This course provides an overview of the history of the built environment from its beginnings to about 1400CE. The scope is broad in geographical, cultural, and architectural terms. It is also an introduction to historical methods in architectural history. Students will learn a variety of ways to look at the history of architecture and cities while they learn both canonical monuments and less celebrated examples. Although the prime emphasis is on the Mediterranean basin, a substantial number of lectures will be devoted to Asia, Africa, and the pre-Columbian Americas. Our aim is to expose you to the architectural heritage of the past in its social and historical context.