Sep 27, 2023
CLAS 2320 - Democracy and Republicanism in the Ancient World
This course examines the rise and fall of the Athenian Democracy and the Roman Republic, placing particular emphasis on understanding the social, political, and cultural attitudes and developments that contributed to the development and collapse of these types of government. Because both types of government conveyed substantial political power and responsibility to the citizenry as a whole, the course takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to understand the views and experiences of the people who lived under these governments. Focusing on ancient sources, the course seeks to understand how ancient Greeks and Romans described and conceived of their types of government, and how they understood the erosion and collapse of those governments. The course uses a wide range of evidence, including architecture, art, drama, history, literature, and philosophy.
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to analyze and compare using literary analysis a variety of Greek and Roman texts concerning inclusion and exclusion in government according to gender, class, and race.
- Students will be able to identify the fundamental institutions that defined the Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic.
- Students will be able to describe how and why those institutions developed and ultimately collapsed.
- Students will be able to read widely across cultures, geographical regions, social contexts and chronological periods of the Greco-Roman world, and explain the influence of ancient democracy and republicanism on the development of modern government.
- Students will be able to use the fundamentals of literary analysis to analyze strengths and weaknesses of evidence and to connect it to its proper social and cultural context.
- Students will be able to recognize and engage in comparative historical and literary thinking to explain how ancient concepts of government persist in, and shape, modern thinking on these topics.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast the ways in which different authors and peoples spoke about and perceived the Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic.
- Students will be able to explain how the common element of widespread participation in government by the citizens helped shape the development and collapse of both types of government.
- Students will be able to produce written work that demonstrates interpretive skills.
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