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Syllabus

TERM 1

 

Week 1

  • Introductory session

Week 2

  • Syria before Rome; establishing the province: Pompey to Nero
  • Consolidation and expansion: Vespasian to Severus Alexander

Week 3

  • The Sasanian revolution
  • Palmyra

Week 4

  • The struggle for Mesopotamia
  • The rise of the federate Arabs

Week 5

  • Governors and provinces
  • ‘Client’ kings

Week 6

  • No classes: Reading week

Week 7

  • The major kingdoms
  • The civic hierarchy

Week 8

  • The progress of urbanism: Syria and Phoenicia
  • The progress of urbanism: Judaea, Palestine, Arabia

Week 9

  • Calendars and time
  • Land use

Week 10

  • The ‘Dead Cities’
  • Water and irrigation

TERM 2

Week 1

  • The Dead Cities, Chalcidice and the steppe
  • The Hauran

Week 2

  • Agricultural products, bulding materials and techniques
  • Civic politics

Week 3

  • The monumental city
  • Alternatives to the monumental city

Week 4

  • Hellenism and regional cultures
  • Architecture

Week 5

  • Architecture
  • Sculpture

Week 6

  • No classes: Reading week

Week 7

  • Mosaic
  • Material evidence for trade

Week 8

  • Pottery and the economy
  • Pottery session

Week 9

  • Pagan religion
  • Judaism and Christianity

Week 10

  • The military in Syria
  • Deployment of the army and fortresses

TERM 3

Week 1

  • The end of Roman Syria

Week 2

  • Revision

Week 3

  • Revision

Week 4

  • Revision

Hermel

Serjilla

Tyre