|Semester and Year||SP 2014|
|Time||9:30 AM - 10:45 AM|
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
Modern nations and peoples frequently seek their origin and inspiration in societies that came before. They often gain from their predecessors a sense of history and cultural identity and use that past to shape contemporary relationships with other peoples, institutions, or landscapes. Ancient cultures, too, established intimate—and often highly politicized—connections to their own cultural history through monuments, literature, histories, and mythologies, often with seemingly little regard for what we think of as “the truth.” This course investigates the idea of the past (mythological and historical) in the shaping of Greek and Roman identities, the influence that existing monuments and landscapes had on classical ideas of what came before, and the use of oral, written, and visual material to communicate and perpetuate certain legacies. In addition to looking at the ways that ancient cultures used their own past to shape a cultural identity, we will also look at the ways in which ancient texts and archaeological remains have been employed in the shaping of modern national identities in Europe, Turkey, and Egypt. For their semester projects, students are invited to apply the questions we encounter in class to a historical period, political context, or geographical region that interests them. Course readings and central monuments may include the following: Stuart Hall, Anthony Smith, Jan Assmann, Andreas Huyssen, Homer, Herodotus, Pindar, the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, the Parthenon, the Great Altar at Pergamon, Virgil, the Ara Pacis.
First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)