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Splash Biography


Major: History, Classics

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2020

Picture of Alexander Reed

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a senior studying Classics and History here at UC Berkeley, and am currently writing a thesis on subelite economic motivations for Romanization. I've conducted research in France, Italy, England, and Spain, on everything from ancient pottery to medieval manuscripts. Outside of class, I'm also very involved in the local music scene, and love putting together and listening to concerts with friends.

Past Classes

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H666: How to Conquer France in 3 Easy Steps: Caesar in Gaul Through His Own Words in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
In the year 58 BC, Julius Caesar embarked upon a series of campaigns that would ultimately last nearly a decade and would radically alter the cultural and political landscape of the ancient world. This course will explore the first year of Caesar's conquest of Gaul as related by the general himself in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico. We will examine the major events of the first book—such as the Battle of Bibracte and the mutiny at Vesontio—as well as Caesar's portrayal of himself, his allies, and the barbarian "other." No experience with ancient languages is necessary, only a desire to learn more about the world in which they were spoken.

H570: How to Gain Absolute Power in 10 Easy Steps: The Roman Civil Wars and the Rise of Augustus in Splash Spring 19 (Mar. 16, 2019)
The transition from Republic to Empire during the civil wars of the first century BC has long been viewed as one of the defining moments in Western history. This transformation brought about a revolution in culture, politics, and society on such a scale as had never before been seen. By the end of this tumultuous period, the old aristocracy had been almost entirely wiped out, the state itself had been radically reshaped, and the course of history had been irreversibly altered - all this by a handful of ambitious young upstarts. Learn how they effected these changes and how you too can achieve such greatness!