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.
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
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
Week 21. Revision - what did cultures owe to interaction with one another?
Week 22. Revision - what next for ancient global history?
Week 23. Revision