Course ObjectiveThis course explores theoretical approaches and key concepts used in
recent interdisciplinary research of ethnic identities in Antiquity.
At the end of the course the students will be able to understand and
critically discuss publications on the topic of ethnicity in the ancient
world. The students will be able to apply theoretical concepts and
approaches to a case study of their choosing in the field of classics,
ancients studies, or archaeology: they will be able to formulate a
relevant and original research question, to perform the case study, and
to present their findings both in oral and written form.
Course ContentKey topics include ethnicity and power, ethnicity and language,
ethnicity and religion, multi-ethnicity, as well as material culture and
texts as sources for our knowledge of ethnic identifications and
relations. Topics are taken from the entire ancient Mediterranean and
adjacent regions. After an introduction into social scientific theories
concerning ethnic identity and nationalism, we will discuss an number of
cases studies, such as the discourse of the ‘barbarian’ in Greek
ethnic, linguistic, and regional identities in the Hellenistic and Roman
religion and ethnicity in late antique Syria; the ethnogenesis of the
Method of Assessment(1) Weekly assignments and participation in discussions (20 %).
(2) Week 6: Abstract (20 %)
(3) Week 8: Presentation plus extended handout (60 %)
Entry RequirementsBachelor degree in Archaeology, Classics, Ancient Studies, Ancient
History, or a similar field of study.
LiteratureReading materials will be made available through Canvas.
Target AudienceResearch Master students Classics & Ancient Civilizations.
Additional InformationThis course (6 ec) alternates (in combination with a specialization
module or tutorial (6 ec)) on a yearly basis with the other core course
‘Text and Matter’(12 ec). The course will therefore not be taught in
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. mr. R.J. Allan|
|Examiner||dr. mr. R.J. Allan|
dr. mr. R.J. Allan
dr. A.M.J. Derks
prof. dr. R.B. ter Haar Romeny
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