A Survey of Ancient History
Classics 62/History 11
Jim Caprio, Ph.D.
Class Meeting Place and time:
MWF 2:30 -3:45 or by appointment; 741 Franklin, Office D
408 554 5576
Classics 62/History 11 offers a comparison of several ancient civilizations and the important
intellectual, political, religious, and social advancements of the ancient world. As a survey course, we will cover
a lot of ground - roughly 4,000 years of history – and will be studying several cultures including those of
Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, and Rome. We will begin the semester investigating the rise of
city-states in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley and then, the Egyptian world under the Pharaohs. Next, we move
through the height of the Greek civilization from the fall of Troy to the death of Socrates and the conquests of
Alexander. We will end the semester with the rise and fall of The Roman Republic, the glory of The Empire,
and the emergence of Christianity and The Byzantine Empire.
In addition to examining past cultures, one of the objectives of this course is to promote an
understanding of the historical process and to develop the skills essential to historical inquiry. So, we will
analyze primary documents, evaluate alternative interpretations, and present our views in an intelligent and clear
manner. The challenge to the student is to discern for themselves the historical developments and to identify the
central issues and solutions inherent in them.
The Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History
(6th Edition) (Paperback). Prentice Hall,
on the syllabus )
, Brendan and
The Ancient World: Readings in Social and Cultural History
Edition) (Paperback) Prentice Hall, 2005. (AR
on the syllabus)
I will supply handouts for certain sections and for others, there will be additional online readings. If you
are unable to access the Internet or do not have a computer please speak with me or, you may come by my office
and borrow a copy.
2 Short Essays
Comment on the Requirements
Format of Midterm and Final:
Short Answers and Identification. The Final is
will cover the material
The Short Essays:
2-3 pages, Typed (please), double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12 pt. font. Each short
essay will be based on the reading for that unit and will allow students to use and analyze the primary sources.
We will go over the essay topics together at least three class periods prior to the due date.