Ancient Science and Technology

CLST 364

Ancient Greece and Rome are the soil in which Western science sprouted. Although earlier civilizations had advanced observational knowledge of the physical world, the Greeks were the first to wonder systematically about causes, to introduce theories of matter like atomism, and to develop practices, like induction, at the heart of the scientific method. This course will explore the peculiar shape of Greco-Roman curiosity about the natural world, including medicine; survey the debates among natural philosophers and their clashes with religion and popular morality; and sample Greco-Roman technologies that supported their scientific inquiry and their general day-to-day living.

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt
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Relevant to majors and programs that engage with the history of science and the ethics of techonology.

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Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
Literature in Translation?