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Joel T Walker
HSTAM 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in Ancient and Medieval History

Seminar on selected topics in ancient and medieval history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

INTRODUCTION TO THE ROMAN NEAR EAST

A graduate-level introduction to the major sites and sources of the Roman Near East. Using two recent surveys (Butcher and Sartre) as our guides, we will investigate the history and archaeology of the Roman provinces of Syria, Palestine, and Arabia between the first and the early seventh centuries C.E.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion with freqent student presentations.

Recommended preparation

A working command of either Latin or Classical Greek, plus one or more modern European languages - preferably French or German. Substantial previous coursework (or independent reading) in Greek or Roman history, early Christianity, Judaism, or late antiquity.

Class assignments and grading

Participation and presentations - 60% Short papers - 40%

Participants in the seminar will give two presentations on particular sites or documents and hand in three short (4-5 page) essays based on close study of primary sources.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jennifer Weiss
Date: 02/02/2007