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Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
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Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001 Introduction to Classical Archaeology Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 104 Donohue,A.
ARCH B203-001 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Carpenter Library 25 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B230-001 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Carpenter Library 25 Ataç,M.
ARCH B305-001 Topics in Ancient Athens Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Carpenter Library 13 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B312-001 The Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 13 Ataç,M.
ARCH B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Thomas Hall 102 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B505-001 Topics in Ancient Athens Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Carpenter Library 13 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B628-001 Assyria and the West: Neo-Hittite States Semester / 1 Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM T Carpenter Library 13 Ataç,M.
ARCH B643-001 Mortuary Practices Semester / 1 LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Donohue,A.
ARCH B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Magee,P.
ARCH B701-003 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Ataç,M.
ARCH B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B701-005 Supervised Work Semester / 1

Fall 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B104-001 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MW Carpenter Library 21 Magee,P.
TA Session: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM F Carpenter Library 17
TA Session: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM F Carpenter Library 17
TA Session: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM F Carpenter Library 17
ARCH B135-001 Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods First Half / 0.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 25 Lindenlauf,A.
Laboratory: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM F Carpenter Library 25
Laboratory: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM F Carpenter Library 25
ARCH B137-001 Focus: Introduction into Principles of Preservation & Conservation Second Half / 0.5 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 25 Lindenlauf,A., Weldon,M.
Laboratory: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM F Carpenter Library 15
Laboratory: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM F Carpenter Library 25
ARCH B205-001 Greek Sculpture Semester / 1 LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 104 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B226-001 Archaeology of Anatolia Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Carpenter Library 13 Ataç,M.
ARCH B304-001 Archaeology of Greek Religion Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Carpenter Library 15 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B308-001 Ceramic Analysis Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 25 Magee,P.
ARCH B398-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Carpenter Library 17 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B504-001 Archaeology of Greek Religion Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Carpenter Library 15 Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B508-001 Ceramic Analysis Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 25 Magee,P.
ARCH B608-001 Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM M Carpenter Library 13 Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B669-001 Ancient Greece and the Near East Semester / 1 Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM M Carpenter Library 17 Ataç,M.
ARCH B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Ataç,M.
ARCH B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B701-003 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Magee,P.
ARCH B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Tasopoulou,E.

Spring 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001 Introduction to Classical Archaeology Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Lindenlauf,A.
Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 PM F
Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM F
ARCH B204-001 Animals in the Ancient Greek World Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B238-001 Land of Buddha: The Archaeology of South Asia, First Millenium B.C.E. Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Magee,P.
ARCH B240-001 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Ataç,M.
ARCH B252-001 Pompeii Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B301-001 Greek Vase-Painting Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B352-001 Ancient Egyptian Architecture: The New Kingdom Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Ataç,M.
ARCH B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B501-001 Greek Vase Painting Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B552-001 Egyptian Architecture: New Kingdom Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Ataç,M.
ARCH B617-001 Herculaneum: Villa dei Papiri Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Tasopoulou,E.
ARCH B654-001 The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia Semester / 1 Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM M Magee,P.
ARCH B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Ataç,M.
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
ARCH B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B701-003 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Magee,P.
ARCH B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Tasopoulou,E.

2015-16 Catalog Data

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology Not offered 2015-16 A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology Spring 2016 A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions Fall 2015 This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B104 Counts toward Geoarchaeology Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky Not offered 2015-16 This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HART B125 Cross-listed as CSTS B125

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ARCH B135 Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods Fall 2015 The fundamentals of the practice of archaeology through readings and case studies and participatory demonstrations. Case studies will be drawn from the archives of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project and material in the College's collections. Each week there will be a 1-hour laboratory that will introduce students to a variety of fieldwork methods and forms of analysis. This is a half semester Focus course. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B136 Focus: Archaeological Science Not offered 2015-16 This is a half-semester Focus course offered as an introduction to the role of science in the contemporary practice of archaeology. Although it will often be sequential to another Focus course, ARCH 135: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods, it is a stand alone offering that will be of interest to a broad range of students. Topics covered in the course will include: radiometric dating (especially 14c), palaeo-environmental reconstruction, sedimentary analysis and geochemical provenience methodologies. This course will include a 1 hour lab. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B137 Focus: Introduction into Principles of Preservation & Conservation Fall 2015 This half-unit introductory course provides insights into the fundamentals of the practices of archaeological preservation and conservation and enhances the understanding of their significance in the archaeological process. This half-course deals exclusively with excavated materials that are still on-site or have been moved to a storage facility or a museum. Materials considered in this course include architecture, textiles, and portable objects made of clay, stone, and metal. While most of the finds are from land sites, occasional references to marine material are made. Most of the material used in the hands-on sessions comes from the Special Collections. Suggested preparation: basic understanding of chemistry is helpful. Course does not meet an Approach

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ARCH B203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries Not offered 2015-16 A study of the development of the Greek city-states and sanctuaries. Archaeological evidence is surveyed in its historic context. The political formation of the city-state and the role of religion is presented, and the political, economic, and religious institutions of the city-states are explored in their urban settings. The city-state is considered as a particular political economy of the Mediterranean and in comparison to the utility of the concept of city-state in other cultures. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CITY B203

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ARCH B204 Animals in the Ancient Greek World Spring 2016 This course focuses on perceptions of animals in ancient Greece from the Geometric to the Classical periods. It examines representations of animals in painting, sculpture, and the minor arts, the treatment of animals as attested in the archaeological record, and how these types of evidence relate to the featuring of animals in contemporary poetry, tragedy, comedy, and medical and philosophical writings. By analyzing this rich body of evidence, the course develops a context in which participants gain insight into the ways ancient Greeks perceived, represented, and treated animals. Juxtaposing the importance of animals in modern society, as attested, for example, by their roles as pets, agents of healing, diplomatic gifts, and even as subjects of specialized studies such as animal law and animal geographies, the course also serves to expand awareness of attitudes towards animals in our own society as well as that of ancient Greece. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARCH B205 Greek Sculpture Fall 2015 One of the best preserved categories of evidence for ancient Greek culture is sculpture. The Greeks devoted immense resources to producing sculpture that encompassed many materials and forms and served a variety of important social functions. This course examines sculptural production in Greece and neighboring lands from the Bronze Age through the fourth century B.C.E. with special attention to style, iconography and historical and social context. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HART B204

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ARCH B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture Not offered 2015-16 This course surveys the sculpture produced from the fourth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E., the period, beginning with the death of Alexander the Great, that saw the transformation of the classical world through the rise of Rome and the establishment and expansion of the Roman Empire. Style, iconography, and production will be studied in the contexts of the culture of the Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman appropriation of Greek culture, the role of art in Roman society, and the significance of Hellenistic and Roman sculpture in the post-antique classical tradition. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HART B206

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ARCH B211 The Archaeology and Anthropology of Rubbish and Recycling Not offered 2015-16 This course serves as an introduction to a range of approaches to the study of waste and dirt as well as practices and processes of disposal and recycling in past and present societies. Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of spatial disposal patterns, the power of dirt(y waste) to create boundaries and difference, and types of recycling. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ANTH B211

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ARCH B220 Araby the Blest: The Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula from 3000 to 300 B.C.E. Not offered 2015-16 A survey of the archaeology and history of the Arabian peninsula focusing on urban forms, transport, and cultures in the Arabian peninsula and Gulf and their interactions with the world from the rise of states in Mesopotamia down to the time of Alexander the Great. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B224 Women in the Ancient Near East Not offered 2015-16 A survey of the social position of women in the ancient Near East, from sedentary villages to empires of the first millennium B.C.E. Topics include critiques of traditional concepts of gender in archaeology and theories of matriarchy. Case studies illustrate the historicity of gender concepts: women's work in early village societies; the meanings of Neolithic female figurines; the representation of gender in the Gilgamesh epic; the institution of the "Tawananna" (queen) in the Hittite empire; the indirect power of women such as Semiramis in the Neo-Assyrian palaces. Reliefs, statues, texts and more indirect archaeological evidence are the basis for discussion. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B226 Archaeology of Anatolia Fall 2015 One of the cradles of civilization, Anatolia witnessed the rise and fall of many cultures and states throughout its ancient history. This course approaches the ancient material remains of pre-classical Anatolia from the perspective of Near Eastern archaeology, examining the art, artifacts, architecture, cities, and settlements of this land from the Neolithic through the Lydian periods. Some emphasis will be on the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age, especially phases of Hittite and Assyrian imperialism, Late Hittite states, Phrygia, and the Urartu. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B228 The Archaeology of Iran: From the Neolithic to Alexander the Great Not offered 2015-16 This course examines the archaeology of Iran from circa 6000 BC to the coming of Alexander the Great at the end of the fourth century BC. Through the course we examine the beginnings of agriculture, pastoralism and sedentary settlement in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods; Bronze Age interaction between Iran, Mesopotamia, south Asia and the Arabian Gulf; developments within the Iron Age; and the emergence of the Achaemenid Empire (538-332BC). Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B230 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt Not offered 2015-16 A survey of the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic through the Graeco-Roman periods, with special emphasis on Egypt's Empire and its outside connections, especially the Aegean and Near Eastern worlds. Writing Attentive Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Africana Studies Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B238 Land of Buddha: The Archaeology of South Asia, First Millenium B.C.E. Spring 2016 This course uses archaeological evidence to reconstruct social and economic life in South Asia from ca. 1200 to 0 B.C.E. We examine the roles of religion, economy and foreign trade in the establishment of powerful kingdoms and empires that characterized this region during this period.

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia Spring 2016 A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East Not offered 2015-16 A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as POLS B244 Cross-listed as HIST B244 Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii Spring 2016 Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city. Cross-listed as CITY B259

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra Not offered 2015-16 This course examines the life and rule of Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and the reception of her legacy in the Early Roman Empire and the western world from the Renaissance to modern times. The first part of the course explores extant literary evidence regarding the upbringing, education, and rule of Cleopatra within the contexts of Egyptian and Ptolemaic cultures, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her conflict with Octavian, and her death by suicide in 30 BCE. The second part examines constructions of Cleopatra in Roman literature, her iconography in surviving art, and her contributions to and influence on both Ptolemaic and Roman art. A detailed account is also provided of the afterlife of Cleopatra in the literature, visual arts, scholarship, and film of both Europe and the United States, extending from the papal courts of Renaissance Italy and Shakespearean drama, to Thomas Jefferson's art collection at Monticello and Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 epic film, Cleopatra. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome Not offered 2015-16 A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources and paying attention to art, archaeology and topography, this course explores the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and the representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CSTS B255 Cross-listed as HIST B285 Cross-listed as CITY B260

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome Not offered 2015-16 The often-praised achievements of the classical cultures arose from the realities of day-to-day life. This course surveys the rich body of material and textual evidence pertaining to how ancient Greeks and Romans -- famous and obscure alike -- lived and died. Topics include housing, food, clothing, work, leisure, and family and social life. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as CSTS B260 Cross-listed as CITY B259

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ARCH B270 Geoarchaeology Not offered 2015-16 Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors' ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Scientific Investigation (SI) Cross-listed as GEOL B270 Cross-listed as ANTH B270 Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting Spring 2016 This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor. Writing Attentive

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ARCH B304 Archaeology of Greek Religion Fall 2015 This course approaches the topic of ancient Greek religion by focusing on surviving archaeological, architectural, epigraphical, artistic and literary evidence that dates from the Archaic and Classical periods. By examining a wealth of diverse evidence that ranges, for example, from temple architecture, and feasting and banqueting equipment to inscriptions, statues, vase paintings, and descriptive texts, the course enables the participants to analyze the value and complexity of the archaeology of Greek religion and to recognize its significance for the reconstruction of daily life in ancient Greece. Special emphasis is placed on subjects such as the duties of priests and priestesses, the violence of animal sacrifice, the function of cult statues and votive offerings and also the important position of festivals and hero and mystery cults in ancient Greek religious thought and experience. Cross-listed as CSTS B304

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ARCH B305 Topics in Ancient Athens Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Writing Attentive Cross-listed as CITY B305

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ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis Fall 2015 Pottery is a fundamental means of establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and of understanding past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis and interpretation. Topics include typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory work on pottery in the department collections. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B312 The Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age Not offered 2015-16 This course is focused on the artistic interconnections among Egypt, Syria, Anatolia, and the Aegean during the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500-1200 BCE) and their Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000-1500 BCE) background. Prerequisites: ARCH B101 or B216 or B226 or B230 or B240 or B244. Writing Attentive

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ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World Not offered 2015-16 Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport. Cross-listed as CITY B316

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ARCH B323 On the Trail of Alexander the Great Not offered 2015-16 This course explores the world of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world on the basis of a variety of sources. Particular focus is put on the material culture of Macedonia and Alexander's campaigns that changed forever the nature and boundaries of the Greek world. Prerequisite: a course in classical archaeology or permission of the instructor.

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ARCH B324 Roman Architecture Not offered 2015-16 The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces,structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, "suburban" and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102. Cross-listed as CSTS B324 Cross-listed as HART B324

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ARCH B329 Archaeology and National Imagination in Modern Greece Not offered 2015-16 This course explores the link between archaeology, antiquity and the national imagination in modern Greece from the establishment of the Greek state in the early nineteenth century to present times. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, including history, archaeology, art history, sociology, anthropology, ethnography, and political science, the course examines the pivotal role of archaeology and the classical past in the construction of national Greek identity. Special emphasis is placed on the concepts of Hellenism and nationalism, the European rediscovery of Greece in the Romantic era, and the connection between classical archaeology and Philhellenism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Additional topics of study include the presence of foreign archaeological schools in Greece, the Greek perception of archaeology, the politics of display in Greek museums, and the importance and power of specific ancient sites, monuments, and events, such as the Athenian Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Olympic Games, in the construction and preservation of Greek national identity.

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ARCH B352 Ancient Egyptian Architecture: The New Kingdom Spring 2016 A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, but palaces, representative settlements, and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with. Prerequisites: ARCH B101 or B230 or B244.

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ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology or art history. Cross-listed as HART B358 Cross-listed as CSTS B359

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ARCH B398 Senior Seminar A weekly seminar on topics to be determined with assigned readings and oral and written reports.

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ARCH B399 Senior Seminar A weekly seminar on common topics with assigned readings and oral and written reports.

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ARCH B403 Supervised Work Supervised Work

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ARCH B403 Supervised Work Supervised Work

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ARCH B501 Greek Vase Painting Spring 2016 This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.

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ARCH B504 Archaeology of Greek Religion Fall 2015 This course approaches the topic of ancient Greek religion by focusing on surviving archaeological, architectural, epigraphical, artistic and literary evidence that dates from the Archaic and Classical periods. By examining a wealth of diverse evidence that ranges, for example, from temple architecture, and feasting and banqueting equipment to inscriptions, statues, vase paintings, and descriptive texts, the course enables the participants to analyze the value and complexity of the archaeology of Greek religion and to recognize its significance for the reconstruction of daily life in ancient Greece. Special emphasis is placed on subjects such as the duties of priests and priestesses, the violence of animal sacrifice, the function of cult statues and votive offerings and also the important position of festivals and hero and mystery cults in ancient Greek religious thought and experience.

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ARCH B505 Topics in Ancient Athens Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Topics vary. Previous topics include: Monuments and Art, Acropolis

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ARCH B508 Ceramic Analysis Fall 2015 Pottery is fundamental for establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis, and interpretation. Topics are typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory in the collections.

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ARCH B516 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World Not offered 2015-16 Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport.

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ARCH B529 Archaeology and National Imagination in Modern Greece Not offered 2015-16 This course explores the link between archaeology, antiquity and the national imagination in modern Greece from the establishment of the Greek state in the early nineteenth century to present times. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, including history, archaeology, art history, sociology, anthropology, ethnography, and political science, the course examines the pivotal role of archaeology and the classical past in the construction of national Greek identity. Special emphasis is placed on the concepts of Hellenism and nationalism, the European rediscovery of Greece in the Romantic era, and the connection between classical archaeology and Philhellenism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Additional topics of study include the presence of foreign archaeological schools in Greece, the Greek perception of archaeology, the politics of display in Greek museums, and the importance and power of specific ancient sites, monuments, and events, such as the Athenian Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Olympic Games, in the construction and preservation of Greek national identity.

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ARCH B552 Egyptian Architecture: New Kingdom Spring 2016 A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, but palaces, representative settlements, and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with.

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ARCH B570 Geoarchaeology Not offered 2015-16 Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors' ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology.

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ARCH B605 The Concept of Style Not offered 2015-16 Style is a fundamental concern for historians of art. This seminar examines concepts of style in ancient and post-antique art historiography, focusing on the historical and intellectual contexts in which they arose. Special attention is paid to the recognition and description of style, explanations of stylistic change, and the meanings attached to style, particularly in classical and related art.

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ARCH B608 Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology Fall 2015 This course explores a range of approaches to the study of landscapes that relates to core principles of the field of archaeology. It also discusses the construction of specific landscapes in the Mediterranean (e.g., gardens, sacred landscapes, and memoryscapes).

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ARCH B617 Herculaneum: Villa dei Papiri Spring 2016 The Villa of the Papyri is a 'villa suburbana' that housed a large collection of sculptures. Its reconstruction became famous as the Getty Villa. This Villa will serve as an 'exemplum' of a Roman villa to explore topics including early excavation techniques, libraries and the Epicurean philosophy, the concepts and meanings of villae, as well as the placement of statues and copy criticism

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ARCH B623 On the Trail of Alexander the Great Not offered 2015-16 This course explores the world of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world based on a variety of sources. Particular focus is put on the material culture of Macedonia and Alexander's campaigns that changed forever the nature and boundaries of the Greek world. Prerequisite: a course in Classical Archaeology or permission of the instructor.

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ARCH B625 Historiography of Ancient Art Not offered 2015-16 Our understanding of the material culture of classical antiquity and related civilizations, including the post-antique West, rests on information and interpretive frameworks derived from ancient texts. This pro-seminar explores how the history of ancient art has been and continues to be written, with emphasis on the ancient texts, their historical and intellectual contexts, and the uses to which they have been put in a variety of historical formulations from antiquity through modern times.

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ARCH B628 Assyria and the West: Neo-Hittite States Not offered 2015-16 This seminar revolves around the art and architecture of the Neo-Hittite states of the Iron Age in Syro-Anatolia from the lens of their relations with the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

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ARCH B634 Problems in Greek Art Not offered 2015-16 A seminar dealing with current issues in the art of ancient Greece and related traditions.

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ARCH B638 Archaeology of Assyria Not offered 2015-16 A seminar focused on the art and architecture of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (883-612 BCE). Emphasis will be on the cities, palaces, and decorative programs of the major Neo-Assyrian kings.

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ARCH B639 The Iranian Iron Age Not offered 2015-16 In this course we examine the archaeology of Iran and its neighbors to the south, north and east from c. 1300 to 300 BC. Through an analysis of archaeological data, we will examine questions related to subsistence strategies, trade and the response to imperial powers. The course incorporates an examination of the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire.

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ARCH B643 Mortuary Practices Not offered 2015-16 This seminar focuses on the mortuary practices of the ancient Greek and Macedonian worlds from the Iron Age to the end of the Hellenistic period. Special emphasis is placed on the examination of skeletal remains, funerary offerings, the art, and architecture of specific archaeological sites and on the study of various issues in the archaeology of death.

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ARCH B654 The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia Spring 2016 In this course we examine the archaeology of prehistoric Arabia from c. 8000 to 500 BC. Particular emphasis is placed upon how the archaeological evidence illuminates social and economic structures.

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ARCH B669 Ancient Greece and the Near East Fall 2015 Approaches to the study of interconnections between Ancient Greece and the Near East, mainly in the Iron Age, with emphasis on art, architecture, and intellectual perspective.

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ARCH B672 Archaeology of Rubbish Not offered 2015-16 This course explores a range of approaches to the study of waste and dirt as well as practices and processes of disposal and recycling in past and present societies. Particular attention will be paid to understanding and interpreting spacial disposal patterns, identifying votive deposits (bothroi), and analyzing the use of dirt(y waste) in negotiating social differences.

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ARCH B680 Problems in the Archaeology of Mesopotamia Not offered 2015-16 We will look at the art of second-millennium BCE states and empires of North, especially Mari, Mitanni, Middle Assyrian, and their interconnections with Anatolia and Egypt.

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ARCH B692 Archaeology of Achaemenid Era Not offered 2015-16 The course explores the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. It will be offered in conjunction with Professor Lauren Ristvet (UPENN) and will cover the archaeology of the regions from Libya to India fro 538 to 332 BC. Students will be expected to provide presentations as well as written work.

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ARCH B701 Supervised Work Fall 2015, Spring 2016 Unit of supervised work

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