People build houses, but how do houses build people? This course will explore the house in both form and concept throughout pre-industrial Western history, with a focus on the ancient Mediterranean world (ca. 1300 BCE–1000 CE). Drawing on modern theories of space and sociology, we will examine how the spatial configurations and broader settings of houses actively shaped the way people acted, interacted, and thought—as both individuals and members of a collective society—within a variety of historical and cultural contexts.
Also offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science as CLASARCH 128.