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Greeks and Persians


This course explores the various cultural, economic, military, political, and religious interactions between the Greeks and the Achaemenid Persians, rulers of the first world empire, and investigates how Herodotus, the "Father of History," constructed his grand narrative. The focus will be on the period from Cyrus the Great to Xerxes (559-478 BCE) but will include some attention to the later Greek and the modern reception of this early confrontation between east and west, including the movie 300.

Satisfies a major requirement in Classics.
Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies the Historical Thought Requirement


Students at all levels welcome. (Offered in alternate years.)