HUM 124: The Ancient World

Current Classes

HUM 124: The Ancient World is the introduction to the Humanities sequence. Comparative exploration of central humanistic themes as reflected in diverse ancient oral traditions, texts and artifacts from peoples of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Levant and Mediterranean regions. Emphasis is placed on analysis of primary sources in their cultural and historical context and critical engagement with multiple ancient perspectives in relation to contemporary questions. Classes usually include different forms of learning, including close reading, lectures, performances, discussion, writing, and project-based activities. Fall and Spring.

Pre- or corequisite: LANG 120

HUM 124 Lecture Schedule - Fall 2018

These lectures are free and open to the public. Please check the seating chart for available open seating.

Fall 2018 - Lipinsky Auditorium 11:45 AM-1:15 PM (During Tuesday Free Hour)


October 2, 2018

Storyteller David Novak

Storyteller David Novak will perform various ancient oral narratives, including Greek epics and African and indigenous folktales, as well as highlight techniques for how storytellers connect with their audiences in any time period.


November 27, 2018

Silk Road
Faculty Panel

An interdisciplinary panel lecture focusing on intercultural connections along the Ancient Silk Road, 200 BCE - 400 CE.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate knowledge in the interdisciplinary study of ancient cultures, both in writing and orally
  2. Students identify the key features of a primary text or an artifact
  3. Students write a well-supported, organized, and clearly articulated argument
  4. Students articulate their own values and beliefs and compare them with those of diverse cultures studied, both in writing and orally