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HIST 365 The Ancient Near East and Greece

Prerequisite: HIST 262 or permission of the instructor. (Offered as needed/4 credits)

The course traces the early history of western civilization, from the origins of humanity in Africa, through the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, to classical Greece and the Hellenistic era. The emphasis will be on the forms and varieties of political, social, military and religious organization, the shaping of individual and collective identity, and the interaction and competition between states, religious authorities and cultures.