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Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B110-001The World Through Classical EyesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCollege Hall 104Donohue,A.
ARCH B135-001Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and MethodsFirst Half / 0.5Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWCarpenter Library 25Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B135-00AFocus: Archaeological Fieldwork and MethodsSemester / 0.5Laboratory: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM FCarpenter Library 25Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B135-00BFocus: Archaeological Fieldwork and MethodsSemester / 0.5Laboratory: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM FCarpenter Library 13Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B205-001Greek SculptureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFCollege Hall 104Donohue,A.
ARCH B211-001The Archaeology and Anthropology of Rubbish and RecyclingSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCarpenter Library 25Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B306-001Monumental PaintingSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TCarpenter Library 17McFadden,S.
ARCH B316-001Trade and Transport in the Ancient WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FCarpenter Library 13Magee,P.
ARCH B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TCarpenter Library 17Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B506-001The Archaeology of Greece and Asia Minor during the Archaic and Classical PeriodsSemester / 1LEC: 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM MDalton Hall 6Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B615-001Mystery CultsSemester / 1Lecture: 4:30 PM- 6:30 PM WDalton Hall 10McFadden,S.
ARCH B654-001The Archaeology of Prehistoric ArabiaSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM FCarpenter Library 17Magee,P.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADonohue,A.
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBALindenlauf,A.
ARCH B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAMagee,P.
GSEM B623-001Figures of Resistance: Classical and ModernSemester / 1Lecture: 2:20 PM- 4:10 PM TTaylor Hall BBaertschi,A., King,H.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MCollege Hall 224
HIST B231-001Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 300Truitt,E.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCarpenter Library 25Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B217-001Captive Greece, Captor Rome?Semester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCollege Hall 104Donohue,A.
ARCH B218-001Food and Archaeology in Greece, Past and PresentSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FCarpenter Library 25MacKay,C.
ARCH B252-001PompeiiSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHMcFadden,S.
ARCH B301-001Greek Vase-PaintingSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 15Lindenlauf,A.
ARCH B359-001Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology: IllustrationSemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM THCollege Hall 104Donohue,A.
ARCH B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FCarpenter Library 17Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARCH B501-001Greek Vase PaintingSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B634-001Problems in Classical Art: NarrativeSemester / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM TCollege Hall 102Donohue,A.
ARCH B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADonohue,A.
ARCH B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBALindenlauf,A.

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2017-18
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 2018
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2017-18
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)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B110 The World Through Classical Eyes
Fall 2017
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the "inhabited world."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2017-18
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)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B135 Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods
Fall 2017
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 B137 Focus: Introduction into Principles of Preservation & Conservation
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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)

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ARCH B204 Animals in the Ancient Greek World
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017
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)

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ARCH B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B211 The Archaeology and Anthropology of Rubbish and Recycling
Fall 2017
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)

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ARCH B215 Classical Art
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B216 Hittite Archaeology
Not offered 2017-18
A survey of the art and archaeology of Hittite Anatolia from the Assyrian Trade Colony period through the Iron Age Syro-Hittite or Late Hittite cultures. The Early Bronze Age background and the interconnections with the Syro-Mesopotamian world are also addressed.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B217 Captive Greece, Captor Rome?
Spring 2018
The Western classical tradition is not monolithic, but contains elements from both ancient Greek and Roman culture. This course examines the relationship between the two, from the Hellenistic era and the expansion of Roman power in the Mediterranean through the absorption of the Greek world into the Roman Empire, and its later consequences, emphasizing the primary evidence of the visual arts and contemporary texts. Suggested preparation: 100-level coursework in history of art, classics, archaeology, or comparative literature.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B218 Food and Archaeology in Greece, Past and Present
Spring 2018
This lecture and discussion course will explore food, foodways, and migration in ancient and medieval Greece through the study of archaeological approaches from the nineteenth century to the present day. We will take a comparative and multicultural approach to the exploration of practices and methods of archaeology, and consider how interest and knowledge of food has changed with the development of new techniques. We will also consider literary evidence and the modern history and ecology of Greece and how they shed light on the understanding of food and drink in the ancient and medieval world.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B226 Archaeology of Anatolia
Not offered 2017-18
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 B230 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
Not offered 2017-18
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B238 Land of Buddha: The Archaeology of South Asia, First Millenium B.C.E.
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B252 Pompeii
Spring 2018
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra
Not offered 2017-18
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 B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2017-18
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)

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ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting
Spring 2018
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 B303 Classical Bodies
Not offered 2017-18
An examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the "classical ideal" in antiquity and later times.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B304 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2017-18
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 B305 Topics in Ancient Athens
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Acropolis
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2017
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2017-18
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 Bronze Age Internationalism
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores the rise and fall of the first international age in the eastern mediterranean. We will focus on the cultural and diplomatic connections between Egypt, Syria, Anatolia and the Aegean during the Bronze Age, c. 2000-1200BCE.. Prerequisites: ARCH B101 or B216 or B226 or B230 or B240 or B244.

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ARCH B314 Ancient Greek Seafaring and Shipwrecks
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines the diverse evidence for ancient Greek seafaring and shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea from prehistory to the beginning of the Roman Empire. By focusing on archaeological, literary, iconographic, and epigraphic evidence, the course explores ancient Greek, Phoenician, Etruscan, and Roman interconnections in the Mediterranean Sea, through special attention to trade routes, commerce, colonization, economy, naval and maritime technology, cultural interactions, sea exploration, and piracy.

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ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Fall 2017
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 B329 Archaeology and National Imagination in Modern Greece
Not offered 2017-18
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
Not offered 2017-18
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
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Illustration
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities, or related fields is strongly recommended.
Current topic description: The topic for Spring 2018 is "illustration," broadly construed, and considered as both a subject of and a tool for study. The course will include discussions of common readings and individual reports. Emphasis will be on primary materials and their interpretation. The scope of the course is not limited to classical antiquity or classical studies; discussion will involve a wide range of ancient and modern practices. Topics include cognitive, technical, and historical issues such as the visual means of presenting information, the documentation of places and artifacts, the evidentiary and intellectual value of illustrations.

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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 2018
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
Not offered 2017-18
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
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Acropolis
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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ARCH B506 The Archaeology of Greece and Asia Minor during the Archaic and Classical Periods
Fall 2017
This course discusses the material culture discovered in Archaic and Classical sanctuaries, cemeteries, and settlements in Greece and Asia Minor, taking into consideration past and present archaeological theory and interpretive trends. Key topics include human interaction with material culture, social change, and the use of space, landscape, and religion.

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ARCH B508 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2017-18
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 B512 Bronze Age Internationalism
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores the rise and fall of the first international age in the eastern Mediterranean. We will focus on the cultural and diplomatic connections between Egypt, Syria, Anatolia and the Aegean during the Bronze Age, c. 2000-1200BCE.

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ARCH B514 Ancient Greek Seafaring and Shipwrecks
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines the diverse evidence for ancient Greek seafaring and shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea from prehistory to the beginning of the Roman Empire. By focusing on archaeological, literary, iconographic, and epigraphic evidence, the course explores ancient Greek, Phoenician, Etruscan, and Roman interconnections in the Mediterranean Sea, through special attention to trade routes, commerce, colonization, economy, naval and maritime technology, cultural interactions, sea exploration, and piracy.

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ARCH B516 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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
Not offered 2017-18
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 B605 The Concept of Style
Not offered 2017-18
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
Not offered 2017-18
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 B615 Mystery Cults
Fall 2017
An investigation of the phenomenon of mystery cults, their foundation and dispersal from the Classical through Hellensistic and early Roman periods. A study of the topography and monuments of specific cults and of representation of mysteries in sculpture and painting.

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ARCH B617 Herculaneum: Villa dei Papiri
Not offered 2017-18
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 B628 Assyria and the West: Neo-Hittite States
Not offered 2017-18
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 Classical Art
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Narrative
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A seminar dealing with current issues in the art of ancient Greece and related traditions.
Current topic description: The visual art of the classical cultures may be characterized as "representational" in both prevailing forms and content. Much of its representational content is classified as "narrative," a category that has long occupied historians of Western art and culture. This seminar examines narrative art in ancient Greek and Roman art and related traditions, with emphasis on primary materials and on the historiographic context of the associated scholarship.

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ARCH B643 Mortuary Practices
Not offered 2017-18
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
Fall 2017
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
Not offered 2017-18
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 B692 Archaeology of Achaemenid Era
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017, Spring 2018
Unit of supervised work

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CSTS B213 Persia and The Greeks
Not offered 2017-18
This Course explores interactions between Greeks and Persians in the Mediterranean and Near East from the Archaic Period to the Hellenistic Age. Through a variety of sources (from Greek histories, tragedies, and ethnography, to Persian royal inscriptions and administrative documents and the Hebrew Bible), we shall work to illuminate the interface between these two distinct yet complementary cultures. Our aim will be to gain familiarity not only with a general narrative of Greco-Persian history, from the foundation of the Achaemenid Empire in the middle of the sixth century BCE to the Macedonian conquest of Persia some 250 years later, but also with the materials (archaeological, numismatic, epigraphical, artistic, and literary) from which we build such a narrative. At the same time, we shall work to understand how contact between Persia and the Greeks in antiquity has influenced discourse about the opposition between East and West in the modern world.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
Fall 2017
The GSem will explore classical figures of resistance such as Prometheus, Antigone, Electra, Medea, and Lysistrata and their reception in modern art and cinema. The focus will be on films and other works of art that re-appropriate and transform the ancient characters and their stories. We will discuss in particular how modern filmmakers re-contextualize the classical figures to shed light on contemporary historical, political, and social issues. Films will include Tony Harrison, Prometheus (Great Britain, 1998), Liliana Cavani, The Year of the Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklós Jancsó, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Arthur Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on reception studies, film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and political theory.

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Fall 2017
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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