CLA 213 Special Topics in Ancient History
A survey of primary literary and material evidence and secondary scholarship on the constitutional law of ancient Athens and Rome. Primary attention will be given to the historical circumstances that precipitated fundamental reforms in the laws of the Athenians from Draco to Demosthenes (c. 620 BC-320 BC) and in the laws of the Romans from Romulus to Justinian (c. 700 BC-530 AD). Students will focus on a particular aspect of ancient law and will also learn something about how law shaped people's lives and how ancient laws are relevant to our conception and experience of law today.
Prerequisites: any 100 level course in Classic Civilization, Greek, or Latin, or permission of instructor.