BLS 380: Ancient Cities

Ancient Cities is a history course, but we won’t be memorizing names and dates. We’ll be looking at four ancient cities- Athens, Alexandria, Rome, and Constantinople. We’ll look at how these cities emerged and evolved over time, what circumstances contributed to their success and decline, and key factors that can shape a society. We’ll also occasionally take a moment to examine issues associated with present and future ownership, conservation, administration, and presentation of the cultural past. It’s a very visual course.


You will not need to purchase any textbooks for the course! All required readings will be available online.