This eight-week course aims to explore the lengthy crisis that has beset Greece and the wider Eurozone. Is it a purely economic phenomenon or something wider and deeper, as many Greeks would suggest? Are its causes to be found in the prevailing international financial environment or in the economic and political system that has evolved in Greece since the early 1970s? To what extent have choices made by both domestic and international actors, such as the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, assisted or exacerbated the crisis? Most importantly, what has been the impact of the crisis on the daily lives of the country’s residents, and what is this impact of the Greek crisis on the rest of the world?
This eight-week course explores the history of the region and the political, economic and cultural dynamics of Mediterranean societies from antiquity to the present day. The course discusses issues such as the birth and development of ancient Greek Democracy and its present legacy, the rise of the ancient Hellenic world, the rise and fall of regional and global empires in the region
Sports and Society in Ancient Greece & Rome: This course is a study of the role of sport in the Classical world, covering the period from roughly 3000 B.C.E. to the third century C.E., from the Bronze Age to the rise of Christianity and the decline of Greek sanctuaries. It will focus on the complex and sometimes controversial role that sports played in these cultures using a variety of ancient sources. We will explore such topics as the origins of Greek sport, the role of the gymnasium in the ancient world, the ancient Olympics, sport in Greek and Roman literature, and the history of gladiators and chariot racing in the Roman Empire
Alexander the Great and His Legacy: In this course we will examine the life of Alexander the Great and the ancient Mediterranean world in which he lived. We will also look at the impact he had on the historical development of that world after his death, the political use of his legacy from antiquity to the 21st century, and the fascination he continues to inspire. In addition to mastering the basic facts of Alexander's life, you will be asked to investigate where those facts come from, how and why they have been manipulated over time, and how all of this affects your understanding of the study of history in general.