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Syllabus

Term 1 – Autumn 2019

Week 1 (4/10)

  • Introduction to the Roman Near East: geography
  • Introduction to the Roman Near East: sources

Week 2 (11/10)

  • Establishing the province: Pompey to Nero
  • Consolidation and expansion: Vespasian to Severus Alexander

Week 3 (18/10)

  • From Zenobia to Julian
  • The late Roman Near East

Week 4 (25/10)

  • The major kingdoms
  • Near Eastern dynasts

**Seminar: The Fall of Palmyra**

Week 5 (1/11)

  • Running the Near Eastern provinces
  • Trouble in Judaea

Week 6 (8/11)

  • No classes: Reading week

Week 7 (15/11)

  • The progress of urbanism: Syria and Phoenicia
  • Site in focus: Hatra

**Seminar: The Trial of Jesus**

Week 8 (22/11)

  • The progress of urbanism: Judaea, Palestine, Arabia
  • Site in focus: Petra

Week 9 (29/11)

  • Trade: land and sea
  • Temple economies

**Seminar: Commagene**

Week 10 (6/12)

  • Land use and landscapes
  • Water and communities

Term 2 – Spring 2020

Week 11 (10/1)

  • A world of villages
  • The Hauran

Week 12 (17/1)

  • The Palmyrena
  • Site in focus: Palmyra

Week 13 (24/1)

  • Religious architecture
  • Secular architecture

Week 14 (31/1)

  • Sculpture
  • Mosaics

**Seminar: Cultural Bilingualism**

Week 15 (7/2)

  • Funerary traditions and practices
  • Civic identities

Week 16 (14/2)

  • No classes: Reading week

Week 17 (21/2)

  • Religious communities: Greeks, Romans and 'Syrians'
  • Religious communities: Jews and Christians

**Seminar: Coinage and Civic Identity**

Week 18 (28/2)

  • The end of the pagan city?
  • Site in focus: Caesarea Maritima

Week 19 (6/3)

  • The military in Syria
  • Site in focus: Dura-Europos

**Seminar: Roman Syria and World Heritage**

Week 20 (13/3)

  • ‘Syrians’ abroad
  • The end of Roman Syria

Term 3 – Summer Term 2020

Week 21 (24/4)

  • The ‘rediscovery’ of the Roman Near East
  • Revision: time management and strategies

Week 22 (1/5)

  • Revision: gobbets
  • Revision: essays

Week 23 (8/5)

  • BANK HOLIDAY – NO CLASS

Hermel

Serjilla

Tyre