Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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CARS 2160 - 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
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 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
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • 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 in ancient thinking about war and warfare, to identify major developments, and be able to explain how and why those developments occurred.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural attitudes towards warfare in ancient Greek and Roman societies.
  • Students will be able to develop critical thinking skills by explaining 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 analyze critically and evaluate how perspectives and experiences of war varied according to gender, class, race, and geographical locations.
  • Students will be able to develop analytical skills by describing what repercussions different developments in ancient warfare had on contemporary society.
  • Students will be able to apply the fundamentals of literary and artistic analysis, to analyze and evaluate different types of literary evidence 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 develop arguments that demonstrate critical thinking and interpretive skills, and express those arguments orally and in writing.

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