Ancient Humanities • HUMA1301

This course is an interdisciplinary, multi-perspective introduction to the cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic forms critical to the development of our individual and social values. The first half of this course will focus on pre–history, the earliest civilizations, and the impact of Greek and Roman society. The second half of the course will focus on the three great monotheistic traditions, Medieval Europe, and ends with the Italian Renaissance of the 1400s.


  • Week 1: The Beginnings of Civilization

Unit I. Early Civilizations

  • Week 2: The Tigris & Euphrates Rivers
  • Week 3: The Nile River
  • Week 4: The Ganges River
  • Week 5: The Yangtze & Yellow Rivers

Unit II. The Greco–Roman Traditions

  • Week 6: Greece: the First Democracy
  • Week 7: The Spread of Hellenism
  • Week 8: The Roman Empire

Christine de Pisan lectures

Unit III. The Abrahamic Traditions

  • Week 9: Ancient Israel
  • Week 10: A Christian Empire
  • Week 11: An Islamic Empire

Unit IV: The Rise of Europe

  • Week 12: The Holy Roman Empire
  • Week 13: The High Middle Ages
  • Week 14: The Late Middle Ages
  • Week 15: The Early Renaissance