Why Global Antiquity?

The minor in Global Antiquity offers students the opportunity to craft an individualized course of study on ancient societies, the development of “Classical” traditions, and their continuing cultural significance. Ancient societies in South Asia, ancient China, the Mediterranean, and the near East developed the enduring paradigms of thought that structure our ways of understanding the world; the Global Antiquity Minor trains students to develop tools of analysis for the ancient world.  The study of antiquity requires an interdisciplinary array of scholarly approaches to interpret the fragmentary sources (textual and material) that remain to us today: at the heart of all of these methodologies is a strong foundation in ancient languages to engage with cultures in their own linguistic form.  In designing a course of study, students are encouraged to seek unexpected connections across regions and periods, to think historically, and to view antiquity as dynamically transforming and globally interconnected through multiple forms of intercultural contact.

Image: The 11th Map of Asia (Descriptio Undecimae Tabulae Asiae) from Ptolemy’s Geography, depicting India beyond the Ganges (India extra Gangem) and the land of the Sinae in south-east Asia. British Library Harley MS 7182, 15th century. Public domain image accessed from Wikicommons.