of Western Civilization I.
Summer I, 2000
Dr. Edmund Abaka
(8:30a.m. -9:55 a.m)
Hours: Mondays and
Wednesdays 11:40 a.m. -12:40 p.m.
is a lecture and readings course beginning with the evolution of the
human species and paying attention to the origins of civilized life in
Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete, Greece, and Rome.
The accomplishments of the Egyptians will be dealt with more
fully than is usual in a survey of this kind.
The reason for this will
become apparent as the semester unfolds.
Following the decline of the Roman Empire in the fifth century,
we will examine the emergence of Feudalism culminating in the beginnings
of European civilization. The
major monotheistic religions that emerged in this time period - Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam - will receive the attention they deserve.
appropriate junctures, we will look at the role of archaeology and some
of the 19th and 20th century
archaeologists, linguists, and historians, who brought the
accomplishments and wonders of the ancient world to light.
They include Jean-François Champollion, Sir Henry Rawlinson, Howard
Carter, Lord Carnavon, Heinrich Schliemann,
Sir Arthur Evans, Michael Ventris, and others.
should be supplemented with information from the assigned textbooks.
in this course depends to a large extent upon the following:
lively curiosity about what happened in the past
class attendance and careful note-taking
reading of the text and the assigned chapters.
Greaves, Zaller, and Roberts,
Western Civilizations, vol 1 (New York: Longman)
McKay , Hill and Butler
A History of Western Society vol.
William Hughes (ed.), Western Civilization. Vol. 1
Day of Class…………………………………….Wednesday,
Day to drop a class without a “W”……………….Tuesday, May 23
June 23 ( MM 215)
to each lecture a list of IDs will be put on the blackboard, or
projected onto a screen. These
serve as an outline of the upcoming lecture and also as a guide for
are well-advised to begin each class by copying the ID’s.
a survey course as broad as this one, attendance is important.
A missed lecture can cost you a half century, a century, or more
of history. Should you be
unable to attend a lecture for good reason, find someone in class who
will allow you to copy his/her notes. If, after doing this, you have any questions, do not hesitate
to contact me for help.
will be taken at the beginning of each class.
Consistent absences can result in a student being deleted from
the class roll.
students in History 131 are expected to abide by the University of Miami
Honor Code. Copies of the
Code are available from the offices of the College of Arts and Sciences
on the second floor of the Ashe Administration Building.
order to receive a grade in this course a student must take the two
examinations and hand in a paper. The
examinations will take the following format:
I - Essay:
This will be a general question relating to what you have learned so far
from the lectures and the reading.
Students should use their best English prose style.
Write complete sentences and do not list or abbreviate.
II: Historical Paragraphs:
Students will select two out of three questions to be answered in an
informative paragraph. Experience
has shown that a good paragraph requires at least three-quarters of a
page in the Examination Bluebook.
final exam covers the entire course, but with an emphasis upon material
covered since the first exam.
course will cover the following topics:
and Human Beginnings
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 1-6
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 3-6
and Social Developments in the Neolithic Age
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 7-11
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 6-10
Advent of “Civilization”
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 11-13
Civilization vol 1. “ The Earliest Civilizations” pp. 4-5
- Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Assyria
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 15-22
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 10-20; 47-58
Civilization vol 1. “Grisly Assyrian Record,” pp. 21-23; 24-27.
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 23-26
Hill and Butler, A History of
Western Society. pp. 20-40
Civilization vol 1 “Hatshepsut”; “ Lost Tomb” pp. 6-15;
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 44-60; 70-96
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 3-6; 62-101; 104-130
Civilization vol 1 “Classical Tradition”; “Games for Boys and
“Martial Republics”; “Athenian Democracy”; “Herodutus” pp.
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 60-68
Civilization vol 1 pp. 48-51.
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 97-122; 149-173
McKay, Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 134-200
Civilization vol 1 “Democrary”; “Friends & Romans”pp.
Roman Empire and Christianity
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 123-148
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 200-216
Civilization vol 1, “Judeo-Christian Heritage”; “Women and
“Feminism?”; pp. 88-119.
Feudalism and the beginnings of European civilization
Greaves, Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations of the West. pp. 174-294
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 242 ff.
Civilization vol 1 pp. 169-173
Islam and Judaism
Zaller and Roberts, Civilizations
of the West. pp. 181-205
McKay , Hill and Butler, A History of Western Society. pp. 230-237
Civilization vol 1 “Moslems & Byzantines”; “World of
PAPERS (4-5 pages)
be preceded by short presentations 5-10 minutes each.
No late papers
will be accepted.
contribution of Islam to the development of Western Civilization
and Western Civilization
development of agriculture as an economic activity
and the environment in ancient times
developments of the ancient period.
in the Ancient Near East
in Greece and Rome
Origin and Development of the Olympic Games to the 5th
Leisure in Greece and Rome
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Sports in Ancient Greece
Impact of Alexander the Great on Egypt or Alexander and the Hellenic
Tiglath Pilesser III
The Significance of Rivers in the Development of the Ancient Near East
Hannibal and Rome
Religion in Ancient Egypt
The Code of Hammurabi and its relevance to the development of the Legal
System of the Ancient Near East
Slavery in Greece
Slavery in Rome
Carthage, Phoenicia and Trade in the Mediterranean region
The Pyramids of Egypt
Constantine and the Rise of Christianity
Paul and Christianity
The Sphinx of Egypt
The Punic Wars
Alcohol in the Ancient Near East
Use no less than three books excluding the required text. Use the
internet as well but remember that downloading information without
crediting the "source" amounts to plagiarism.