Academic Calendar 2017/2018 - Race, Racism, and Ethnic Identity in Ancient Greece and Rome
CLAS 3066 Race, Racism, and Ethnic Identity in Ancient Greece and Rome
Hours:Three hours of lecture per week for one term.
Description:Until very recently it used to be assumed that racism was a modern phenomenon and that it did not exist in the ancient world. This position has begun to change and historians have discovered numerous examples of racist thought and behavior in antiquity. This course is an examination of the origins and evolution of racist thought and behavior in ancient Greece and Rome. Special attention is paid to competing theories about racism and ethnic identity formation in antiquity as well as to the role played by ancient ideas about race in shaping modern racist ideas and practices. This course may be credited towards History.