CLAS 233: Science in the Classical World
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Interplay of knowledge, technology, and culture. Sources are the Egyptian, Hellenic, and Hellenistic wall-paintings, vase paintings, the artifacts, and surviving writings of, e.g. Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Vitruvius. These permit us to see the technical advances of the practitioners and to watch the slave-owning philosophers and engineers of the ancient eastern Mediterranean struggling to provide systematic explanations of these advances and of the natural world they see around them.