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The Ancient Mediterranean World by Isabelle Pafford

The Ancient Mediterranean World

webcast.berkeley Course - History 4A

by Isabelle Pafford


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This course offers an introductory survey of the history of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the rise of city states in Mesopotamia c. 3000 BC to the transformation of the Roman Empire in the 6th century AD. The emphasis will be on the major developments in the political and social history of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, with special attention to those institutions, practices, ideas, and objects that have had an enduring influence on the development of western civilization. We will explore the changing configurations of power in the ancient Mediterranean world, not only political (cities, states, empires), but also socio-economic (personal wealth and status) and ideological (religion and belief systems). Lectures and textbook readings will provide an essential historical narrative as well as interpretations of central problems, while readings in primary sources (epic poetry, historiography, public documents, biography, etc.) will give students an opportunity in discussion sections to grapple with some of the evidence generally used to support such narratives and interpretations.

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Reviewer AnneTheMan
 December 19, 2007
Professor Isabelle Pafford's lecture series, rapidly taking the listener through the Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations and then landing in detail on the Greeks and Romans.
Pafford uses a lot of visuals, which tend to shut out podcast listeners, but then again she also addresses them.
Sometimes she drones on and sometimes she picks out a juicy bit - Why do Greek men go naked?
All in all true excitement for the discerning.

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