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Race in Antiquity and Modernity

Sam Flores

College of Charleston

This panelist discusses his approaches to teaching and discussing race and ethnicity in antiquity and its impact on modernity. Although it is important to teach about race and ethnicity in the ancient world, it is equally important to help students understand how many of the ideas from antiquity were developed by later students of the classics to create scientific theories of race in the 18th-20th centuries, especially in theories of environmental determinism, eugenics, and arguments for slavery in American history. These approaches have been successful in helping students understand the long-term impacts of not only classical ideas, but the impact of early classical scholarship on modern history.

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