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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:

1. What is Global History, what is Ancient Global History and how will this module work?
2. Overview of Ancient Mediterranean History + the kinds of evidence we have
3. Overview of Ancient West Asian + Central Asian History + the kinds of evidence we have
4. Overview of Ancient Indian history + the kinds of evidence we have
5. Overview of Ancient East Asian history + the kinds of evidence we have
6. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: the ‘Axial age’ of great thinkers and ideas
7. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Evolution of Empires + meeting of histories
8. Creating time-lines of coherence between cultures: Religious spread
9. Introduction of Oiko.world, investigation of database + short presentations on connective ancient global historical examples

Term 2:


10. Comparative histories: social relations between Greece and China
11. Comparative histories: politics and state formation in Mediterranean, Asia and China
12. Comparative histories: writing history across the ancient world
13. Connective history: the development of the ancient Silk Roads

14. Connective history: the changing meaning of goods traded east and west
15. Connective history: the migrations of peoples east and west
15. Connective history: the spread of ideas east and west

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

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

18 What happened next in ancient global history?

Term 3:


19. Revision - what did cultures owe to interaction with one another?
20. Revision / Potential Video Portal conference with students of ancient global history at another university

21. Revision