, ritual, history, and authority as […]