6931017 European History

Numbering Code U-LET26 36931 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Tue.4
Instructor name FUJII TAKASHI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This lecture aims to illuminate the various (political, social, cultural, religious, and economic) aspects of the Roman Empire through texts inscribed on stone and metal, i.e. inscriptions, in particular, Greek inscriptions. The timespan is from the end of the third century BCE to Late Antiquity. Inscriptions, which have been discovered in the order of hundreds of thousands, hold the idiosyncratic historical significance, different from that of literary sources often produced in the centre of the Empire. By dealing with Greek epigraphy, this lecture will also touch on a series of important historical themes related to the Greek world after Alexander the Great, which have often been neglected in textbook.

In the second semester, this lecture will, dealing with the timespan from the first century CE to Late Antiquity, address Greek identities under the Roman Empire, religious practices and their transformation, changes in Greek politics and society, and the Late Antique idiosyncrasies of the Greek world.
Course Goals Understanding the historical possibilities and limits of inscriptions, Greek ones in particular.
Achieving the research skills required for studying the various aspects of the Roman Empire through epigraphic evidence.

Explaining what impacts the Roman Empire exerted on the Greek world after Alexander the Great.
Schedule and Contents Introduction (1 class)
Overviews of epigraphic evidence, its idiosyncrasies and limits, the state of the art of Greek epigraphy, introduction to the Roman history, and the revision of the first semester.

Greek identities under the Roman Empire (3 classes)
Survey of Greek inscriptions which shed light on the formation of Greek identities in the Imperial period.

Tradition and innovation in religions (4 classes)
Explanation of the roles of tradition and innovation in Paganism, the Imperial cult, Christianity, Judaism, etc., through epigraphic evidence.

Changing mentality (2 classes)
Investigation the transformation of the mentality of the Greeks, their emotions, and their conceptions of death.

Ancient "global world" (2 classes)
Exploration of changes in the economy and the social relations that occurred in the "global world" of the High-Empire.

- Late Antique Epigraphy (2 classes)
Overview of the Greek inscriptions of Late Antiquity, from the third century CE to the seventh century CE.

- Conclusion and Feedback (1 class)
Discussion.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Students will be evaluated through a written exam at the end of the semester.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will be advised to revise handouts and to work on references dealt with in classes.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Not used
References, etc. Introduced during class
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