ANCS 243: Life, Death, & Healing in the Ancient World

Credits 3
Applied Minors
How did people in antiquity define illness or health? How did they think about and manage the key transitional periods of a person's life such as birth, maturation and death? This course explores the ideas and practices of the healing arts and the handling of life transitions. The focus is primarily on ancient Greece, though the class will draw upon other ancient cultures for comparison, including Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern sources. Readings consist of primary and secondary sources in English.