Olympian Shadows: Macedon and Its Neighbors in Antiquity


The home of both Alexander the Great and Aristotle, Macedon was pivotal to the course of ancient Greek and Roman history and yet stood apart as a culturally and politically distinct region. Macedonian dynasts dominated the Hellenistic world and deeply shaped Roman reception of Greek culture, while others profoundly affected the intellectual life of antiquity. We will explore topics ranging from ethnicity, religion, and the nature of kingship to urbanization and Macedon's emergence as a great power until its subsequent transformation at the hands of the conquering Romans. We will pay special attention to Macedon's neighbors, especially Thrace and Illyria, as well as to Macedon's relationships with the Persian Empire and the Greek coastal colonies. PREREQUISITES: AT LEAST ONE SEMESTER OF CLASSICS 341C, 342C, 345C, OR 346C, OR INSTRUCTOR'S PERMISSION.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM

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Olympian Shadows: Macedon and Its Neighbors in Antiquity
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