The NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World presents the next talk in the Expanding the Ancient World Workshop
A Sea of Troubles? The Historical Impacts of Climate and Environment in Ancient Greece
Dominic Pollard (ISAW)
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 @ 5:30-7:00pm EST
This workshop is geared toward K-12 educators and registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Expanding the Ancient World is a series of professional development workshops and online resources for teachers. Keyed to the NYC Department of Education Social Studies Scope and Sequence, this program is designed to offer K-12 educators opportunities to develop their knowledge of the ancient world and to provide classroom-ready strategies for teaching the past with reliable sources. Featuring inquiry-based workshops, flexible lesson plans, and up-to-date research, Expanding the Ancient World aims to equip teachers with information and skills that they can share with their students. CTLE credits will be offered to New York State teachers.
When you think of Greece and the Aegean Sea, you might picture shining blue water, sleepy coastal villages, and sprawling olive groves. But such images mask a more hostile reality, where tectonic forces, changeable seas, and unpredictable weather present many challenges to daily life in the region. This was even more true in the deep past, when technologies of construction, transportation and agriculture were even more at the mercy of the natural world, and it may be again in the future, as the climate becomes more volatile. In this session, we will explore how the climate and environment of ancient Greece help us better understand the vibrant history of the region in the time of the Iron Age city-states, drawing on a range of physical, archaeological, and historical evidence. But we will also consider how our modern experiences of the natural world offer a way into thinking about the opportunities, constraints, and achievements of past societies in their geographical context.
Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hours.