May 18, 2021
CLAS 2350 - War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome
This course studies the nature and development of war and warfare in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. With a primary focus on the analysis of ancient texts, this course seeks to understand how the ancient Greeks and Romans thought and wrote about war, how their thinking and practice of war changed over time, and how these themes reveal important underlying changes in Greco-Roman society.
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 a wide range of literature from the ancient Greek and Roman world, in particular the variety of different cultures in the Mediterranean world from 700 BC to AD 400.
- Students will be able to define key concepts and terms in ancient thinking about war and warfare.
- Students will be able to identify and define major developments in ancient thinking of war, and will be able to explain how and why these developments occurred.
- Students will be able to explain the many different effects of war on ancient societies through a wide variety of literary and artistic expressions from diverse cultures and social situations.
- Students will be able to evaluate ancient representations of war through analysis of gender, class, race, and geographical locations.
- Students will be able to describe what repercussions developments in ancient warfare had on contemporary society.
- Students will be able to apply the fundamentals of literary analysis, to analyze and evaluate different types of genres and forms for reliability and utility in studying societal ideas and values.
- Students will be able to evaluate the cultural context of sources studied, and identify bias or predisposition in accounts given by primary literary sources.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural attitudes towards warfare in ancient Greek and Roman societies.
- Students will be able to produce written works that demonstrate interpretive skills.
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