Course Details
ANTH 202 A   Ancient States and Empires Back to Results  


InstructorGroleau, Amy B.
MeetsMWF 1020-1110, ALUMNI 208
RestrictionsNo 2016 2015
DistributionSocial Science Requirement
Core AreaNone
Count TowardsNAST/Native American Studies

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This course provides an introduction to the study of the archaeological and literary records of selected ancient states and empires of the Old and New Worlds. The course addresses such questions as when and where did cities and states first emerge? What forces accounted for the emergence of ancient states and empires? What were some of the institutions and practices that provided stability and cohesion in the social and political lives of these societies? Why did ancient states collapse? Each term, examples are chosen from the following civilizations or regions of the world: Africa, Mesopotamia, China, Southeast Asia, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. The course compares and contrasts achievements in these civilizations in their forms of social, political, and economic organizations, religion, writing and account-keeping, science, and art and architecture. (A, AR)