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 A&H 206 - Ancient History


Self and Other in the Ancient World

What makes us into us, and others into others? This question might seem more of one for social psychology than for ancient history, but even though it underlies many debates in present-day society, it is by no means a new question. Like us, ancient societies struggled with definitions of their identities, in institutional groupings like in tribes, city states, leagues, and empires; but also in the contrasts between free citizens and slaves, newcomers and autochthonous inhabitants, men and women, the pure and the polluted, young and old, the civilised and the barbarian. This course traces these dividing lines of ethnicity, birth, age, class, wealth, gender, religion, and civic status through the ancient world, from the Mycenaeans to the Romans, passing a host of central and marginal characters on the way.

 During the course, a variety of types of primary and secondary material is used in class as well as for students’ work, offering the opportunity to learn how to deal with such wide-ranging material as a source for the study of history. Students will take over classes and do research, further delving into the subjects that interest them most.

NB: This course can count towards a history major.


Dr. Helle Hochscheid​



One of the following courses are required in order to take this course:

  • A&H 105 Classical Mythology
  • Any 100-level course in History

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following courses: 

  • 300 level courses in Antiquity
 This course is an alternative requirement for the following courses:
  • 300 level courses in History