Ancient Mediterranean History

This full-year course provides a survey of the development of cultures in the Mediterranean region, tracing the growth of civilization, with an emphasis on primary sources. By reading many firsthand accounts of ancient authors, students will gain a deeper understanding of what life was like for the people of the Ancient Mediterranean world in their own words. This primary source material will be studied in the context of a clear chronological timeline and frequent map work.

This seminar-style class will explore the political, economic, social, and cultural achievements of the civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean world from their origins through the fall of Rome. We will consider the development of these cultures over time, their place within their historical and geographical context, and their enduring legacies.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.


Prerequisites: None
Instructor: TBD
Age Level:  14 - 18
Minimum Enrollment Required:
Maximum Class Size: 16
Tuition per Semester: $390
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
Class Meets: TBD

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(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Rachel Shunk, M.A.

Rachel Shunk received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and her M.A. in English from the University of Dallas in 2008 after being homeschooled from the 4th grade through high school and attending Cosumnes River Community College, where she graduated with Highest Honors. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Literature and is writing her dissertation on medieval poetry, specifically on Chaucer’s use of Ovidean and other myths to probe the mysteries of the resurrection. She has taught in various capacities for almost fifteen years, most recently teaching online for homeschool families in Canada and teaching Latin online for the Dallas College summer program.  Her favorite academic forays have included participating in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Summer Shakespeare for the Stage program in London (for which she received a bronze certificate for sonnet performance) and five months research as a Scholar-in-Residence at C.S. Lewis residence the Kilns in Oxford. She splits her time between Virginia, where many members of her large family reside, and Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her dog, Leela.



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Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations


The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece


The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome


Herodotus: The Histories


The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives


Fall of the Roman Republic


The History of Rome