Course Overview

Catherine the Great (May 2, 1729/April 21, 1729 - November 17, 1796), was the most renowned and the longest ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from July 9, 1762 until her death at the age sixty-seven. She was born in Stettin Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. Her connection to the Romanov Dynasty will be explored and a short film will be shown that traces her history to the Romanov Dynasty and beyond. We will also discuss which DNA markers are most identified with the bloodline of the Romanovs.


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Section Title
Anthropological Genetic History: The Romanovs and Catherine the Great
Live Online
3:30PM to 5:30PM
Jun 25, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $20.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 22, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 22, 2021
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