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Race in the Ancient Mediterranean – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019

550.00 IVA included

Instructor: Benedetta Bessi, Ph.D.

Meets Thursdays 9.45 AM – 12.45 PM

Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20


Race in the Ancient Mediterranean

Learn about ancient thinking about race and ethnicity and how ancient thinking remains current and influential today. Investigate how categories of race and ethnicity are presented in the literature and artistic works of Greece and Rome. Our case studies will pay particular attention to such concepts as: notions of racial formation and racial origins; ancient theories of ethnic superiority; and linguistic, religious and cultural differentiation as a basis for ethnic differentiation. We will also examine ancient racism through the prism of a variety of social processes in antiquity: slavery, trade and colonization, migrations, imperialism, assimilation, native revolts, and genocide.

About the Instructor

Dr. Bessi has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Greece, Syria and Libya, and her research focuses on the cultural history of Greece, Rome and its provinces. She has taught a wide range of courses in Classical Studies at various American institutions in Rome since 2002.