NES 3802

NES 3802

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

We will consider two basic questions: did the ancient Greeks and Romans have a concept of race or racial identity? If not, what were the dominant collective identities they used to classify themselves and others? We will explore the causes and conditions that gave rise to collective identities that can be described as ethnic and (in some cases) possibly as 'racial' and how these identities worked in their given cultural and political contexts. We will start with Greek identity in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE, then moving to Macedonian identity and the conquests of Alexander the Great, and finally, to the Roman world, where we will explore the question of race and ethnicity within the context of inclusive citizenship. In each of these cultural contexts, we will briefly focus on slavery, examining whether slave identity was at all racialized.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: CLASS 3802HIST 3802

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16602NES 3802  SEM 101