2023-2024 Catalog

CLSS 320 Greeks and Barbarians

In the Persian Wars, Greek city-states twice defended themselves against the invading 'Barbarian' forces of the Persian Empire (490 and 480/79). Students in this course will be introduced to ancient Near Eastern politics and culture from a Persian (not Greek!) perspective, will analyze Western literary and filmic representations of the Persian Wars, and will acquire critical awareness of the cognitive and psychological processes (beneficial or harmful) behind formations of collective identity, stereotypes, and Us vs. Them world views. [H, GM1, V]


At lease one CLSS, HIST or LAT course, or permission of instructor