Imperial Cities: Rome, Constantinople, Istanbul

A comparative study of the cities of Rome, Constantinople and Istanbul, the capitals of the most powerful empires of the Mediterranean from Antiquity to the Modern Period. Beyond the history and architecture of these cities, we explore key issues of urban history, including the role of cities as stages for the projection of imperial ideology, the position of religion, professions, neighborhoods, women, minorities and marginals, revolts, disease and healthcare, finally, entertainment.

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4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Norman Underwood
M: 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM KJCC 607