Human and Environment in Greco-Roman Antiquity

shaping and being shaped by the natural world

CLCV 327/ ESPN 249 (10)/ COLL 300

Spring 2018

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Schedule of Reading Assignments and Presentation Links

Required Text: D. J. Hughes. 2014. Environmental Problems of the Greeks and Romans: Ecology in the Ancient Mediterranean. Johns Hopkins


Selections from the following will be supplied as pdf handouts:



17 January: Introduction

22 January

24 January: human and environment

29/31 January: agriculture

26 January: Add/Drop ends

5/7 February: animals

      07 February: discussion

    12 February: heavy industry (metals)

  14 February: textile industry

19/21 February: warfare

Lecture, Thursday, February 22: Patrice Rankine, "Slavery and the Book in Virginia" Small 110 4:30

26/28 February: Zena Howard: how does ancient architecture provide models for mediating between humankind and the environment without electricity or fossil fuels?

28 February: Zena Howard's Main Event: 5.00-6.30, Commonwealth Auditorium, Sadler Center

3-11 March: Spring Break

12/14 March: Review and Exam 1

16 March: last day to withdraw from a class

19/22 March: the city and the environment (construction and hydraulic engineering)

lecture, Wednesday, March 21: Elaine Gazda, "Slaves and Servants in the Villa of the Mysteries,"  AIA  ISC 1127, 4:30

26/28 March: paradise, real and imagined

2/4 April: COLL visitor (Doug Herman: how do the experiences of a Polynesian navigator elucidate the environmental challenges faced by the Greeks and Romans?

Lecture, Monday, April 2: Jones Lecture: Christopher Craig 4:30 pm

9 April: health and natural disasters

11 April: CAMWS

Lecture, Friday, April 13: Martin Goodman

16/18 April: Dr. Vandana Shiva: how do ancient agricultural practices provide paradigms that illuminate modern-day issues of biotechnology and genetic engineering?

20 April: COLL 300 Academic Festival: ISC 2.00-5.00

23/25 April: Climate, ecology, and the ancient world