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Courses

Courses available to concentrators in Early Cultures (formerly Ancient Studies) include but are not limited to the following (beginning language courses are not listed here):

Anthropology [visit this department]
115 Urbanism in the Archaeological Record

Classics [visit this department]
1 The Greeks
2 The Romans
18 Indian Civilization through its Literature
21 Topics in Classical Literature and Civilization
40 Ancient Comedy and its Influence
50 Virgil, Augustus, and Rome
52 Religion and Magic in Ancient Greece
56 War and Society in the Ancient World
60 The Worlds of Late Antiquity
62 Greek Tragedy
70 Individual and Community: The Beginnings of Political Thought
75 Sociology of Gender in Ancient Athens
76 Ancient Utopias and Imaginary Places
90 Greek Mythology
99 Concepts of the Self in Classical Indian Literature
112 Comparative Themes and Topics
116 The Legacy of Virgil
121, 122 History of Greece
130 Ancient Greek Political Theory and Practice
131, 132 Roman History
140 Love, Sexuality, and Friendship
177 Ancient Law

Egyptology [visit this department]
120,121 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
133 Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts
134 Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieratic Texts
141 Ancient Egyptian Literature
142 Ancient Egyptian Religion and Magic
143,144 History of Egypt I-II: 5000-1000 B.C.
145 History of Egypt III: Libyans, Nubians and Persians in Egypt
146 History of Egypt IV: The Age of Cleopatra
150,151 Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture

History [visit this department]
97 Introductory History Seminar : Greeks, Romans, and Jews: Conflicts and Confluence in Civilization
100 Hellenistic History: From Alexander the Great to the Roman Conquest

History of Art and Architecture [visit this department]
1 Introduction to the History of Art and Architecture
25 Classical Art and Architecture
34 Roman Art and Architecture
35 Imperial Art and Architecture
52 Roman Art and Architecture from the Late Roman Republic to the Early Empire (First Century B.C.E.-First Century C.E.)

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World [visit this department]
3 Foundations of Western Art in Antiquity
5 Archaeological Fieldwork
36 Archaeology of Anatolia
37 Archaeology of Mesopotamia
38 Archaeology of Iran
45 Archaeology of Jerusalem
120 Topics in Old World Archaeology and Art
130 Greek Architecture
145 Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Judaic Studies [visit this department]
26 The Bible as Literature
41 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
47 The Hebrew Bible and the History of Ancient Israel
53 Jews and Judaism in the Ancient World from Hellenistic Times to 70 C.E.
98 Seminar in Judaic Studies (ancient topics)
99 Topics in Judaic Studies (ancient topics)
153 Exilic Responses to Crisis: Biblical Literature of the Sixth Century B.C.E.
198 Advanced Seminar in Judaic Studies (ancient topics)
199 Advanced Topics in Judaic Studies (ancient topics)

Philosophy [visit this department]
35 Ancient Philosophy
125 Aristotle
126 Plato

Religious Studies [visit this department]
2 History of Religions: Introduction to Christianity
71 New Testament and the Beginnings of Christianity
72 Christianity in Late Antiquity
88 Issues in the History of Religions (ancient topics)
188 Topics in the History of Religions (ancient topics)

Language Study
For Students interested in studying ancient languages, courses are offered in: Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew, Coptic, Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Phoenician, Sanskrit, Syriac, Targumic Aramaic, and Old Aramaic / Imperial Aramaic / Biblical Aramaic.

Early Cultures Seminar for Concentrators (AS100)
The seminar is the single required course for a concentration in Early Cultures. It is taught by faculty from various departments and pursues a question or problem across several ancient civilizations. Examples of seminar topics are: Sources and their Interpretation in Ancient Civilizations, and Perception and Representation of the Past in Ancient Civilizations. Members of the seminar will undertake supervised research on a subject of their choice. The course is open to juniors and seniors. It is recommended to take it in both years.