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Race, Ethnicity, and Prejudice in the Ancient World

An introduction to the theoretical concept of ethnicity and related issues as they played out in the ancient Mediterranean world. In particular, a focus on the way Greeks and Romans defined themselves and distinguished themselves from other peoples as a way of assigning meaning to the universe, and how those attitudes motivated their behavior towards outsiders. Also an examination of the practical effects of such discourses on the lives of people who lived in Greek and Roman communities without belonging to the dominant groups, and some of the ways in which modern approaches to race and ethnicity have structured and sometimes distorted our collective understanding of the past. The materials studied include literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, as well as modern scholarship. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: SA, Critical Perspectives: S, Critical Learning: AIM, Critical Perspectives: S, Critical Learning: HP

1 unit — Cramer

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2021 Block 7 Race, Ethnicity, and Prejudice in the Ancient World Owen Cramer Cossitt Hall 110E 25 / 2 04/17/2021
Spring 2022 Block 7 Race, Ethnicity, and Prejudice in the Ancient World Owen Cramer TBA 25 / 25 04/17/2021
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