Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HIST1282 - History of Antiquity

Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 60 hours of theory.

Timetable :
Second term
Tuesday from 13:30 to 15:30
Friday from 15:45 to 17:45

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Learning outcomes :
This course aims to give to the students a thorough knowledge of Middle Eastern and Classical Antiquity, but also to make them aware of the variety of sources allowing to reach this knowledge. Moreover, it will raise their awareness of the diversity of civilizations that lived in the Mediterranean area and it will give them a clearer perception of the complex developments that took place in the ancient world.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

For the Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Letters : General :

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

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Course contents :
The course aims to provide an in-depth and dynamic view of the main civilizations that have marked the history of Antiquity around the Mediterranean. The main subject is Greco-Roman history, seen in the broader context of its origins and its various interactions with neighboring societies, notably Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia and even Carthage. The chronological limits of the course are the birth of writing around 3400/3300 BC. AD and the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in AD 476. The course is divided into six chrono-cultural sets, so as to highlight the interactions between peoples, parallel developments, divergent destinies. The course favors a critical approach to literary sources and documentary sources such as papyri, inscriptions, archaeological traces, iconographic sources. Beyond institutional and political history, an important place will be given to social history, to ancient religions (from Egyptian polytheism to the triumph of Christianity in the Late Empire), to the practices of daily life and to history of arts and literature.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course consists of a presentation with PowerPoint presentation, punctuated by readings of ancient texts. Interventions by outside researchers are planned in the form of (visio-) conferences on particular aspects seen during the course. Questions from students are always welcome.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Oral examination with preparation time.

Recommended or required reading :
Reference manuals:
- Orrieux (Cl.) & Schmitt Pantel (P.), Histoire grecque, Paris, PUF, 1995 [3e édition : 2016, 2e tirage : 2017] (Quadrige. Manuels)
- M. Le Glay (M.), Le Bohec (Y.), Voisin (J.-L.), Histoire romaine, Paris, PUF, 1991 [3e édition : 2016] (Quadrige. Manuels)

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