HIST 830 War and Society in Classical Greece and Rome


Major Requirements: 200-level equivalent, History of Europe

This course explores war and society from the Greek Archaic Age in the 8th century BCE to the ‘Crisis’ of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century CE. We shall be looking at changes in the groups who fight wars, and the ways these relate to larger social, economic, and political movements, as well as how war was thought about by participants and non-combatants, and shifts in these attitudes over time. Archaeology is very relevant; the most important evidence, however, is provided by reading literary texts: ranging from the very familiar, such as Homer, Thucydides and Plato, to introductions to the fascinating but lesser known, such as Aeneas Tacitus and Frontinus. Artistic evidence, both public and private, will also be central to this course. Part of the Track One: Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization of the European Studies Program.