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Course Description

This seminar explores how ancient Mediterranean writers and artists conceptualized ethnic groups, differentiated “Greeks” and “Romans” from other people, discriminated through the creation of ethnic hierarchies, and developed ethnicity in tandem with practices and knowledge about religion (e.g., Judaism, Christianity, Islam), culture, and geography. We will investigate how modern historians and classicists discuss race and ethnicity in antiquity, paying particular attention to how modern race science and racial categorization impacted their/our understanding of ethnic belonging in the past. Additionally, our course will attend to the use and abuse of classical history to justify white supremacy in modernity.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

This is an in-person course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts courses are designed to provide high-quality and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit

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School of Arts and Sciences