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Course DescriptionA survey of the Mediterranean world, beginning with the first humans and tracing the development of civilization from Mesopotamia and Egypt to ancient Greek City-States and the fall of Rome.

Section I301W
Mon., Wed. 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Room CA-210

Office Hours
Mon., Wed. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Room CA-292

course documents

Syllabus PDF HTML
Schedule PDF HTML
Examining Primary Sources PDF HTML
Midterm Review PDF HTML
Essay #1 (Gilgámesh) PDF HTML
Essay #2 (The Clouds) PDF HTML
Final Exam Review PDF HTML

Handouts & MAPS

Allegory of the Cave PDF HTML
Maps Archive   HTML
Map – Important regions   HTML
Map – First civilizations   HTML
Map – Bronze Age Aegean   HTML
Map – End of the Bronze Age   HTML
Map – Dawn of the Iron Age   HTML
Map – Assyria, Medea, Persia   HTML
Map – Persian Empire   HTML
Forms of government PDF HTML

Timelines

Periods of history   HTML
The Bronze Age   HTML
Iron Age Civilizations   HTML
Hebrews and Assyrians   HTML
5th Century Athens   HTML
Periods of Roman History   HTML
Republic - Wars in Italy   HTML
Rome's Mediterranean Wars   HTML

booksThree books are required: The Textbook, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Clouds.

(1) The Textbook:
Nagle, D. Brendan.
The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History, 7th edition.
New York: Prentice Hall, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0-205-63744-7.

Version note: This is a recent edition. If you buy a used copy, make sure it’s the 7th edition. If it’s an earlier version, it may not contain the same material or have the same page numbers.
The book is available from Lehman College Bookstore, either in person or at their online bookstore.
Available from online booksellers (see Amazon link below). Make sure to allow time for delivery.

(2) The Epic of Gilgamesh:
George, Andrew R.
The Epic of Gilgamesh:
The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts
.
London: Penguin Books, 2003.
ISBN: 978-0-140-44919-8.

Version note: Penguin has more than one Gilgamesh. I strongly recommend the Andrew George edition because he translated directly from the source. It also has a useful introduction.
If you get another edition, make sure it is based on the Standard Version of the epic. There is not a trustworthy version online, so you’re best off with the Penguin.
The book is available from Lehman College Bookstore, either on person or at their online bookstore (see link below).
Available from online booksellers (see Amazon link below). Make sure to allow time for delivery.

(3) The Clouds:
Aristophanes, and Marie C. Marianetti.
The Clouds: An Annotated Translation.
Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1997.
ISBN: 978-0-761-80588-5.

Version note: The play itself is widely available, but we’ll also be working with Prof. Marianetti’s annotations and interpretations, so you’ll want to get this version if possible. It’s regularly assigned in her classes, so it should be available used.
The book is available from Lehman College Bookstore, either on person or at their online bookstore (see link below).
Available from online booksellers (see Amazon link below). Make sure to allow time for delivery.

Here is the new link to the Lehman College Bookstore online.