Exploration of varied forms of servitude in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean; examination of human bondage in the Hebrew Bible, ancient Greece, Roman society, late antique religious teachings, and medieval Christian and Islamic societies; study of ancient slavery in modern political debates, historians’ writings, and television and film.
This course, a variant of which has been taught as a special topics course in the summer, is designed to expand the bulletin offerings in ancient and medieval history with a focus on important social patterns and practices that persisted and adapted over many centuries - in this case the treatment of some people as the partial or complete property of others. It is also designed to showcase the ways in which historically distant social and cultural phenomenon can have remarkable influence on modern societies, by their subtle influence on later social patterns and by their cultural reuse for new purposes. By focusing on one impirtant social historical topic, this course can engage undergraduates in a basic understanding of how scholarly views on the subject have changed over recent decades. Curricularly, this course is arranged to work as a regular, upper-division history course in European and Middle Eastern history.
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Added to 1819 Undergraduate Bulletin.