This team-taught cross-disciplinary course traces the history of the Mediterranean world from 5th century Athens to the rise of the Roman Empire. Special attention will be given to ancient biography, historiography, and philosophy. The first half of the course, “Pericles and Athens”, will include the study of Plutarch and Thucydides’s accounts of the lives of Pericles and Alcibiades as well as Plato’s Apology and Symposium. In the second half of the course, “The Rise of Rome”, works by Aristotle, Plutarch, Caesar, Cicero and Tacitus will be considered. Common sessions will be followed by individual colloquium sessions. Part of the Track One: Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization of the European Studies Program.