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From Confucius to Constantine: Ancient Global History - Syllabus

General topics for the lectures across Terms 1, 2 and 3 are outlined below. These are subject to change depending on the particular interests of the module group.

Term 1:

Week 1. What is Global History, what is Ancient Global History and how will this module work?
Week 2. Overview of Ancient Mediterranean History + the kinds of evidence we have. Text of Megasthenes' Indika
Week 3. Overview of Ancient West Asian + Central Asian History + the kinds of evidence we have + Seminar 1. See the text of the Behistun Inscription of Darius and evidence for Parthian kings 2nd c CE.
Week 4. Overview of Ancient Indian history + the kinds of evidence we have
Week 5. Overview of Ancient East Asian history + the kinds of evidence we have + Seminar 2


Week 7. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: the ‘Axial age’ of great thinkers and ideas + Term 1 Assessment hand in
Week 8. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Evolution of Empires + meeting of histories
Week 9. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Religious spread
Week 10. Introduction of Oiko.world, investigation of database + short presentations on connective ancient global historical examples

Term 2:


Week 11. Comparative histories: social relations between Greece and China + Oiko.world digital assessment session (for those persuing pathway 'C' in Term 2 Assessment)
Week 12. Comparative histories: politics and state formation in Mediterranean, Asia and China + Seminar 3
Week 13. Comparative histories: writing history across the ancient world
Week 14. Connective history: the development of the ancient Silk Roads + Seminar 4

Week 15. Connective history: the changing meaning of goods traded east and west


Week 17. Connective history: the migrations of peoples east and west + Term 2 Assessement hand in
Week 18. Connective history: the spread of ideas east and west

Week 19 Connective history: the development of art across connected cultures (or 'Did the Greeks ever make it to China?')

Week 20 What did the Romans think of the Chinese (and vice-versa)? Cultural identities in the ancient world

Term 3:


Week 21. Revision - what did cultures owe to interaction with one another?
Week 22. Revision - what next for ancient global history?

Week 23. Revision