Why study classical history?
It is simply impossible to consider ourselves informed, educated, and well-rounded people without a knowledge of the Greco-Roman world. So many aspects of all the historical periods and movements that would follow—religion, politics, philosophy, values, art, architecture, literature, historical consciousness, and government—are grounded in this era that was so formative and influential for western civilization. Whether we agree or disagree with how ancient folks thought, decided, and lived their lives, we must understand who they were as we adopt, adapt, or even react against what are the foundations of the world in which we live our own lives today.
Of related, cross-cultural interest
You may also want to consider an Independent Study and/or Fieldwork Internship connected to the Ancient Greco-Roman world. There are plenty of opportunities to study a particular topic that interests you (“Did Alexander the Great really think he was a god?”) or to work in a museum setting.
Other courses offered at Kean that study the classical world
AH 1700 Art from Prehistory to the Middle Ages
AH 3770 Greek and Roman Art
AH 4771 Byzantine Art
ENG 3300 Ancient Greek and Roman Literature in Translation
PHIL 2200 Ancient Philosophy
PS 3200 Classical Political Theory
There are, of course, thousands of websites of varying quality devoted to the ancient world. These are just a handful of reputable gateway sites that will take you into the range of fields connected to the study of classical culture.
American Philological Association
Routledge Classics Resource Centre
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Greco-Roman galleries
Main Kean catalog (see p.107 for history offerings): Undergrad Catalog
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