The Greco-Roman world is very much alive in the popular imagination, evident in the abundance of references in modern media, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Greco-Roman influence in the time after is so ubiquitous that it is better to say that it paved the way for western civilization as we know it today. However pervasive, these influences can sometimes be subtle. We want to elucidate these influences, be it for better or for worse (and there definitely are some pretty bad examples).
Furthermore, this course intends to explore not only the persisting aspects of Classical culture but also to delve into what society has chosen to discard along the course of history. This endeavor provides a more profound comprehension of the evolutionary path that has led to the contemporary cultural landscape.
Through this course, students will be able to gain a multifaceted understanding of how Greco-Roman civilizations shaped and gave rise to western civilization after their times in visual art, philosophy, architecture, literature, religion, politics and more. We hope that everyone can walk away with a better understanding of the growth and transformation of western civilization, with an appreciation for the continuity of innovations and stark awareness of the dangerous power of history (also some fun trivia!). Ultimately, this course seeks to foster a nuanced appreciation of the intricate relationship between historical continuity and cultural evolution, enhancing our ability to navigate the complex tapestry of Western cultural heritage.
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