2015 - 2016

  Racism in the Ancient World                                                                          
Prof. Benjamin IsaacGilman-humanities362Mon1400-1600 Sem  2
Gilman-humanities323Wed1400-1600 Sem  2
University credit hours:  4.0

Course description

Racism in the Ancient World 
The seminar will trace attitudes of Greeks and Romans to foreigners, both minorities in their own societies, neighbouring peoples and distant strangers. The general concepts will be traced that guided classical antiquity in its value judgments and ideologies, imperialist and others from the fifth century BC until the fifth century AD. The next will deal with specific peoples in Greek and Roman eyes such as Persians, Syrians, Egyptians, Gauls, Germans and Jews. Finally, a number of special subjects will be treated, such as stereotypes in art; provincial intellectuals in the Roman Empire; immigration and immigrants, and nomads.

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