CLA160 Lecture 1 Notes

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CLA160 Lecture 1 Notes
“Classical”
- time: especially the first millennium B.C. and the first half of the first
millennium A.D. (1000 B.C. – 500 A.D.
- place: Mediterranean world, especially Greek and Italic peninsulas –
anywhere ancient Greeks and Romans lived
Topics
- literature – Homer
- archaeology – Pompeii
- art – paintings on vases
- politics – forms, methods of government
- sociology – gender, social class, slavery
- mainly aristocratic
Relevance
- language – alphabets and languages of Greek and Latin related to the origin
of many modern languages
- classical culture – the historical basis of Western culture – history, drama,
literature, art
- classical politics – origins of modern politics – democracy
“Humanities”
- Greco-Roman civilizations
- tried to define the human in the context of the divine and the animal
- emphasized human consciousness of time, to look forward in time, to look
backward in time
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