Fall 2007

HUMS 630
Ancient Warfare and Society

Caldwell III,Robert C.

09/13/2007 - 12/13/2007
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Downey 113

This course examines the nature of Greek and Roman warfare and its impact on ancient societies from the Homeric age to Late Antiquity. In addition to studying the lives and campaigns of such dynamic military figures as Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Julius Caesar, we will also address crucial questions: Who became a soldier, and why? What motivated large-scale military conflict, and what ethical concerns are treated by ancient sources? How do the sources offer insight into how battles were fought? What can we know about the impact of war on noncombatants?

Readings include Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War; Xenophon, A History of My Times; Arrian, The Campaigns of Alexander; Livy, Hannibal's War; Julius Caesar, The Civil War, Ammianus Marcellinus, The Later Roman Empire; and other selections from historians, inscriptions, papyri and other material remains.

Students will be graded on class participation, a class presentation, and a final paper.

For the first class meeting students should have read H. Sidebottom, Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction.

In observance of Rosh HaShanah (Thursday, September 13th), this course will begin one week later on Thursday, September 20, 2007.


Robert Caldwell (B.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan) is visiting assistant professor of Classical studies.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Brian Campbell, GREEK AND ROMAN MILITARY WRITERS: SELECTED READINGS (Routledge), Paperback

Adrian Goldsworthy, ROMAN WARFARE (Collins), Paperback

Victor Davis Hanson, WARS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS (Collins), Paperback

Michael Sage, WARFARE IN ANCIENT GREECE: A SOURCEBOOK (Routledge), Paperback

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