Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean
Using sources in art, literature, and archaeology, this course will examine race and ethnicity in the ancient Western world. Ancient theories and attitudes on race and ethnicity help to shed light on how Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, and others perceived themselves and other groups within the diverse collection of cultures surrounding the Mediterranean. Viewed against modern conceptions of race and ethnicity, these sources will demonstrate the fluid nature of such categories in the ancient world and illustrate how recent movements (e.g., white supremacy) have intentionally misinterpreted and misappropriated classical sources in an attempt to bolster racist agendas.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of how people in the ancient world viewed race and ethnicity
- Familiarity with artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and other Mediterranean cultures
- Insight into how modern cultural movements appropriate classical sources
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Professionals who use critical thinking