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CLAS 195 – Ancient Gaming Workshop

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Section Description: This class focuses on a single, well defined 'event', the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE), and combines the traditional approach of studying ancient political and social history through primary texts (here Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch), with sophisticated board game simulations of the period. It goes well beyond the battlefield itself, combining social history, anthropology, material culture, historiography, and literary analysis. Games permit unique insights into complex systems: essential factors are identified and abstracted, and then 'put into play' in an infinitely variable, interactive environment. Social and historical processes can be modeled very effectively, allowing students to reach a more intimate understanding of historical events, progressing from 'what' and 'when', to 'why' and 'what if'.

CRN: 94931

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 15/32

Days Time Location
F 14:20 - 15:10 OLD MILL ANNEX A200

Instructor(s): John C. Franklin

Meeting Dates: 29 Aug 2016 - 09 Dec 2016