This class will evaluate different approaches to study of politics as the foundation for a cross-cultural comparative study of empires. The class will begin with approaches to the study of authority more generally, and then consider the different models of ancient states. In the second phase, the class will approach the daily operations of empire from the perspective of economy and subjectivity. In the final phase, the class will consider potential limits to authority in the ancient and modern world.


Skill Level: Beginner