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Fall 2017-2018
HUM 470 / CLA 470 / EAS 470 / HIS 301 (LA)   na, npdf

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities - How the Past Became History - East Asia and the Ancient Mediterranean

Nino Luraghi
Federico Marcon

This course explores the emergence of history as a field of knowledge in the ancient Mediterranean and in East Asia. It will guide students to investigate the cultural presuppositions for historiography, comparing two cultures that created their own indigenous tradition, China and Greece, and two that borrowed and adapted foreign traditions, Japan and Rome. We will discuss the specific nature of historiography, comparing it with other ways of transmitting and/or constructing memories of past events, and reflect on the respective historical and cultural implications of these different ways of dealing with the past.

Sample reading list:
Herodotus, The Landmark Herodotus, trans. Andrea L. Purves
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, trans. Benjamin Jowett
Ssu-ma Ch'ien, The Grand Scribe's Records, Vol. VII
Owen, Stephen, An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911
Sallust, Catiline's Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories
Livy, The History of Rome, books 1-5, trans Anthony J. Woodman
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week.

Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Reserved Seats:
HUM Certificate Students Only 5


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21448 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   245   Enrolled:10 Limit:18